Walking in the Cotswolds - The Oxfordshire Way

Walk the Oxfordshire Way

Oxfordshire Way

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Oxfordshire Way

The Oxfordshire Way runs for 68 miles (109km) from Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire to Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

The path, which links with the Heart of England Way and the Thames Path, is located mainly in Oxfordshire with 6 miles in Gloucestershire and very short sections in Buckinghamshire. It takes between 4 and 6 days to walk.

Oxfordshire Way Route

The 68 mile Oxfordshire Way starts in Bourton-on-the-Water, passes through the villages of Wyck Rissington and Bledington, then follows the valley of the River Evenlode to Shipton-under-Wychwood, Ascott-under-Wychwood and the charming town of Charlbury.

From Charlbury the Oxfordshire Way path passes through Stonesfield and follows Akeman Street for 6 miles, including a crossing of Blenheim Park. After crossing the Oxford Canal the path then passes through Kirtlington and Weston-on-the-Green to Islip which marks the half way point.

From Islip the path runs by Noke, Beckley and the southern edge of Bernwood Forest to Waterperry. It then passes through Waterstock, Tiddington and Tetsworth. Across the M40 motorway it passes the small settlements of Adwell and Wheatfield, then after a glimpse of Shirburn Castle it reaches Pyrton.

From Pyrton the path crosses the Ridgeway National Trail, and climbs the Chiltern escarpment to Christmas Common. The remainder of the route is through the Chiltern beechwoods, passing Pishill, Maidensgrove, Bix Bottom and Middle Assendon to arrive at Henley.

Public Transport along the Oxfordshire Way

Railway stations can be found at Shipton-under-Wychwood and Charlbury (on the Cotswold Line), Islip and Henley-on-Thames are on the path.

Bourton-on-the-Water can be reached by good bus services from railway stations at Cheltenham and Moreton-in-Marsh.

Oxfordshire Way Accommodation

As the entire length of the Oxfordshire Way can be walked in less than a week, many people walk the whole length of the path on one go. So here is a selection of places to stay along the Oxfordshire Way.

Before starting the walk in Bourton-on-the-Water, explore this popular Cotswold village. There is a large selection of bed and breakfast accommodation including Whiteshoots Cottage B amp; B and Lansdowne Village Guest House.

Shipton-under-Wychwood accommodation includes Garden Cottage on Fiddlers Hill and The Shaven Crown.

If you are planning a stop in Charlbury then you could try Banbury Hill Farm on Enstone Road or The Bell Hotel on Church Street.

If Weston-on-the-Green is a planned stop off then look up Weston Grounds Farm or the Chequers Inn on Northampton Road.

Common Leys Farm in Waterperry caters for campers, as well as self catering and bed amp; breakfast guests.

Little Acre at Tetsworth offers traditional cottage-style accommodation set in 20 acres of mature grounds.

After completing the walk at Henley-on-Thames why not stay in the are for a while. Azalea House is a 4 star rated comfortable, spacious and well-kept bed and breakfast guest house just a 7 minute walk from the centre of Henley.

Page last updated 14/08/2013 13:14:39

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