Foxholes Wild Walk

Explore Foxholes : stroll through rolling countryside, woodland and quiet villages. Starting in Shipton-under-Wychwood, this 11 km circular walk takes in ancient woodland at the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust’s (BBOWT) Foxholes nature reserve.

Technical sheet
No. 13381975
A Shipton-under-Wychwood walk posted on 16/08/21 by BBOWT. Update : 23/06/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h35[?]
Distance Distance : 7.6mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 135ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 135ft
Highest point Highest point : 479ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 322ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Cotswolds
Location Location : Shipton-under-Wychwood
Starting point Starting point : N 51.865843° / W 1.592281°
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Description

(D/A) From Shipton railway station, head downhill on the A361 towards the village.

(1) After 600 metres turn right onto Meadow Lane and 200 metres after the last house, turn left onto the bridleway. Follow the hedge to the end, then turn right on to the worn path between arable fields. Follow the path towards Heath Farm, passing a small conifer plantation and cross a road, then following the hedge into Bruern Wood. Follow the woodland ride to the house, passing spring and the avenue of lime trees, then cross the road to follow the path beside a wood.

(2) At the path junction 700 metres from the road, turn the left to a small car park. Take the grass track opposite the car park entrance. Follow the path (which becomes a bridleway) into the wood until a crosspaths is reached.

(3) Turn left and follow the path. Take the next right through a large bracken glade.

(4) Turn left onto a narrow winding path and over some boardwalks. Once on the wide path turn right and follow the bridleway to the end of the wood. Continue straight on through a scrub-bordered corridor that widens after 500 metres to an area of rough grass.

(5) Just before the stream, turn left onto the footpath. Follow this with the stream on your right, then cross at a concrete culvert and follow the path with the stream on your left to a stile.

(6) Follow the arable field boundary past a small pine plantation, then through the field heading to the right of the farm cottages; cross the road then cross the ditch to join a track lined with horse chestnut. Follow this into Milton village and back to Shipton railway station. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 344ft - Shipton railway station
1 : mi 0.53 - alt. 325ft - Meadow Lane
2 : mi 2.79 - alt. 358ft - Car park
3 : mi 3.25 - alt. 479ft - Path
4 : mi 3.52 - alt. 456ft - Narrow winding path
5 : mi 4.41 - alt. 417ft - Stream
6 : mi 4.88 - alt. 404ft - Grange Farm Cottage
D/A : mi 7.6 - alt. 344ft - Shipton railway station

Useful Information

Start : Shipton railway station. Postcode: OX7 5FJ Grid ref: SP 282 186
By bus: Check www.traveline.info for information about
local buses
By train: The route starts at Shipton railway station, alternatively there is an extension to start from Kingham railway station. Check www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times
By car: There is parking at both Shipton and Kingham railway stations and very limited parking at Foxholes nature reserve (access track is very potholed, a 4x4 is recommended)
By bike: There is cycle storage at Shipton and Kingham railway stations

  • To start the walk from Kingham railway station, allow an extra hour
  • There are additional paths through Foxholes nature reserve to explore further, including a Wildlife Walk

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Foxholes Nature Reserve
This tranquil woodland, a remnant of the ancient forest of Wychwood, is one of the best bluebell woods in Oxfordshire. The wet ash-maple woodland bordering the River Evenlode gives way to beech further up slope with oak and birch on the gravel plateau within the reserve.
In spring the woodland floor is vibrant with primroses, violets and early-purple orchids. More than 50 bird species, including marsh tit, nuthatch and treecreeper breed in the wood, producing a chorus of song through spring and summer.
Wild honeysuckle grows in the wood and is the food plant of the white admiral butterflies’ caterpillars. Look for the butterflies flying in the woodland. Numerous other butterfly species have been recorded in the wood, including ringlet, holly blue, and speckled wood.
Fungi are abundant here during autumn. Over 200 species have been recorded including boletes, russulas, milkcaps and false death cap. Look out for the bright red beechwood sickener poking out from the fallen beech leaves, the fly agaric – the classic red and white fairytale toadstool, and the blue-grey oyster mushroom, growing in tiers at the base of trees.

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
BBOWT relies on the support of our members to help us look after local wildlife. By joining BBOWT you can help to secure the future of special landscapes like Foxholes.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 2.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 1/5
Routemap quality : 3/5
Walk interest : 3/5


Admin hiker
on Tue 08 Mar 2022 09:12:43 CET

Hello,

I am sorry to read your experience hasn't been quite good. Would you mind sharing where the description wasn't accurate so we can improve it ?

Thank you
Have a good day

Delphine - Community Developer


Walker
on Mon 07 Mar 2022 09:46:30 CET

Global average : 2.33 / 5

Date of walk : 07/03/22
Description quality : Very disappointing
Easiness to follow the route : Average
Walk interest : Average

Unbelievably muddy! Narrow paths with close to knee high mud in places. Probably lovely in summer.

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