Walks in England on National Trails and Paths

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.

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

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. 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 a relevant 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, 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.
Please also perhaps take a look at our Thames Path Towpath Walk from Lechlade to London and our Regents Canal, River Lee and Stort towpath walks for more walking ideas in England. Another of our websites has an extensive series of Walks on the Greek Islands which might be of interest and another one contains a series of items which are about walking in Cyprus - both sites have lots of photos and also beach guides.
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