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Oxfordshire Walks

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Abingdon Circular Walk7 miles (11 km)This circular walk explores the area to the south of this pretty Oxfordshire town. There's nice waterside paths along the River Thames and a visit to the villages of Culham and Sutton Courtenay. View Full Details>>
Adderbury Circular Walk3 miles (5 km)This three mile circular walk explores the countryside around the Oxfordshire villages of Adderbury and Bodicote. The walk makes use of various public footpaths surrounding the village with nice views of the Sor Brook and the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>
Aston Rowant Nature Reserve5 miles (8.5 km)Enjoy a circular walk around this wonderful nature reserve in the Chilterns and climb Beacon Hill on the way. The reserve is a splendid place for walking with miles of good paths taking you through woodland, chalk grassland and some lovely Chilterns countryside. It's a wonderful place for flora and fauna with flowers such as orchids, theChiltern gentian and various wildflowers. The attractive mixed woodland includes beech,yew, andjuniper.As for wildlife look out for Red Kites soaring above and butterflies such as thesilver-spotted skipperand theAdonis blue. You may also see Dartmoor Ponies, Roe deer, feral goats and buzzards. View Full Details>>
Badbury Clump2 miles (3.5 km)This walk explores Badbury Hill and the lovely wooded area of Badbury Clump near Faringdon. There is a car park next to the site just off the B4019 between Faringdon and Coleshill. You can then pick up the trails through the bluebell woodland to the summit of the hill where there is an Iron Agehill fortknown asBadbury Camp. There are also nice views over the Vale of White Horseto the south and theThames Valley. You can continue your walk in the surrounding Coxwell Wood. View Full Details>>
Banbury19 miles (30 km)Explore the area surrounding the Oxfordshire town of Banbury on this long circular walk. The attractive market town is surrounded by some lovely countryside with miles of good footpaths to follow. It's a very rural area so the town makes for a great base for walkers. View Full Details>>
Battlefields Trail20 miles (32 km)This interesting walking trail links three of England's most significant Battlefields: View Full Details>>
Bernwood Jubilee Way61 miles (98 km)Explore the Ancient Royal Forest of Bernwood on this circular walk devised to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Bernwood Forest includes a mixture of woodland, pasture, meadow, heathland and picturesque villages. The walk is often started at Brill and heads to Boarstall, Buckingham, Waddesdon, Nether Winchendon, Quainton and Thame. View Full Details>>
Bicester6 miles (10 km)This walk from the Oxfordshire town of Bicester takes you through the countryside on the Cross Bucks Way visiting a series of pretty villages. You'll visit Marsh Gibbon and Poundon before finishing at Twyford where you can get the bus back to Bicester. There's much to enjoy as you make your way from Oxfordshire into Buckinghamshire and into the gently rolling agricultural landscape of Aylesbury Vale. View Full Details>>
Blenheim Park5 miles (8 km)This circular walk starts at the magnificent Blenheim palace and takes you on a tour of the beautiful gardens. The park includes 2,000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland, the great lake, beautiful formal gardens, resident deer and a waterfall. View Full Details>>
Broughton Castle2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a short stroll around Broughton Castle and Broughton park on this interesting walk in Oxfordshire. The moated manor house is very picturesque with nice footpaths running across the surrounding grounds with good views of the north Oxfordshire countryside. You can also enjoy a stroll around the pretty Ladies' Garden with its variety of plants and flowers. The castle is only open on certain days so please check the website link below for opening times. You can walk around the pretty Broughton park at any time for free though! View Full Details>>
Burford Circular Walk6 miles (9 km)This circular walk explores the countryside and woodland surrounding the Oxfordshire town of Burford. The interesting medieval town is situated in the Cotswold Hills near to the Gloucestershireborder. There are nice footpaths to follow along the River Windrush and then into the farmland and woodland above the town. View Full Details>>
Buscot Park1 miles (1.5 km)Explore the delightful grounds and gardens surrounding this fine 18th-century house near Faringdon in Oxfordshire. You can stroll through attractive woodland and visit the lovely water gardens with ornate statues and fountains. There are several pretty lakes and a wonderful walled garden with a variety of plants, trees and flowers. Each section of the garden has been designed to represent a different season. Smaller gardens includea citrus garden, a rose garden and a swinging garden. View Full Details>>
Charlbury Circular Walk4 miles (6.5 km)This circular walk uses part of the Oxfordshire Way long distance trail to explore the area around the Oxfordshire town of Charlbury. The walk is just over 4 miles long, using waymarked footpaths to take you through a lovely part of the Evenlode Valley area of the Cotswolds. There's some attractive countryside, pockets of woodland and good views of the River Evenlode to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Chiltern Way124 miles (200 km)This is the original 125 mile circuit of the Chilterns AONB taking you through Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, Marlow, Hambleden, Turville, Bix Bottom, Ewelme, the Ridgeway, Stokenchurch, Great Hampden, Aldbury, the Dunstable Downs Country Park, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Harpenden. The main attractions on the route are the series of delightful villages with their ancient churches, pretty village greens and fascinating museums. The Chilterns countryside is also beautiful with rivers, canals and the rolling hills to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Chiltern Way Berkshire Loop28 miles (45 km)This walk runs from the outskirts of High Wycombe to Crowsley Park, near Henley on Thames View Full Details>>
Chipping Norton23 miles (37 km)This popular Oxfordshire market town is a great base for exploring the Cotswold Hills. View Full Details>>
Claude Duval Bridleroute63 miles (102 km)This shared walking and cycle path runs from Quainton, near Aylesbury in Oxfordshire to Great Barrington in the Cotswolds. View Full Details>>
Coleshill Estate7 miles (11.5 km)This National Trust owned estate near Swindon has miles of lovely walking trails taking you through attractive parkland and farmland. View Full Details>>
Cotswold Round217 miles (349 km)Travel through some of the most beautiful countryside and prettiest villages in England on this circular walk View Full Details>>
Cotswold Water Park10 miles (16.5 km)This fabulous attraction has numerous waterside cycling and walking paths taking you around the park's 150 lakes. There are 40 square miles to explore within the water park but with the Thames Path National Trail and National Cycle Network route 45 running through the park there is great scope for continuing your exercise along these trails (bike hire is available in the park). There is a wide variety of wildlife to see too - look out for otters, water voles and beavers. View Full Details>>
Deddintgon Circular Walk6 miles (9 km)A nice circular walk through the countryside surrounding the Oxfordshire village of Deddington. The route makes use of bridleways and footpaths to visit the village of Clifton and explore part of the Cherwell Valley. There's lovely rolling north Oxfordshire countryside and great views from the high points north of the village. Highlights on the route include old Paper Mill Cottages from the 18th century, the thatched 17th century pub in Clifton and views of the River Swere. View Full Details>>
Didcot7 miles (12 km)The Oxfordshire town of Didcot has some nice trails to follow into the surrounding Chilterns countryside. View Full Details>>
Donnington Way62 miles (99 km)Visit the 15 pubs of the Donnington Brewery on this super walk through the Cotswolds View Full Details>>
Dorchester Circular Walk9 miles (14 km)The delightful Oxfordshire town of Dorchester on Thames has some lovely footpaths to follow through the surrounding countryside and woodland. This circular walk visits the River Thames, Little Wittenham Wood and Castle Hill Iron Age Hillfort. There's much to enjoy in the area, with riverside paths, peaceful woodland trails and wonderful views from the Wittenham Clumps hills on the southern side of the Thames. A must see in the town is the magnificent Dorchester Abbey. The abbey dates from 1140and contains a fascinating museum detailing the history of the area. View Full Details>>
Faringdon Circular Walk5 miles (8 km)This circular walk around the Oxfordshire town of Faringdon, visits Faringdon Folly and the village of Littlelworth. The route uses public footpaths to take you through the countryside surrounding the town before climbing Folly Hill where there are lovely views over the surrounding area. View Full Details>>
Farmoor Reservoir4 miles (6 km)Enjoy an easy circular walk around this pretty reservoir near Oxford. The walk starts from the car park and visitor centre on the eastern side of the lake. You then pick up the path which takes you to attractive woodland, Thames riverside meadows and nature reserves. The reservoir is an excellent place for birdwatching. Look out for Ospreys, Red Throated Diver and a variety of other water loving wildlife in the wetland nature reserves situated at the northern end of the site. It's a nice varied walk which runs for nearly 4 miles with great views of the surrounding countryside and the River Thames. You can also see a variety of watersports taking place for most of the year. View Full Details>>
Great Tew2 miles (3.5 km)This circular walk visits the delightful Cotswolds village of Great Tew. There's some nice walking trails to follow around the Great Tew Estate and into the surrounding countryside. The route runs for just over 2 miles, with lovely views of the estate parkland and the surrounding Cotswolds countryside. View Full Details>>
Harcourt Arboretum1 miles (2 km)This beautiful arboretum near Oxford has a series of well laid out footpaths to try. There's 130 acres to explore with wildflower meadows, rhododendrons and bluebell woods. View Full Details>>
Henley-on-Thames14 miles (22.5 km)The popular markettown of Henley-on-Thames has a number of excellent waymarked trails to try. The riverside town is a very pretty place and home to the famous Henley Regatta. The rowing event takes place every year over the first weekend in July. Look out for the Grade I listed Henley Bridge as you make your way through the town.The five arched bridge across the river thames was built in 1786. The parish churchofSt Mary the Virgindates from the 16th-century while the The Old Belldates from 1325. The town can be accessed by train from Twyford and there are direct trains from London Paddington in peak hours. View Full Details>>
Jurassic Way88 miles (141 km)This walk follows the Jurassic limestone ridge from Banbury to Stamford passing through Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Lincolnshire. View Full Details>>
Kidlington Circular Walk4 miles (6.3 km)This walk takes you around the pretty village of Kidlington near Oxford. On the way you'll enjoy nice views of the River Cherwell, the Oxford Canal and the surrounding countryside. The route runs for about 4 miles on fairly flat footpaths with a couple of small climbs on the way. View Full Details>>
Kingham-Bledington-Foxholes6 miles (9.5 km)The delightful Cotswolds village of Kingham was voted 'England's Favourite Village' in 2006. It's rows of limestone cottages and pretty village greens make it a must see if you are visiting the area. This lovely walk takes you through the Kingham streets before visiting the nearby village of Bledington and Foxholes Nature Reserve. View Full Details>>
Lambourn Valley Way22 miles (35 km)Travel from Oxfordshire into Berkshire along the Lambourn Valley Way and enjoy woodland, parkland and a series of quaint towns and villages. View Full Details>>
Macmillan Way290 miles (467 km)This long distance path links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. It is promoted to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief.
The route starts from Boston and then runs across the Fens to Bourne before joining the limestone belt. You then head to Stamford and then along the shoreline of Rutland Water to Oakham. The trail then heads south and west via Warmington to Stow-on-the-Wold, then into the Cotswolds via Cirencester and Tetbury to Bradford-on-Avon. After leaving the Cotswolds you follow the path through Somerset passing Castle Cary before entering Dorset and the final section to Abbotsbury via Sherborne. View Full Details>>
Mapledurham House4 miles (7 km)The Mapledurham estate is a wonderful place for a relaxing afternoon walk. The house is located on the River Thames with the picturesque Old Watermill right beside it. The mill is still operational and dates from the 15th century. The route below is circular, starting at the house and taking you on a tour of the woodland and countryside in the estate. The park is located near Caversham in Oxfordshire. View Full Details>>
Minster Lovell3 miles (5 km)This walk explores the pretty Oxfordshire village of Minster Lovell with its old hall, thatched stone cottages and riverside footpaths. The highlight of the walk is a visit to Minster Lovell Hall built in 1440. Here you will find the ruins of the hall surrounded by an extensive estate and bordered by the River Windrush. The atmospheric ruins include an ornamented entrance porch, south west tower and dovecote. View Full Details>>
Otmoor5 miles (7.5 km)This lovely RSPB nature reserve consists of wet meadows, grassland and reedbeds. The area attractsthousands of wildfowl and waders such as lapwings and redshanks. You can also look out for a variety of dragonflies and butterflies. This circular walk follows good footpaths around the reserve with views of the River Ray and the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside. View Full Details>>
Oxford Canal Walk77 miles (124 km)Follow the Oxford Canal from Oxford to Coventry on this splendid waterside walk. You follow the towpath of the canal for the duration of the route meaning this is a fairly easy walk (providing you don't do at all at once!) View Full Details>>
Oxford Green Belt Way52 miles (84 km)The Oxford Green Belt Way was created by CPRE Oxfordshire to celebrate its 75th anniversary and 50 years of Oxford's Green Belt. The circular walk takes you through some lovely Oxfordshire countryside and historic villages, with peaceful waterside sections along the River Thames, the River Cherwell and the Oxford Canal. View Full Details>>
Oxfordshire Way67 miles (108 km)Take a trip through Oxfordshire and enjoy rivers, canals, pretty villages and beautiful countryside on this lovely trail View Full Details>>
Palladian Way118 miles (190 km)Walk from Buckingham to Bath through the beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire on this trail named after Andre Palladio's Italian architecture. View Full Details>>
Port Meadow4 miles (6 km)This lovely area in Oxford has nice walking trails along the Thames and attractive meadowland with grazing ponies and horses. View Full Details>>
Reading to Henley10 miles (16 km)Enjoy an easy riverside walk along the Thames Path on this walk from Reading to Henley-on-Thames via Sonning. The route runs for just over 9 miles so the walk should take about 3-4 hours. At the end of the walk you can catch a train or bus back to Reading. It's a lovely section of the river with pretty locks, little islands and great views of the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>
Rousham Park1 miles (1.5 km)Explore the beautiful gardens surrounding this 17th century country house near Oxford. There are wide lawns, a variety of beautiful flowers, tranquil ponds, classicaltemples, follies and ornate statues. There are also nice shady woodland paths and meadows with grazing cattle. View Full Details>>
Shakespeare's Way146 miles (235 km)This walk follows a route that Shakespeare may have taken when travelling between Stratford-upon-Avon and London. The path passes through the Chilterns, Oxford, Blenheim Park, the Cotswolds, the valley of the River Stour and the Thames Valley making for a beautiful and varied walk. There are lovely waterside stretches along the Oxford Canal and the River Thames into London. View Full Details>>
Shotover Country Park3 miles (5 km)Shotover country park is a 289 acre site located on the outskirts of Oxford. It encompasses ancient woodland, flowery meadows, marshes, ponds, bracken-covered slopes and Shotover Hill where you will find splendid views across South Oxfordshire. There's a wide variety of flora and fauna in the park with Bluebells, Orchids, Woodpeckers, Foxes and Roe deer. There are a number of peaceful woodland walking trails and a bridleway for cyclists. View Full Details>>
Spiceball Country Park2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy an easy stroll along the Oxford Canal and the River Cherwell in this country park in Banbury. In the park you will find wildlife, wild flower meadows, community woodland and several areas of native trees and shrubs. View Full Details>>
Stoke Wood1 miles (1.5 km)These ancient woods are located near Bicester in Oxfordshire. They consist of both mixed broadleaf and exotic conifer treeswith nice footpaths to follow around the site. Highlights in the woods include an impressive avenue of Corsican pines and a flowers including orchids and bluebells. Wildlife to look out for include tawny owl and butterflies such as white admiral and silver-washed fritillary. View Full Details>>
Thame Valley Walk15 miles (24 km)Follow the River Thame from Albury in Oxfordshire to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire on this pleasant waterside walk. View Full Details>>
The Swan's Way65 miles (105 km)The Swan's Way long distance bridleroute runs from Salcey Forest in the north to Goring on Thames in the south, a distance of 65 miles (105km). From the Northants border, the route crosses the Vale of Aylesbury to meet the Ridgeway near Princes Risborough and then follows the chalk slopes of the Chilterns to the Thames at Goring. It passes through varied countryside from beech woods on chalk scarp to low vales and ancient woodlands. View Full Details>>
Three Downs Link102 miles (164 km)This is a walking and cycling path following bridleways through Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. The trail runs from Exton, in Hampshire, to Dean Hill, near Hungerford. You will pass through open chalk downland, along rivers and canals and through some pretty villages. View Full Details>>
Uffington White Horse2 miles (2.5 km)This circular walk visits White Horse Hill and the Iron Age hillfort of Uffington Castle near Swindon. The area is historically significant with the3000 year old prehistorichill figure and the hillfort located close together. The castle sits at a height of 860 feet (262m) above sea level making it the highest point in Oxfordshire. Also of interest is Dragon Hill, said to be the site where St. George slew the dragon. It's a very attractive area with chalk downland and lovely views over the Berkshire Downs. There is a White Horse Hill car park which gives direct access to the trail to the White Horse. View Full Details>>
Wallingford Circular Walk14 miles (23 km)This circular walk explores the countryside surrounding the riverside Oxfordshire town of Wallingford. The route makes use of three of the long distance trails which pass through the area. You'll follow sections of the Thames Path the The Ridgeway and The Swan's Way as you make your way through the beautiful Chiltern's countryside which surrounds the town. The route reaches high points of nearly 700ft so there are some moderate climbs with wonderful views to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Wantage6 miles (9.5 km)The Oxfordshire town of Wantage is in a great location for exploring a lovely section of the Ridgeway. There's fine views over the Berkshire Downs from the high points on the trail. View Full Details>>
Warburg Nature Reserve2 miles (2.5 km)This delightful nature reserve near Henley-on-Thames has some lovely woodland trails to try. It's a splendid place for flora and fauna with lots of bluebells and wood anemones in the spring. In the summer months the site is rich with orchids including fly orchid and bird's-nest orchid. Look out for wildlife including rare butterflies and a variety of woodland birds. All in all over 2,000 species of plants, fungi and animals have been recorded here. View Full Details>>
Waterperry Gardens1 miles (1 km)Explore the extensive grounds of the 17th century Waterperry House on this short walk near Oxford. In the grounds you will find a formal knot garden, trained fruit and nursery beds and a riverside walk along the River Thame. There are also nurseries, orchards, a plant centre and a teashop. View Full Details>>
Wayland's Smithy7 miles (11 km)Visit this fascinatingNeolithiclong barrowandchamber tomb on this circular walk on the The Ridgeway. The historical site dates from 3460–3400 BC and includes a burial chamber consisting of a narrow and partially constricted passage, leading to a pair of small side chambers. It's an interesting and atmospheric place with great views of the surrounding countryside and several walking trails to further explore the area. View Full Details>>
Westbury Circular Ride12 miles (19 km)This is a circular walk or cycle ride around Westbury in Buckinghamshire. Route highlights include Turweston Airfield and Biddlesden House and Park. The house occupies the site of a Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1147 and sits behind a small lake. View Full Details>>
Witney Circular Walk2 miles (4 km)This lovely circular walk takes you to some of the highlights of the Oxfordshire town of Witney. There's nice riverside paths along the River Windrush and a visit to Witney Lake to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Wittenham Clumps1 miles (1.5 km)Climb to these two hills near Dorchester for wonderful views over the Oxfordshire and Berkshire countryside. The 'clumps' include Round Hill at 390 feet (120m)and the 350 feet (110m)Castle Hillwhich is about 380 yards (350m) to the south-east. The Clumps are one of the most visited outdoor sites in Oxfordshire, attracting over 200,000 visitors a year. View Full Details>>
Wokingham Way55 miles (89 km)This circular walk follows the Wokingham Borough unitary boundary visiting Reading, Bracknell and View Full Details>>
Woodstock8 miles (13 km)This Oxfordshire market town is famous as the location for the splendid Blenheim Park, aUNESCO World Heritage Site. As well as the trails through the park there's also two fine long distance trails running past the town. This circular walk makes use of the Wychwood Way and Oxford Green Belt Way to take you through the countryside, parkland and woodland surrounding the town. View Full Details>>
Wychwood Forest4 miles (6 km)Explore this large area of forest near Charlbury on this woodland walk. The forest can be reached from the nearby village of Finstock or from Charlbury. There are rail stations at both. View Full Details>>
Wychwood Way37 miles (60 km)A long circular walk exploring the Wychwood Forest area of the Cotswolds. The walk starts in Woodstock and visits Stonesfield, Chadlington, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Leafield, Ramsden, North Leigh, East End and Combe. Highlights on the route include the magnifcent Blenheim Park at Woodstock. View Full Details>>
Wytham Woods4 miles (7 km)Enjoy miles of walking trails through this expansive wood in Oxfordshire. There's 1000 acres to explore on a network of well laid out footpaths. The woods are owned by the University of Oxford and are open to the public by obtaining a free permit for walking but are closed to dogs, horses and bicycles. View Full Details>>

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