Walking in Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire is one of England's prettiest counties, and walking/rambling is a favourite pastime for many people. It's not uncommon for someone to settle in Oxfordshire simply to enjoy the walking.
Most of Oxfordshire's market towns and villages are connected by public footpaths (for pedestrians only) and bridleways (for pedestrians, cyclists and horses), partly to allow access to churches (legally required in former times) and partly for reasons of trade and industry. Literary connections and evidence of a turbulent history (particularly the Civil War, Enclosures and Captain Swing riots) abound.
There is enormous diversity within Oxfordshire - from the grey stone Oxfordshire Cotswolds idyllic villages, churches and manor houses to the ironstone settlements nestling in the rolling North Oxfordshire hills; from the red brick and flint houses scattered among the Chilternsbeech woods to the thatched cottages and sweeping vistas of the Vale of White Horse. (These are links to walks in each part of the county) If you prefer a fairly level walk, the peaceful Thames Path and Oxford Canal offer opportunities for wildlife spotting - and pub visiting.
Many more walks are described in our range of guidebooks which cater for both car drivers and people using public transport. Or you can simply plan your own routes using the rights of way shown on Ordnance Survey maps.
Bus and train route details are online at Oxfordshire County Council. They also offers free downloadable circular walks and a collection of short easy walks accessible with pushchairs and wheelchairs.
You never know what you'll discover on a walk - maybe a Palace, an ancient dovecot, farm shop,medieval fishponds, a hidden village, an ornate well - or just a splendid pub or tea shop.