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Connections

Kingsgrove has great transport links, making it a perfect location for those like to explore their local area.

It’s well connected by foot and bike, with great local walks and cycle routes running directly through the neighbourhood.

The M4 and M40 are easily accessible and Didcot Parkway train station only 8 miles away, you can get to where you want to go with ease. Use our travel calculator to work out what your commute might look like, and view our handy travel information pack here.

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Local Area

Endless opportunities for exploration and discovery await on Kingsgrove’s doorstep in the North Wessex Downs, area of natural beauty with its ancient landscapes, charming towns and villages, and historic landmarks including the famous White Horse carved into the hillside at Uffington.

Quintessentially British and steeped in history, the centre of Wantage is a vibrant hub for visitors, shoppers and businesses alike. A diverse mix of independent boutiques and high street names sit alongside welcoming places to relax, keep fit and get together with family or friends.

Part of the Science Vale Enterprise Zone, nearby Didcot offers plenty of retail opportunities and scenic parks, and for a more cosmopolitan feel you can enjoy a family day out shopping, sightseeing and spending quality time, with Oxford, Swindon and Reading only a short journey away.

Green Spaces

Much of the area that is now Kingsgrove was open, arable land. St. Modwen is transforming the landscape and planting 16 acres of new woodland, which will be criss-crossed by walks linking in to established footpaths and dotted with recreational areas, alongside sports pitches, play areas, a community orchard and allotments.

St. Modwen engages with local groups such as Wild Wantage to ensure that their expert knowledge of the area is exploited to create a sustainable, green home for those that choose to live here. We’re dedicated to making Kingsgrove sustainable for generations to come, and that means making it a suitable home not only for you, but for all the wildlife that choose Kingsgrove as their home, too.

The phases of homes and community spaces are bonded together with 100 acres of green space, which links Kingsgrove with its wider community and the green infrastructure beyond.

Leisure & Recreation

Nature

Kingsgrove is perfectly placed for nature enthusiasts. Right on the doorstep of this development is the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is more than 670 square miles of rolling hills and scenery. Just 4 miles away lies the 18 acre Letcombe Valley Nature Reserve with its unique chalk steam and little lake. A little over 10 miles from the development is Hawkwalk, a falconry centre based in the Oxfordshire countryside.

Visitors can get up close to the owls, hawks, and other birds during hunting experiences, daytime events, and half-day visits. And around 25 minutes’ drive away from Kingsgrove is The Living Rainforest, which is a charity-run centre that houses more than 750 species of animals and plants, including iguana, pythons, armadillo, and marmosets.

Culture

For those perhaps who prefer staying warm indoors than getting outdoors, within 15 minutes’ drive of Kingsgrove is a Didcot-based cinema, where moviegoers are able to take in the latest films. There are plenty of opportunities to relax, meet and socialise within and around Kingsgrove; you can meet your hobby group at the Community Hub or head out for food and drinks in any of the surrounding towns.

For a bit of culture there is the Beacon Centre in Wantage, a venue for the local community with live shows and comedy, film nights, theatre, music, classes and more. The annual Wantage Literary Festival is a big calendar event for the town or year round there is Wantage Library for your literary needs. There’s also a Town Market in Wantage Market Place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8.00am to 3.00pm whatever the weather and an outstanding Farmers Market every last Saturday of the month.

Food

Enjoy the range of pubs serving traditional British classics and the many restaurants offering a wider range of cuisine including Italian, Indian and Thai cuisines. For a slice of fine French cooking, there’s a two Michelin-starred restaurant around 40 minutes away by car that promises an unforgettable dining experience.

Kids

Kingsgrove is not just built for adults. Kids are spoilt for choice for places to play; not only will there be the playground in the public square by September 2021 and other play and recreation spaces to follow, there’s also a play park on Coates Close. Within a 10 minute walk you’ll find yourself at The Chestnuts Play Area, or discover the Memorial Park & Play Area, which is a slightly longer 30 minute walk or 5 minute drive.

Lifestyle

You are spoilt for choice with the Public Rights of Way that surround Kingsgrove, providing leisurely walking routes for that Sunday stroll, or shorter ambles to Wantage town centre or northwards towards Grove.

The wider local area offers a range of routes for walking, running and cycling from your doorstep. A network of footways within the site provide a number of pleasant walks, and cyclists can take to the local residential roads and link into the National Cycle Network route 544 which links to Didcot and onwards towards Oxford to the north or Reading to the east.

Take a look at our Masterplan for more ideas and ways you can get out and about around Kingsgrove.