TRAVELLING TO THE
BY ROAD FROM WEST LONDON & THE SOUTH
- with a more interesting route from the M4 Junction
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
After only 0.25 mile, take slip road left, signed
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
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
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
Still on the B4494, descend the steep hill on the
outskirts of Wantage
Left at T junction on A338 for 200 yards to
Right at traffic lights
Road bears left into Wantage market square after
about 400 yards
Across market square, take A417, towards
Stanford in the Vale is about 5 miles north west of Wantage
on the A417
On seeing Stanford in the Vale village sign, slow
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
The normal journey time from the M4
Junction 13 by this route is twenty five minutes - somewhat
faster and shorter than the A34 route.
Wednesday 6 May 1998