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Water Stratford - Alternative

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 18 miles / 29.0 km

Explore the different counties around Brackley, crossing the borders of Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.


  • From the leisure centre turn left up the hill of Pavillions Way, turning right at the mini roundabout onto Halse Road, following the road round to the left, onto Bridgewater Road
  • Turn left onto Ellesmere Road, following it to the end, then turn right heading towards Northampton Road, before turning left towards the roundabout
  • Enter the roundabout and go almost all the way around it, exiting on Turweston Road
  • Cycle into Turweston, up the hill, following the road out of the village again before reaching the junction with A422. Turn left, heading towards Westbury. Be careful as this road can be quite busy with traffic
  • Once you get to the cross roads in Westbury, turn left and follow the road down the hill, with a steep uphill section
  • Continue on the road until you reach the cross roads at the end, then turn right and right again
  • Continue on this lane and it will eventually reach another crossroads where you turn right, away from Stowe
  • Cross the crossroads, being careful as this road can be very busy, heading towards Water Stratford
  • As you enter Water Stratford, look out for a single track road on the right and take it. This track is quite nice to ride along and cuts the corner from Tingewick
  • The lane will take you all the way into Finmere, where you turn right and continue out of the village
  • Look out for a fork in the road, where you want to turn left to head towards Mixbury
  • Follow the road for a bit before taking the right turn to Mixbury, turning right at the T junction, heading to Evenley
  • Continue through Evenley and join the cycle track before you reach the A43. The cycle track will take you all the way to Brackley, were you need to use the crossing points to get onto the A422 towards Banbury
  • Continue along the Brackley bypass until you reach the roundabout, turning right to head into Brackley
  • At the roundabout, turn left onto Pavillions Way and head back to the Leisure Centre

Places To Stop

  • Instead of taking the single track road in Water Stratford you can continue on the road to Tingewick, turning right at the end, where you will come to The Red Lion pub
  • The Red Lion pub in Evenley is near the end of the route but is a good place to stop with lots of tables outside by the road, as well as having a pub garden


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