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Brackley Circular

Difficulty: Hard
Distance: 41 miles / 66.0 km

A ride starting north of Brackley, working its way around the outside in a clockwise direction before returning into Brackley again with some beautiful countryside along the way. This is quite a long ride so may sure you work your way up to it first.


  • Starting from the Leisure Centre, turn left up Pavillons Way then turn right at the end onto Halse Road, before following the road to the left onto Bridgewater Road
  • Turn left onto Ellesmere Road and follow to the end, turning left onto Radstone Road
  • Follow Radstone Road past Radstone, then crossing over the cross roads with the B4525 and into Helmdon
  • Follow the road through Helmdon and out the other side all the way into Wappenham
  • Just before you exit Wappenham, take the right hand turn signposted Syresham. There is a short steep hill here
  • Follow the road into Syresham and up the hill, turning left when you are opposite the School, following the road to the end. At the old main road, turn right then immediatley left heading towards Biddlesden
  • Follow the road up through Biddlesden, down the dip and back up the other side, following the road past the Turweston Aerodrome turn off, until you reach a cross roads, where you turn right to head into Shalstone
  • Continue through Shalstone and then turn right onto the A422 before taking the next left. Follow the road until the end and turn left at the T junction
  • Shortly after there will be a fork in the road where you need to turn right, heading up hill into a road with fields on either side, towards Mixbury
  • Continue past the Mixbury turnoff and cross the A421. After a short distance, take the right hand turn. Cross over the cross roads and into Cottisford
  • Continue through Cottisford, heading towards the A43, but turn left before you reach the A43, to go past Tusmore Estate
  • Turn right to cross over the A43 over the flyover, then turn right at the end of the road, heading towards Croughton
  • At the mini roundabout in Croughton, turn left, then continue all the way through the village and back up the hill the other side. Just before the top of the hill there is a right hand turn onto a small single track road. Take this road, heading towards Charlton
  • The lane will rejoin with the Charlton Road, where you need to turn right and head up the hill into Charlton
  • Continue straight through Charlton and onto Farthinghoe
  • Cross the A422 in Farthinghoe and take the Cockley Road, past the School and then past the Village Hall and out of the village, before a nice downhill section
  • Take the right hand turn, signposted to Halse, following the road for a bit before turning left to head towards Greatworth. Alternatively, you can continue straight and then turn right up the next right hand turn to avoid Greatworth but the hill is a bit steeper
  • Continue through Greatworth onto Marston Road, but once out or Greatworth follow the road to the right towards the B4525. There are some great views along this stretch of road
  • At the B4525, turn left and then the first right, heading in the direction of Sulgrave and Canons Ashby
  • At the end of the road, turn right and then right again to head towards Sulgrave
  • Continue through Sulgrave and out the other side, up the hill before heading downhill again and into Helmdon
  • In Helmdon, turn right and continue through the village and up the hill towards the B4525
  • Cross over the B4525 and continue past Radstone and back into Brackley
  • Turn right onto Ellesmere Road, then right at the end onto Bridgewater Road, before turning right onto Halse Road, then immediatley left onto Pavillons Way and back down the hill to the Leisure Centre

Places To Stop

  • The Rose and Crown in Charlton is a nice village pub
  • You can stop for a coffee and cake in Limes Farm in Farthinghoe
  • The Star Inn or Sulgrave Manor in Sulgrave


Routes and distances are for guidance only. Please follow the rules of the road.