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Walking and Cycling Maps and Routes

Maps, routes, journey planning and information for pedestrian and bike travel

Walking and cycling around the district is fun and easy, with a large number of planned routes to help keep you safe, avoid busy roads, and get you to your destination faster. There's a number of different walking and cycling maps on this page to help you find the best way of getting around town, or to explore the area. They have been individually drawn to show paths and routes which are open for you to use on foot or by bike.

Walking in West Berkshire

Our walking maps have been carefully drawn to show road crossing points, underpasses and short-cuts, with routes colour-coded to show the suitability of paths for all users. Maps are available for pdf icon Newbury [847kb], pdf icon Thatcham [1Mb], pdf icon Theale and Calcot [1Mb], pdf icon Tilehurst and Purley-on-Thames [528kb], and pdf icon Bradfield [20Mb].

If you're thinking of exploring the district beyond our walking maps, our Public Rights of Way and Open Access Land pages provide useful information to help you enjoy trails and routes within towns and the countryside.

Cycling across the district

Cycling is a cheap and easy way to travel, especially if you're only going a few miles. Our cycle maps can help show you which routes are suitable for your abilities, and can help you explore the district. The pdf icon Newbury and Thatcham Cycle Map [1Mb] shows a number of colour-coded routes which to help plan your journey in the way that suits you, while our other cycle maps can help you explore the district by a number of leisurely routes:

In addition, Reading Borough Council have published Reading Cycle Routes, a comprehensive cycling map of their area, extending into West Berkshire including Calcot, Tilehurst and Purley.

We also have a number of recreation cycle routes in and around West Berkshire available in the digital GPX format, which can be uploaded onto a compatible GPS device.  These routes have been developed by members of West Berkshire Spokes, and can be used in real time while on the move.  Click on each individual route to download.

The sustainable transport charity Sustrans can give you details of walking and cycling along the Kennet and Avon Canal, and along the National Cycle Network Route 4, linking London to Bristol and into Wales.  The Visit Newbury website also provide a range of recreational walking and cycling maps within the district and beyond via their Visit Newbury website. 

For more information about cycling nationally, take a look at the British Cycling, CTC (The National Cycling Charity), and Sustrans websites. They give advice on riding for fun, to work or competitively. There's local groups in West Berkshire too, including West Berkshire Spokes, and Newbury Road Club.

All of our walking and cycling maps are available to either download, or as hard copies. Contact us if you'd like to request a printed copy. 

Planning your journey by bike

If you're looking to travel more by bike, either locally or further afield, there are a number of online journey planners you can use.  
CycleStreets.net provides good online cycle journey planning tools and directions to help you to tailor a route to your specific needs.

West Berkshire Cycle Forum

The West Berkshire Cycle Forum meets on a regular basis to help liaise with us regarding all things cycling. It's made up from representatives across different organisations, with the needs of the cyclist at heart.
If you have any issues you want to raise with the cycle forum, get in touch with us.


Who To Contact

West Berkshire Council's Transport Policy team

01635 519505