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:
Ashby St. Ledgers Footpath and Canal Towpath Walk to try in England
A walk in England from Marsworth up to Ivinghoe Beacon, Tring and back
A circular walk from Soulbury 3 Locks up to Greensand Ridge in England

The following walks at some point use part of The Ridgeway National Trail:
Avebury Stones to Barbury Castle walk - The Ridgeway Path
Cowleaze Wood, Pyrton Hill, Aston Rowant Ridgeway Trail Walks England
Halton and Wendover Woods circular walk part on The Ridgeway Trail England
Halton walk up to Boddington Hill Fort, Wendover Woods, The Chilterns, England
Ridgeway National Trail walk near Chequers in Oxfordshire, England
Ridgeway Trail walk - Wendover Woods then Wendover Canal back to Halton England
Walking through Wormsley Estate and along The Ridgeway Trail, England
Wantage to Wantage walk in England visiting Letcombe Castle Fort
Wendover Woods and Canal Circular Walk in The Chilterns in England

Walks which take you partly along the Oxfordshire Way National Trail:
Beckley to Thame - Oxfordshire Way National Trail walk England
Lower Heyford, Steeple Barton and Barton Abbey grounds, Tackley, walk in England
Stonor to Stonor Walk going via Assendon Ridge, Oxfordshire, England
Stonor via Henley Walks using The Oxfordshire Way National Trail England
Thame Circular Walk using the old Oxfordshire Way Trail, England

Other walks in Oxfordshire:
Charlbury Circular Walk visiting Wychwood Forest, Oxfordshire, England
Cowlease Woods and Ibstone walks amongst the Bluebells in England

These walks go at least partially along The Oxford Canal Towpath:
Braunston - Lower Shuckburgh - Rugby area Oxford Canal walks in England
Brinklow towpath walks along the Oxford Canal in England
Fenny Compton, Claydon, Cropedy and Banbury Walk - Oxfordshire, England
Fenny Compton circular walk in England via Marston Doles and Priors Hardwick
Islip Circular Walk via Kidlington in Oxfordshire, England
Lower Heyford Walk in England: Steeple, Middle, North Astons, Somerton and back
Lower Heyford, Steeple, Middle and North Astons, Somerton walk in England
Marston Doles - Napton - Oxford Canal Towpath Walk in England
Oxford to Lower Heyford 23km one way Oxford Canal towpath walk in England
Somerton - Aynho - Souldern Circular Walk in Oxfordshire, England
Woodstock and Blenheim Palace Great Park walks in England

These following walks are circulars which involve walking partly along the River Thames Path:
Culham, River Ock, Abingdon, Culham Circular walk, Oxfordshire England
Culham Circular walk out to Clifton Hampden and Abingdon in England
Goring to Moulsford and back longish Circular 15 mile Walk, England
Walking to Wittenham Clumps and Dorchester Abbey in England

The following are specifically about walking The Thames Path between Lechlade and Kew Bridge:
Thames Path walk from Lechlade to Radcot Bridge
The Thames Path section Radcot to Newbridge walk
Along The Thames Path into Oxford
Oxford to Abingdon walk on the Thames Path
The Thames Path between Abingdon and Culham
Thames Path Culham Lock via Benson to Wallingford walk
Wallingford to Reading via Goring on The Thames Path
Caversham to Maidenhead - Thames Path walk via Henley, Marlow
Thames Path walk - Maidenhead via Windsor and Runnymede to Staines
Thames Path walking from Staines via Weybridge and Kingston to Kew Bridge
Tower Bridge to the Thames Barrier on The Thames Path in England

The following are about The Thames Path but not actual walks - just photos and information about the bridges, locks and weirs which can be seen
River Thames Weirs and Thames Locks - Lechlade to Clifton Lock
Weirs and River Thames Locks - Days Lock to Richmond Lock in England
Using the Locks on The River Thames in England
Old Bridges over the River Thames between Lechlade and Whitchurch
Bridges crossing The Thames between Caversham and Tower Bridge

Walking Gear and Possible Hazards when hiking in England. 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.
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Good External "Walking Related" Web Resources
Goring Gap Health Walks provides useful information about their Health Walking group and the area in which they walk.
Towpath Treks Photo Guide about Walking on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and other canals in England and Wales.
Walks in England in woodlands, hills and along canal towpaths - created by www.foxysislandwalks.co.uk