Twyford in Berkshire is a vibrant village and a great access point for the Chilterns, sitting where it does at the south-west corner. Nestled in the Thames Valley, the village lies just outside Reading and is a great place to start any cycling adventure. There is an excellent train service to and from London, Reading and the west and a branch line up to Henley-on-Thames. You can ride out to some great routes and trails, but don’t rush — there are things to do in the village and great places to eat and drink.
The village centre
There are pubs, shops, cafés and more in the village, and a bike rack too. Everything radiates out from the central cross roads, just a few minutes’ ride from the train station. It’s often busy so be sure to take care as you pass through the village. Sebastian’s is a good spot for a light bite or drink and there’s The Whistle Stop café at the train station. There’s a choice of four historic hostelries for the pub experience (see map).
Places to see and things to do in Twyford
There are two parks in the village and Charvil Country Park is a short ride from the station. Binghams Brewery in nearby Ruscombe has a shop and also does tours. Stanlake Park Wine Estate and the Tudor Mansion at Shottesbrooke Park are a little further afield but well within riding distance.
Just for cyclists – what to do and where to ride
It’s a short hop to National Cycle Network Route 4 and north on to Henley-on-Thames or west to Sonning to join the Chilterns Cycleway. We also have some on and off-road route suggestions suitable for a wide range of abilities on our Cycle Routes page. There are great views, quiet lanes and a few hills in the area, with a great climb up towards Crazies Hill through the woods.
The Twyford Village Partnership is a local volunteer organisation aiming to make Twyford and Ruscombe better places to live, work, relax and cycle. Their website has lots more information about the area, including some walking maps: www.twyfordvillagepartnership.co.uk
Cycle routes around Twyford and Berkshire
(as shown on map above)
- Beginner (red) – 10 miles on and off road, not signposted. (Map My Ride)
- Intermediate (green) – 13 miles with 11 mile or 15 mile options highlighted on our download map. On and off road including one big climb through woodland. (Map My Ride)
- Intermediate (pink) – 18 mile non-signposted circular road ride through quiet lanes (Map My Ride)
- Twyford to the Chilterns Cycleway link (brown) – 9 mile non-signposted suggested route to join the Chilterns Cycleway via quiet lanes and some small villages.
- NCN Route 4 (blue) – a 15 mile stretch between Maidenhead and Reading on and off road with some shared use paths on the edge of Twyford. The complete route is fully signposted.
- Chilterns Cycleway (light brown) – 173 mile signposted cycle touring route around the Chilterns AONB
How to get to Twyford
By train: There are regular train services from London Paddington (approx 40 mins), Reading (6 mins), Oxford (40 mins) and Bristol (approx 80 mins). In 2014, First Great Western and Cycle Chilterns provided cycle racking for 100 bikes at the station. Have a look at First Great Western’s Cycling Policy web page before travelling with your bike.
By bus: (coming soon)
By car: Twyford has excellent road links and is just minutes from the M4 J10, A404(M) and A3290, lying at the crossroads of the A4 and A321. There are pay and display car parks in the village centre.