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!