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Judges' Ride

26 km / 16 miles

Primarily for horse and mountain bike riders, this multi-user circular trail in South Oxfordshire lies to the east of the Thames between Goring and Wallingford and it takes in the Chiltern villages of Hailey, Little Stoke, North Stoke, Mongewell, Stoke Row, Ipsden and Checkendon. It is coincident for short sections with the Swan's Way, and, where it runs parallel to the Thames, with the Ridgeway National Trail.

The route's name derives from Judges Road, a track along which it passes near Checkendon, that may have been used by local judges between courts. Stoke Row is notable for Maharajah's Well, a well of Indian temple appearance, near to the route. The route also passes along Grimm's Ditch, an ancient earthwork.

This ride mainly follows bridleways, with some use of quiet country lanes. The full route has two short cross-links that enable several riding distances - three detailed in the leaflet, ranging from 4 to 16 miles. The leaflet provides an easy to follow map, comprehensive written directions, parking suggestions and points of local historical interest. It also includes: Ewelme - Britwell Salome - Cuxham - Pyrton - Ewelme.

An information sheet giving clear written directions and a map for the Judges Ride may be downloaded from the links below.


Path Type
Other Paths
Average Gradients; Cycle Route; Horse Ride (Multi User)
Start and Finish
SU665842 - Black Horse Public House, Scots Common, Checkendon, Oxfordshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Judges Ride (Oxfordshire County Council)
External PDF
Judges' Ride - points of interest (Oxfordshire County Council)


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Marsh House  (bookable online)
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12 Km

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Route Profile:

27.9 Km (17.3 miles)
411 m (1,348 ft) ascent
202 m (663 ft)  maximum height