Deddington, Near Banbury

OS 1937-61
Modern Map
Date opened/built:



1.75 miles (2.8kms).


5-ft (1.52m).

Adjoining footway:


Road type:

Rural main road.


Asphalt today.

Both sides of road:


Adjacent to social housing:


Period mapping:

OS 1:10,000, surveyed / revised pre-1930 to 1954, published 1955. No cycle track or footway marked.

OpenCycleMap status:

Period maps, newspaper report.

5-ft-wide cycle track — even more pathetic now than when added to the road.

Under the headline “Construction of cycle track,” the Banbury Advertiser reported in 1936 that the Oxford-Banbury road, north of Deddington, would be widened for 1.75 miles “so as to provide for the construction of a cyclists’ track.”

The “five foot pathway was approved by the Oxfordshire County Council,” continued the newspaper, adding that the council was “taking advantage of the higher rate of grant offered.”

The narrow, lacklustre cycle track now looks like a narrow, lacklustre footway, and was probably little used then just as it is little used today. It was a pathetic example, really, and likely only installed to bump up the MoT grant.


The “five foot pathway ... Banbury Advertiser, 20 February 1936.

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