locations: Oxfordshire

Experience Chipping Norton

Experience Chipping Norton

Distance 1 mile (1.6 km)                      Duration 1 hr             Calories 150 (est.) This historical tour will explore the bustling, Cotswold market town of Chipping Norton located at the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’. ‘Chippy’, as it is known to the locals, boasts its own museum, housing a large collection of town related artefacts, an award-winning theatre and is renowned for its antique shops, boutiques, diverse shopping and a great choice of places to eat. The town’s working market town atmosphere not only makes it a fantastic place to visit but an ideal base for exploring the wealth of nearby attractions such as The Rollright Stones, Blenheim Palace and the Cotswold Wildlife Park. To get the walk: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy an excellent day out! The highest town in Oxfordshire, Chipping Norton, simply referred to as ‘Norton’ in the 1086 Domesday survey, is situated on the western slopes of a hillside that was once the site of a Norman castle. The site of the castle is now Scheduled as an Ancient Monument. In 1205 King John granted the town a Royal charter no doubt helping it to become a centre for the Cotswold wool trade and by 1224 ‘Chipping’, old English for market, was added to the town’s name. Success continued and by the first half of the 14th Century Chipping Norton was one of the most prosperous market towns in Oxfordshire. Today the town is known for its heritage, including 126 listed structures, stunningly beautiful countryside and its lively year...
Views of the Thames

Views of the Thames

Flat Route: Distance 3.7 miles (5.9 km) Duration 1hr 30mins Calories 600 (est) Scenic Route: Distance 5.3 miles (8.58 km) Duration 2hr 30mins Calories 850 (est) The Views of the Thames stile free circular walks will introduce you to the beautiful countryside of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which lies just north west of London, easily reached on a short train journey. To get the walk: Install the Handheld Tours app (free) – iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Select tour using list or map view Click download button Enjoy an excellent day out! The Scenic Route takes you from picturesque Goring up into the Chiltern Hills. You will pass through beech woodlands and through a chalk grassland nature reserve with panoramic views over the Thames Valley. The return leg to Goring is flat, along the River Thames. The walk is easy going, though you will need to cross the railway via a footbridge and navigate some hilly but beautiful sections at the start. The Flat route is shorter, avoids the hilly start but visits the main points of interest you would see on the Scenic Route. Goring is a small picturesque village at the foot of hills separated by the River Thames. There are several pubs serving food, restaurants, cafes, local shops, accommodation and a Youth Hostel. There is a regatta during the summer. Public toilets are located in Goring car park. There are no toilets or refreshments on the walks outside of the villages. For Goring and Streatley visitor information click here, or for more walks and rides in the Chilterns see the Chilterns...
Nettlebed Tour – Coming Soon

Nettlebed Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 5.89 miles (9.47km)      Duration 3hrs    Calories 1,000 Its possible that we should have named this walk the Warburg Nature Reserve walk, as thats where the walk starts and ends but we chose the prickly named Nettlebed a village along the route for the walk instead, various theories exist for the villages name ranging from Roman soldiers who were thought to rub nettles, which grow in abundance in the area (though we didn’t come across them), on their legs to keep warm on marches, to the 18th century when the thread nettles yield was used to make linen cloth.   Of greater interest today is the Nettlebed Kiln a relic of the villages long association with the brick making industry which stretchs back to the Middle Ages and its 14th century pub (now a bistro) the White Hart exudes an outer charm consistent with its age and a good place to stop for either a tea or ale. If you’re interested in a more traditional pub atmosphere then the 16th century 5 Horseshoes in Maidensgrove with its two beer gardens and amazing views of the valley below retains much of what you come to expect in a rural pub. The walk starts in the beautiful Warburg Nature Reserve offering a visitor centre, bird hides, picnic area, parking and toilets though no café facilities.  The nature reserve is home to an incredible range of habitats sheltering thousands of species, and each season there is something interesting to experience. There are roadworks in the area requiring changes to access the parking.  For those using Sat Nav please use the post code...
Dorchester Roman Tour – Coming Soon

Dorchester Roman Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 5.59 miles (8.8km)         Duration 2:50 hrs             Calories 1,050 (est) Dorchester is a fantastic place, boasting beautiful countryside, a picturesque town worth exploring and a history so rich that Time Team deemed it the perfect location for their pilot episode. Join us as we make the tranquil journey from Dorchester on Thames, through the countryside and towards the village, as the Romans would have done many years before us, and discover the many clues of its ancestry chiselled deep in the landscape that they left behind. Learn about the impressive Abbey that stands proudly in the town like a profile picture to yesteryear, discover the evidence of Neolithic inhabitancy, admire Georgian architecture and even walk through the many scenic locations used in popular TV dramas. Uncover the secrets of the River Thames, stroll through years of rich heritage and even learn what the Pooh Stick World Championship is! So come with us on a journey not only through Dorchester, but in to the past, as we discover what makes this historic town a compelling magnet both to our ancestors and to...
Greys Court Tour – Coming Soon

Greys Court Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 7.35 miles (11.8 km)     Duration 2:30 hrs             Calories 1,200 (est.) The picturesque 16th century mansion, Greys Court with its idyllic gardens is now a National Trust property and with the enchanting Chilterns as a backdrop.  Other buildings on the property such as the Great Tower date from the 12th century.  Greys Court is free to visit for National Trust members, otherwise a charge applies. The walk crosses the mansions grounds on public paths as it carries on taking in the exceptional beauty of the Chilterns rolling hills and the unique charm of the low beamed ceilinged 17th Century Rising Sun Pub in the small hamlet of Witheridge Hill for those looking for a bite to eat or pint or...
Blenheim Palace Tour – Coming Soon

Blenheim Palace Tour – Coming Soon

Distance 6.0 miles (9.6 km)          Duration 2:15 hrs             Calories 800 (est.) Built in the 18th century to celebrate the victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession, Blenheim Palace a masterpiece of Baroque architecture home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough is set in more than 2,000 acres of stunning parkland. The Blenheim Palace walk is set largely in this parkland following public paths affording exceptional woodland, field and lake views and the magnificent palace itself albeit from a distance.  Why not make a day of it and see the palace as well it’s certainly worth a visit, the palace entry fee is separate to the cost of this walk, but it’s valid for year representing very good value. The walk starts in the charming Georgian town of Woodstock (means clearing in the woods), described in the Domesday Book as a royal forest, with its many attractive cotswold stone period buildings.  The town is well known for its antique shops but also boasts the Oxfordshire Museum and St Mary Magdalene Church (the spiritual and geographical hear of Woodstock for a thousand years) with its beautiful stain glass.   Wander along its interesting streets and you’ll find a selection of other shops and galleries, as well as some excellent pubs, restaurants and tea shops, there is plenty to do and see making this walk an excellent day out!   Image from the Walk View of Blenheim Place Bridge at Blenheim Blenheim Lake Lambs at Blenheim Woodstock St Mary Magdalene Church,...