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Walking in Southern Oxfordshire


Walking here is all about discovery. It’s not the Himalayas, but the miles of tracks and paths have challenges ahead. The ambling routes pass pubs, cricket pitches and cross brooks and streams and invariably happen upon one of the many Iron Age hill forts populating this area.
 
Wittenam ClumpsShare your walk with watchful strangers. The red kites hovering overhead miss nothing and their distinctive silhouette is thrilling to see.  Tread in the footsteps of the Saxons, Romans and prehistoric settlers who established routes linking settlements thousands of years ago.
 
From the Chiltern Hills to the Berkshire Downs, routes rise through forests of beech, ash and oak to take you up and over the chalk hills that dominate the ground. You’ll be glad you ditched the larger bags at the hotel and packed your daysack. Sit on top of Coombe Hill; it’s the distant view of London that’s surprising - so close, yet happily so far away.

The promise of a pub to finish spurs you onwards, and invariably upwards but there are plenty of paths leading back. How all paths lead to a pub is purely down to your map reading skills.  Slip off the walking boots, share a pint and some tasty local food and thoughts soon turn to tomorrow’s walk. You could start at Goring and head to Henley, or follow one of Southern Oxfordshire's national trails - The Ridgeway, Thames Path, Icknield Way or Oxfordshire Way.

Wantage and the surrounding area, including White Horse Hill, also has some lovely walks, which can be found on the Wantage page. The village of Coleshill is s part of the Buscot and Coleshill Estates and can be explored by foot. This map will take you along the River Cole, through Waterloo Corpse, past Waterloo Lodge and back to Coleshill across the park. Click here for more information and map of the Buscot and Colehill Estates.  

Tours of Watlington are also available by local historian Tim Horton. There are four walks available, including Watlington to the Civil War, Charles II to Elizabeth II, Watlington Hill and a two-hour tour of the town.

If you need ideas for all the family on a sunny day, then check out our "10 things to do...outside this summer" guide.




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