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(VIA M4)
- with a more interesting route from the M4 Junction 13


This beautiful route will take you across the Berkshire downs, with breathtaking views. There are no towns or even villages. You will also enjoy a brief respite from cellular phone reception. There are good straight sections (speed limit 60mph) but beware the bends which separate them.

M4 West to Junction 13 (A34) (approx 30 minutes from M25 Junction)

A34 North (direction Didcot and Oxford) (dual carriageway)
After only 0.25 mile, take slip road left, signed Chieveley
Left at T junction at end of slip road. Go carefully through village with narrow road and no pavements
After 0.25 mile take first left into School Road (opposite Wheatsheaf pub on right)
Past the school and derestriction sign, the road narrows as it enters the countryside
After 0.9 mile the road bends sharp left by the Winterbourne/Newbury signpost
After a further 0.8 mile, turn right at T junction onto B4494 to Wantage.
A bridge under the M4 will be seen 150 yards to left - don't go that way!
Keep on this road for 10.6 miles across the Berkshire downs

After 8 miles you will cross the edge of the ridge and have a superb view down into the Vale of White Horse. Now you know why we moved out of London. Stop for a few moments and allow yourself to be captivated.

Still on the B4494, descend the steep hill on the outskirts of Wantage
Left at T junction on A338 for 200 yards to traffic lights
Right at traffic lights
Road bears left into Wantage market square after about 400 yards
Across market square, take A417, towards Faringdon
Stanford in the Vale is about 5 miles north west of Wantage on the A417
On seeing Stanford in the Vale village sign, slow down
Take first turning right (opposite Kia garage/filling station) into High Street
We are in the two white gates to the right of the first house (Bear House) on the left. Note the oval brass/black sign "68" on right gatepost. Park in courtyard.
If you have gone as far as Spencer Close (the first small road on the left, behind the barn) you have already gone too far!

The normal journey time from the M4 Junction 13 by this route is twenty five minutes - somewhat faster and shorter than the A34 route.

Updated Wednesday 6 May 1998