This walk starts from the top of Watlington Hill within The Chiltern Hills in Oxfordshire, is around 14kms long and involves several steep climbs.
In fact the total climb is around 485 metres, and involves using bits of The Ridgeway National Trail and a little along The Swans Way - the map for this is Ordnance Survey Explorer 171. How to get to the start and where to park
. Go along the A40 as it goes from Stokenchurch towards Oxford and around half a mile along turn left on the road to Christmas Common - follow this for
around 3 miles as it crosses the M40 and passes Cowleaze Woods to eventually arrive at the turn-off for Hill Road on the right.
Watlington Hill car-park is around 400 yards along Hill Road on the left but you need to drive slowly as the entrance is buried in the hedgerow so hardly visible.
To start this walk go to the left side of the car park with HIll Road in front of you and take the broad path on the left (there are several noticeboards here) - this goes through trees, crosses a track and then comes out onto the open hill-side. Almost immediately there are excellent view of Watlington and the surrounding countryside below, the hill side itself is nicely populated with beautiful yellow gorse and expect to see quite a few Red Kites wheeling around enjoying the thermals.