Walks in England on National Trails and Paths

Walking in England - Path, Towpath, Trail Hiking Guides 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 - plus along the River Thames and parts of the 185 miles of Thames Path National Trail. 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 three walks involve walking some part of The Grand Union Canal towpath in England.

Ashby St. Ledgers Footpath and Canal Towpath Walk to try in England
A circular walk from Ashby St. Ledgers village, partly Jurassic Way, via Braunston, Grand Union and Leicester Canals and back.
A walk in England from Marsworth up to Ivinghoe Beacon, Tring and back
Walking from Marsworth Lock up to Ivinghoe Beacon, then via Tring back to Marsworth - towpaths and Ridgeway Trail.
A circular walk from Soulbury 3 Locks up to Greensand Ridge in England
From Soulbury 3 Locks along the Grand Union Canal to Old Linslade, up to GreenSand Ridge, Great Brickhill and back.

The following series of walks at some point use at least part of The Ridgeway National Trail.

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..
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.
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 iand then back to Halton.
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.
Ridgeway National Trail walk near Chequers in Oxfordshire, England
A quite "bumpy" walk partly on The Ridgeway National Trail walk which takes you close to Chequers in Oxfordshire, England.
Ridgeway Trail walk - Wendover Woods then Wendover Canal back to Halton England
A Ridgeway Trail walk from Halton going into Wendover Woods and Town then back along The Wendover Arm towpath to Halton.
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.
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.
Wendover Woods and Canal Circular Walk in The Chilterns in England
From Halton along The Wendover Canal to Drayton Beauchamp, Tring, Pavis Woods (Ridgeway), Wendover Woods and back.

Walks which take you partly along bits of the Oxfordshire Way National Trail.

Beckley to Thame - Oxfordshire Way National Trail walk England
A nice one way walk in Oxfordshire which starts at Beckley and goes via Waterperry and Rycote Chapel to Thame.
Lower Heyford, Steeple Barton and Barton Abbey grounds, Tackley, walk in England
A long Lower Heyford circular walk via Steeple Aston, Steeple Barton and Barton Abbey grounds, Tackley Oxford Canal towpath.
Stonor to Stonor Walk going via Assendon Ridge, Oxfordshire, England
A circular walk going from Stonor Deer Park via Assendon Ridge to Henley and back using the Oxfordshire Way National Trail.
Stonor via Henley Walks using The Oxfordshire Way National Trail England
Stonor to Stonor walk going via Henley using The Thames Path and the Oxfordshire Way National Trail in England.
Thame Circular Walk using the old Oxfordshire Way Trail, England
A really good circular walk out from Thame (Oxfordshire, England) walking via Shabbington and Rycote Chapel.

Three walks in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire which go through beautiful woods in our English countryside.

Charlbury Circular Walk visiting Wychwood Forest, Oxfordshire, England
This circular walk of just under 9 miles takes you into the ancient and beautiful Wychwood Forest in Oxfordshire, England.
Cowleaze Bluebell Woods walk in The Chilterns England
A Bluebell Woods circular walk at Cowleaze Woods, part Ridgeway Trail and Aston Rowant Nature Reserve
Ibstone Circular Walk in Buckinghamshire in Bluebell Woods
This is a Turvill - Ibstone circular walk with several climbs and also loads of Bluebells to see in The Spring.

These walks go into the countryside and also go at least partially along The Oxford Canal Towpath in England.

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 Napton Locks, 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.

Culham, River Ock, Abingdon, Culham Circular walk, Oxfordshire England
Walking from Culham Lock along the Cut and River Thames Path to Abingdon and then back via Sutton Courtenay to Culham.
Culham Circular walk out to Clifton Hampden and Abingdon in England
From Culham Lock to Clifton Hampden, around UKAEA Culham then across country to Abingdon and back beside The Thames.
Goring to Moulsford and back longish Circular 15 mile Walk, England
A 15 mile circular walk from Goring - this has several steepish climbs then undulates until it returns beside The River Thames.
Walking to Wittenham Clumps and Dorchester Abbey in England
Walking from Clifton Hampden through countryside to Wittenham Clumps and Hill Fort, Shillingford and Dorchester.
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. Walks in England - paths through bluebell woodsIt 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 of course a good Ordnance Survey Explorer map should be carried/utilised as well.Red Kite 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. You may be interested in looking at a few photographs of some of the old churches in England which we have come across whilst out and about walking.
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 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.
Take a look at our Thames Path and Regents Canal Towpath Walks for more walking ideas. Another of our websites has an extensive series of Walks on the Greek Islands which might be of interest and another about walking in Cyprus.
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