Walking in England - Hiking Guides mostly for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Below you will find descriptions for a variety of walks in England (around 21 of them) plus photographs from around the Chilterns which might be of interest and wish to just go sightseeing). These walks generally work out around 8 to 12 miles - although there are a couple of heavys described too - they are mostly circular and often incorporate hiking along parts of several National Trails.
These Trails include The Ridgeway National Trail, The Oxfordshire Way, The Icknield Way and The South Bucks Way. There also several walks described from a little further north - around Market Harborough and Welford which may be of interest too.
The walks visit amongst other places Blenheim Great Park, Woodstock, Thame, Goring, Henley, Islip, Reading, Maidenhead and Marlow.
These walks involve walking some part of The Grand Union Canal towpath in England.
The following series of walks at some point use at least part of The Ridgeway National Trail or Path.
- Avebury Stones to Barbury Castle walk - The Ridgeway Path
- Looking at Avebury Stone Circles and Henges in Wiltshire, West Kennet Long Barrow, Silbury Hill, Barbury Castle.
- Chequers and Coombe Hill Circular Walk - partly along The Ridgeway Path
- This is a 14km walk in Buckinghamshire which goes around Chequers - there are several steep climbs, beautiful woods and excellent views of the English countryside.
- Pulpit Hill Fort Walk in The Chilterns in England
- A 5 mile circular walk in The Chilterns up to Pulpit Hill Fort and returns partly on The Ridgeway Trail passing near Chequers Court, England.
- A short circular walk from Chinnor in Oxfordshire, England
- This walk takes about 90 minutes from Chinnor to Bledlow and includes tiny bits of the Icknield Way, Ridgeway Trail and a pub.
- Halton and Wendover Woods circular walk part on The Ridgeway Trail England
- A lovely walk from Halton into Wendover Woods, Tring Park and along The Ridgeway National Trail and then back to Halton.
- A Bledlow Ridge Circular Walk via Radnage in The Chilterns, England
- Starting from Bledlow Ridge this 12km Walk goes to Radnage before returning on The Ridgeway near Chinnor in Oxfordshire.
- Cowleaze Wood, Pyrton Hill, Aston Rowant Ridgeway Trail Walks England
- A Cowleaze Wood - Pyrton Hill - Aston Rowant walk using the Ridgeway National Trail with beautiful views of The Chilterns.
- Ridgeway Trail walk - Wendover Woods then Wendover Canal back to Halton England
- A Ridgeway Path walk from Halton going up into Wendover Woods and Town then back along The Wendover Arm towpath to Halton.
- Wantage to Wantage walk in England visiting Letcombe Castle Fort
- This circular walk starts out at Wantage and includes Letcombe Castle Hill Fort on The Ridgeway National Trail, England.
- Watlington Hill circular walk partly on The Ridgeway Path - Oxfordshire
- This walk starts from the top of Watlington Hill in The Chilterns, is around 14kms long and involves several steep climbs.
- Wendover Woods and Canal Circular Walk in The Chilterns in England
- Walking from Halton along The Wendover Canal to Drayton Beauchamp, Tring, Pavis Woods (Ridgeway), Wendover Woods and back.
- Halton walk up to Boddington Hill Fort, Wendover Woods, The Chilterns, England
- An 11km circular walk with 2 climbs within Wendover Woods - starts from Halton and takes you up to Boddington Hill Fort.
- Walking through Wormsley Estate and along The Ridgeway Trail, England
- Walking partly in the woods and paths in the Wormsley Estate then part of the Ridgeway National Trail, The Chilterns, England.
- A Whiteleaf Hill Circular Walk partly along The Ridgeway Path in Buckinghamshire
- This fairly strenuous 8 mile walk starts near Chequers and follows The Ridgeway Trail - goes up Whiteleaf Hill, then to Great Hampden and back.
Walks which take you partly along bits of the Oxfordshire Way National Trail.
Four walks in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire which go through beautiful Bluebell Woods in the English countryside.
These variety of hiking ideas take you nicely into the English countryside and also go at least partially along The Oxford Canal Towpath in England.
- A Kidlington Circular Walk through countryside and part Oxford Canal
- This pleasant 11 mile walk goes out across the Oxfordshire countryside, passing several churches and then returns alongside The old Oxford Canal.
- Braunston - Lower Shuckburgh - Rugby area Oxford Canal walks in England
- A Lower Shuckburgh to Braunston walk (a sort of circular) and a one way Oxford Canal towpath walk from Braunston to Rugby.
- Brinklow towpath walks along the Oxford Canal in England
- Two Oxford Canal towpath walks - Rugby to Brinklow and a Brinklow to Hawkesbury Junction which goes via Ansty.
- Fenny Compton, Claydon, Cropedy and Banbury Walk - Oxfordshire, England.
- Walking from Fenny Compton via Claydon and Cropedy to Banbury, a one way walk along The Oxford Canal towpath (10.5 miles).
- Fenny Compton circular walk in England via Marston Doles and Priors Hardwick
- A towpath and countryside walk from Fenny Compton via Marston Doles and Priors Hardwick then back on he Oxford Canal.
- Islip Circular Walk via Kidlington in Oxfordshire, England
- A nice 17 mile walk in Oxfordshire, England - goes through Kidlington and includes walking along part of The Oxfordshire Way.
- Lower Heyford Walk in England: Steeple, Middle, North Astons, Somerton and back
- Walking from Lower Heyford visiting Steeple Aston, Middle Aston, North Aston, Somerton and back beside The Oxford Canal.
- Marston Doles - Napton - Oxford Canal Towpath Walk in England
- A circular walk which goes to Lower and Upper Shuckburgh, Napton on the Hill and back to Marston Doles.
- Oxford to Lower Heyford 23km one way Oxford Canal towpath walk in England
- Oxford to Lower Heyford - one way towpath i.e. flat walk - and another walk the other way - Banbury to Lower Heyford.
- Somerton - Aynho - Souldern Circular Walk in Oxfordshire, England
- From Somerton following The Oxford Canal towpath via Aynho to Souldern then walking back to Somerton, England (15kms).
- Woodstock and Blenheim Palace Great Park walk in England
- This is a particularly lovely walk in the English countryside especially in The Spring - a 17 miles Circular Walk from Stonesfield which goes via Blenheim Great Park and Woodstock (partly on The Oxfordshire Way and The Oxford Canal towpath).
These following walks are circulars which involve walking partly alongside the River Thames on The Thames Path.
Walking Gear and Possible Hazards when hiking in the English Countryside. Everyone has their preference for what to have on their feet when out rambling but certainly some of these
walks really do require walking boots or at least wellies rather than simply trainers. For instance the Oxfordshire Way Trail is quite often really wet in places - it just seems to have a remarkable ability in finding underground springs on it's route - so sometimes you can be walking through deep slippery mud patches.
It is also of note how quickly the weather can change especially in the winter - we have set out on The Ridgeway Trail in reasonably warm conditions, then ended up being snowed on a few hours later so again taking a bit of appropriate gear is
worth while. The Ridgeway is surprisingly isolated in places especially towards the Wiltshire end (Avebury area etc.). Also we usually take a walking pole with us particularly when we expect to be walking across fields where they may be cows
and sometimes even bulls grazing.
In England public footpaths and Rights of Way are by law not meant to be blocked or obstructed or create any sort of hazard to walkers however young
cattle in particular have a habit of running towards you. This is simply because they are inquisitive. However 20 or 30 calves racing towards you is a bit of a hazard in
that (we know) sometimes they forget they have to actually stop in time - what they do tend to
respect and pay attention too is a stick being waved at them.
Remember also that normally docile cows can become somewhat concerned and even aggressive when they have very young calves with them so give them plenty
of room. Obviously dangerous bulls
are not allowed to wander freely where public access is permitted however you can come across a bull now and again. The one thing that might just help you should
you come across a bull is by having a stick or walking pole - bulls know about sticks and respect them (again usually!.
The instructions for the walks are for guidance although we believe them to be accurate however a relevant Ordnance Survey Explorer map should be carried/utilised as well.
Quite apart from the lovely countryside around the area when walking it is always worth slight diversions to look at the churches in the various villages, some of which are very old.
In addition at the appropriate time of year we have the "pre-Spring warning" of snowdrop displays
followed by the massive displays of bluebells doing their thing in the woods - for example up at Christmas Common. Then there are the fantastic autumn leaf displays for which Wendover Woods is justifiably famous. Please take a look at our English Wild Flowers
- nearly all the pictures were taken whilst on walks mentioned above.l
As far as wildlife is concerned The Chilterns is full of all sorts to enjoy - particularly we have a thriving population of Red Kites. For instance around Thame (Oxfordshire) it is very unlikely that you will fail to see at least 5 or 6
and quite often 30 or more of these wonderful birds flying around often at tree height. Other locations to expect to spot these Red Kites is around Christmas Common, Watlington Hill, Wormsley Estate and up at Stokenchurch. If you are happy to go walking then another
good place to spot Red Kites is around Stonor Deer Park where in addition you often see hawks and buzzards as well as owls, woodpeckers and other birds.