Author Topic: Didcot  (Read 146040 times)

PaulF

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #975 on: 14 January, 2022, 04:30:42 pm »
According to the traffic news Didcot is “blocked both ends”.

Re: Didcot
« Reply #976 on: 14 January, 2022, 05:16:31 pm »
Made the mistake of cycling back through Didcot this pm.   

Smog over Didcot...     (from a rather good Hagbourne Hill viewpoint)

PXL_hagbhill by a oxon, on Flickr



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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #977 on: 14 January, 2022, 05:56:25 pm »
Smog over Didcot,
A fire in the Daily Mail print works.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #978 on: 14 January, 2022, 07:08:27 pm »

 (from a rather good Hagbourne Hill viewpoint)

Ooh that vantage point brings back so many memories. First and foremost aged 8 or 9, escaping the streets of Didcot in the early 60's to ride our bikes (3 speeds for us lucky ones) and realising the world was way larger and more beautiful ;D

Didcot and life seem a bit different now

orraloon

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #979 on: 14 January, 2022, 07:46:04 pm »
Sustrans 544?  Ride that section a lot, and the new-ish Icknield Way bit to Ardington has built a nice little loop for this season when Ridgeway itself is rather gloopy in parts.

Btw Daily Heil exited some years back...

Re: Didcot
« Reply #980 on: 14 January, 2022, 08:07:15 pm »
Yes, NCN544 here.  Last time I was up there surveying Didcot & surrounds, I managed to put my shoe down into doggy-do, and spend the next bit towards Harwell using puddles to try and get it out from around the cleat  :facepalm:
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #981 on: 14 January, 2022, 08:38:55 pm »
Is Chilton Road out of Upton village still closed to motor traffic?
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #982 on: 14 January, 2022, 08:56:27 pm »
Yes. No through road.  The lower section from A417, Upton is very quiet - 'access only', leading to the upper section between the concrete barricades - traffic free.
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orraloon

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #983 on: 14 January, 2022, 09:10:33 pm »
OCC did a 'consultation' and despite the obligatory whining petrolheads, the closure to motoriseds is approved.  Assume sometime they'll replace the cones, signs and barriers with proper infrastructure.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #984 on: 14 January, 2022, 09:12:34 pm »
When I encountered it last summer, there was a cat sunning itself in the middle of the otherwise deserted road.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #985 on: 14 January, 2022, 10:16:29 pm »
This x4 vid clip gives an idea of the traffic on the B-road from A417 to Chilton/A34 onna Fri pm, at the closed road intersection. Vehicles coming fast over the hill, with sun behind.

Hagb Hill x4 vid by a oxon, on Flickr


and...  Didcot.

Didnot by a oxon, on Flickr

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mattc

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #986 on: 15 January, 2022, 06:26:41 pm »
Yes, NCN544 here.  Last time I was up there surveying Didcot & surrounds, I managed to put my shoe down into doggy-do, and spend the next bit towards Harwell using puddles to try and get it out from around the cleat  :facepalm:
Sorry about that. Didcot lagging behind rest of UK as usual: I love it when I escape to places with no dog turds.

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #987 on: 14 May, 2022, 07:07:16 pm »


If my memory serves me well - this postbox is outside the Post Office on the Broadway

Re: Didcot
« Reply #988 on: 15 May, 2022, 05:00:52 pm »
I have to go to Didcot soon as my mate is picking up a new bike from Oxford Bike Works and wants me to ride back with him, presumably for moral and mechanical support.  This will involve me riding from the station to Steventon.  I think I'll go via Harwell village, because the obvious route is horrible.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #989 on: 16 May, 2022, 09:41:16 pm »
Yes, not much further.  I tend to avoid the Milton Interchange as far possible, whether on bike or in car.

A4185 (Milton Hill) can be a bit busy depending on time of day.
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orraloon

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #990 on: 17 May, 2022, 09:43:07 pm »
Or take the NCN5 cycleway route round the power station site to Sutton Courtenay, then to Drayton to Steventon?

Re: Didcot
« Reply #991 on: 18 May, 2022, 08:47:08 am »
I generally avoid anything marked NCN, for fear of it turning into an unsurfaced track or a quagmire.
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Re: Didcot
« Reply #992 on: 18 May, 2022, 12:12:24 pm »
I generally avoid anything marked NCN, for fear of it turning into an unsurfaced track or a quagmire.

That's a little unfair, some NCN routes are on perfectly good roads.  Over gratuitous hills.

mattc

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #993 on: 18 May, 2022, 06:33:50 pm »
Or take the NCN5 cycleway route round the power station site to Sutton Courtenay, then to Drayton to Steventon?
Yes, that would be my advice!

There is also a delightful track between Steventon and Milton village, but if it's rained a lot it becomes a stream (but with a hard bed!). That avoids the Drayton-S'ton road, which ain't great.

Might be able to meet you for a beer Rog - or sneak a look at these mythical bikeworks on my doorstep!
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orraloon

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Re: Didcot
« Reply #994 on: 18 May, 2022, 07:08:20 pm »
 Bar a 100m or so potholed section at the edge of Sutton Courtenay, rest of the Hanson Way round the power station is v good track.

Re: Didcot
« Reply #995 on: 19 May, 2022, 04:25:58 pm »
Or take the NCN5 cycleway route round the power station site to Sutton Courtenay, then to Drayton to Steventon?
Yes, that would be my advice!

There is also a delightful track between Steventon and Milton village, but if it's rained a lot it becomes a stream (but with a hard bed!). That avoids the Drayton-S'ton road, which ain't great.

Might be able to meet you for a beer Rog - or sneak a look at these mythical bikeworks on my doorstep!
That would be good.  I have always wanted to see the famous DOG KILLER LIVES HERE of Didcot, too.
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