Walks, cycle rides, leisure


The Wychwood Way - a 37 mile circular trail

The Wychwood Project office publishes the Wychwood Way guide - a guide to a 37 mile circular trail around the heart of the ancient Royal Forest. By Alan Spicer and Mary Webb, the guide  also includes the circular routes mentioned below.  You can purchase the guide in our on-line shop.

Circular routes

We have developed short guides to ten circular routes that link in with the 37 mile Wychwood Way circuit in West Oxfordshire.  

The walks, which range from three to seven miles in length, feature rolling farmland, ancient woodland and trackways, Roman villas and rural villages. The routes have enhanced access provided by the installment  of kissing gates and pedestrain gates with assistance from by The Cotswolds AONB Volunteer Wardens and Oxfordshire County Council's Countryside Service, with funding from the Trust for Oxfordshire's Environment and the Waste Recycling Group and the Oxford Fieldpath Society.

Why not take a closer look at our circular walks

Walks on Public Rights of Way

There are many walks in the Wychwood area which are on public rights of way. Some beautiful walks and cycle rides in Wychwood can be downloaded from the Oxfordshire Cotswolds website.  

If you would like to walk through part of the ancient forest of Wychwood then there is a public right of way that runs through the middle of the forest which is on the private property of the Cornbury Estate.  There is no other public right of access to original forest elsewhere other than this route.   Unfortunately, 90% of the existing forest in the Wychwood area is in private land ownership. 


A circular cycling day ride `the Wychwood Loop' between Charlbury and Kingham railway stations can be found on the Cotswold Cycling website.

Further tourism information

Further tourism information can be found on West Oxfordshire District Council's website.

Information about Oxfordshire's countryside can be found here. In particular, the Oxfordshire Countryside Access Map which is provided by Oxfordshire County Council's Countryside Service shows Public Rights of Way, access land and walks and rides in Oxfordshire.