Walks

Footpath through woodlandThe Wychwood Way is a fully way-marked 37 mile circular trail around the heart of the former Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood in West Oxford, created and co-ordinated by the Wychwood Project.

A guide book has been produced to help you enjoy the trail.  Buy a copy from our publications page.

Wychwood circular walks

A series of 10 shorter walks linked into the 37 mile Wychwood Way.

Charlbury and Fawler

Seven miles with an option of a shorter 2.5 mile route excluding Stonesfield and Ditchley  Highlights include passing along  the edge of Cornbury Park, a designated National Nature Reserve of 647 acres and The Saltway,  an ancient broad trackway along which salt was taken from Droitwich to Princes Risborough, and later used as a Drovers Road. This route has some stiles. Charlbury and Fawler (pdf format, 3Mb).

Charlbury and Spelsbury

Five miles. Highlights include Dean Grove, an area of ancient woodland; All Saints Church, Spelsbury, with Norman origins, this was rebuilt 1740-1774 and contains interesting monuments to the Lees, and their descendants, of Ditchley and is the burial place of the poet Rochester. Taston derives its name from Thorstan meaning ‘Thorstone’ a small standing stone claimed to be a thunderbolt of the god Thunor, which can be found in the centre of the village. This route has some stiles. Charlbury and Spelsbury (pdf format, 2.5Mb).

Chadlington and Spelsbury

Six miles: Highlights include All Saints Church, Spelsbury, the hamlet of Dean and the Thor stone and medieval preaching cross at Taston. This route has some stiles. Chadlington and Spelsbury (pdf format, 3Mb).

Ascott under Wychwood and Chadlington

Seven miles via Pudlicote and Chilson; highlights include the remaining fragments of Ascot d’Oilly Castle, a scheduled ancient monument. Thought to have been built around 1129, the castle was named after Roger d’Oilly who was granted it by William the Conqueror. This route has some stiles. Ascott under Wychwood and Chadlington (pdf format, 1Mb).

Finstock and Ramsden

Four and a half miles taking in Wilcote and Mount Skipett. Highlights include Finstock Trinity Church which has connections with Sir Arthur de Cros, inventor of the pneumatic tyre, founder of the Dunlop Tyre company and some-time resident of Finstock Manor and a section of Akeman Street, a once major Roman road branches off to the West. It linked Watling Street north of modern day St. Albans and the Fosse Way near Cirencester. This route has some stiles. Finstock and Ramsden (pdf format, 900Kb)

North Leigh - East End

A walk of four miles taking in the villages of North Leigh and East End. Highlights include rolling farmland, small copses and woodland areas. You may also wish to visit the local North Leigh Roman Villa. This route has some stiles. North Leigh - East End (pdf format, 600Kb)

North Leigh - Wilcote

A walk of five miles taking in the villages of North Leigh and Wilcote. Highlights include rolling farmland, historic track ways, ancient woodland and a historic well. Nearby to the route is North Leigh Roman Villa. This route has some stiles. North Leigh - Wilcote (pdf format, 500Kb)

Leafield

A walk of five and a half miles around the village of Leafield, part following the line of the Roman road of Akeman Street. Other highlights include ancient woodland, green lanes and views to distant hills. This route is stile free. Leafield (pdf format, 500Kb)

Woodstock - Wootton

A walk of seven and a half miles passing through Woodstock and alongside the village of Wootton. Highlights include historic parkland, river valleys, and ancient trackways. This route is stile free. Woodstock - Wootton (pdf format, 500Kb)

Wychwood Way and Chadlington

A three and a half mile walk within the five ‘ends’ of Chadlington. This route has some stiles. Highlights include the nearby Chadlington Pocket Nature Reserve and St Nicholas’ Church. Wychwood Way and Chadlington (pdf format, 1Mb).