A short Oxfordshire walk that explores the woodlands and countryside to the east of Christmas Common. The route is generally easy to follow and includes sections of the Oxfordshire Way and Chiltern Way.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A)The start is the parking area on the western slopes of Watlington Hill just to the west of the centre of Christmas Common on Hill Road at grid ref. SU710935. Exit the car park and turn right towards the centre of Christmas Common. At the first road junction turn right and continue for under 200 metres to join a footpath on your left (grid ref. SU714932).
(1)Follow this path as it turns right and then left to enter woodland and meet a track (grid ref. SU716934). Turn right following the signs for PY3 and follow the path into woodland. Previous walkers have made a short cut which bears right off the official right of way to meet a cross path on the southern edge of Shotridge Wood (grid ref. SU718935). Turn right and almost immediately bear left onto a descending path (signed SH4) through Shotridge Wood. Follow this path for just over a mile through woods to reach a junction with the Chiltern Way (grid ref. SU735934).
(2)Turn sharp right and follow the Chiltern Way as it enters further woodland to reach a road at Northend (grid ref. SU730927). Cross the road and continue following the waymarked Chiltern Way across fields before entering Fire Wood. Approximately 300 metres after entering the wood the Chiltern Way meets the Oxfordshire Way (grid ref. SU727918). Turn right here and follow the Oxfordshire Way as it passes through Fire Wood to reach a quiet tarmac road (grid ref. SU717928).
(3)Bear right along the road and almost immediately take the continuation of the Oxfordshire Way on your left. This leads through the northern part of Queen Wood to a road (grid ref. SU714930). Turn right along this road and continue past the first junction. At the next junction, turn left and the start of the walk is a short distance along Hill Road on your left.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 778ft - Start: Watlington Hill car park
1 : mi 0.42 - alt. 791ft - Turn left along path into woodland
2 : mi 1.79 - alt. 472ft - Turn right and follow Chiltern Way
3 : mi 4 - alt. 771ft - Bear right along road, then immediate left
D/A : mi 4.8 - alt. 778ft - Finish: Watlington Hill car park
This is a pleasant walk in the Chilterns exploring typical scenery of the area. The route includes woodland, open farmland and pretty villages using sections of two long distance footpaths - the Oxfordshire Way and the Chiltern Way. The walk follows well-trodden paths although care is needed with navigation and an OS 1:25000 map will prove useful.
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Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5
Global average : 4.67 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good
Enjoyed this walk to blow out the cobwebs! Parking is alongside a cow field where upon arrival the tractor was serving up hay bails for feeding time. Several calves present so an enjoyable watching spot. The walk passed a little field with lamb and sheep in too, they were friendly and came over for a pet. The woodland walk was longer than anticipated, but thats because we stopped on several points - lots of mushrooms this time of year. A beautiful walk to blow out the cobwebs - it took us about 3 hours in total to complete. Will recommend.
A medium length walk with one steep section. The village of Turville has become famous as the setting of the BBC TV Comedy the Vicar of Dibley. It has also featured in other TV programmes and films such as Midsomer Murders, Goodnight Mr Tom and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
A short easy walk with no steep hills in the village. The village of Turville has become famous as the setting of the BBC TV Comedy the Vicar of Dibley. It has also featured in other TV programmes and films such as Midsomer Murders, Goodnight Mr Tom and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
A medium length walk with some steep climbs. The village of Turville has become famous as the setting of the BBC TV Comedy the Vicar of Dibley. It has also featured in other TV programmes and films such as Midsomer Murders, Goodnight Mr Tom and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Easy walking through flat country around Berrick Salome.
Three hours circular walk with a slow climb to the heights, avoiding the steep climb on the Hambleden side.
A long and very interesting walk with a number of interesting sites to see with one (optional) steep climb.
A fairly long walk but with no steep hills or other challenging obstacles.
A short and pleasant walk over flat terrain with a pub break on the way.
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