Walks In Oxfordshire

willow tree over the pond at Wychwood Wild Garden

We can all manage to get outside and enjoy some walks in Oxfordshire. Exercise isn’t only great for you physically but it works wonders for you mental health too. We’ve all had a tough year and looking after your mental wellbeing is so incredibly important. I can’t emphasise enough how much better you can feel by taking a walk every day. Getting out in the fresh air and having a change of scenery really does make the world of difference.

It goes without saying to keep your social distance from others. I also carry a small bottle of hand sanitiser in my pocket incase we need to open gates or lift the lid on dog poo bins. And remmeber there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Wrap up warm or put sun cream on, put your welly boots on and get out there!

Mowbray Fields Nature Reserve

A small nature reserve with a wooden raised platform in the centre to observe the nature ponds. Pathway leading to Millennium Woods and the Railway Embankment (see below).

Address: Mowbray Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 8ST

  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet No
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly Yes (concrete paths and grass)
  • Bike Friendly Yes
  • Scooter Friendly Yes
  • Dog Friendly Yes
  • Refreshments available No
  • Car Park No. Park responsibly on Mowbray Road

Millennium Woods

A woodland planted by local children to commemorate the Millennium. Circle of large stones in the centre and various pathways leading in a circuit through the woods. Ideal for den building.

Address: East Hagbourne, Didcot, Oxfordshire

  • Terrain Flat dirt paths
  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet No
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly Yes (can get muddy in wet weather)
  • Bike Friendly Yes
  • Scooter Friendly No
  • Dog Friendly Yes
  • Refreshments available No
  • Car Park No. Park responsibly on public roads and walk to entrance gates

The Railway Embankment

Former Didcot to Southampton railway line. Now concrete pathway with lovely views. Some benches to rest along the route. Ideal for kids riding scooters or bikes.

Address: Accessible from Mowbray Fields (see above)

  • Terrain Concrete paths from East Hagbourne to Upton
  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet No
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly Yes
  • Bike Friendly Yes
  • Scooter Friendly Yes
  • Dog Friendly Yes
  • Refreshments available No
  • Car Park No

Wittenham Clumps

Two hills sat alongside each other with wildlife meadows leading down to the River Thames. Managed by Earth Trust with cattle often grazing on the hills. Fenced off wooded areas on both hills ideal for den building. Kite flying good on a windy day.

Address: Little Wittenham, Wallingford, OX14 4QZ

  • Terrain Hilly with a flat meadow on one side
  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet No
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly No
  • Bike Friendly No
  • Scooter Friendly No
  • Dog Friendly Yes (on a lead when cattle grazing)
  • Refreshments available No
  • Car Park Yes

Castle Gardens and Meadows

Castle ruins dating back to 1067. Perfect for hide and seek and a lovely photography backdrop. Grass pathway leading round the perimeter of the castle meadow and interesting information boards with the history of the ruins. Full review here: Castle Gardens and Meadows

Address: Castle Street, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8DL

  • Terrain Castle ruins on top of mound accessible via steps or steep slope. Meadows bumpy terrain
  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet None. Town centre nearby
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly Yes (all grass terrain)
  • Bike Friendly No
  • Scooter Friendly No
  • Disabled Access Blue badge parking bays near entrance
  • Dog Friendly Meadows yes / Gardens no
  • Refreshments available None. Town centre nearby
  • Car Park Yes a number of parking bays on Castle Street. £1.90 for up to 8 hours. Some free parking further along Castle Street down the track leading to the meadows (it is literally a dirt track).
Wallingford Castle Gardens

The Ridgeway

The Ridgeway is 85 miles long in total. You can access it at various points across the county including Ilsley and Goring.

  • Terrain Fairly flat grass paths. Hilly in places
  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet No
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly Pushchair possible in some areas
  • Bike Friendly Yes
  • Scooter Friendly No
  • Dog Friendly Yes
  • Refreshments available No
  • Car Park Yes various parking areas

White Horse Hill

Home of the large Uffington White Horse chalk drawing which can be seen on the side of the hill from miles around. Managed by the National Trust but open and free for the public to visit. Sheep grazing so dogs needed to be kept on leads.

Address: Uffington, Oxfordshire, SN7 7UK

  • Terrain Steep hills
  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet No
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly No
  • Bike Friendly No
  • Scooter Friendly No
  • Dog Friendly Yes on a lead
  • Refreshments available No
  • Car Park Yes National Trust pay and display car park

Steventon Copse

Small woodland with a little stream and lovely forest school area. Ideal for den building. Also visit the waterfall further along the street. Full review here: Fairy Doors In Steventon Copse

Address: Mill Street, Steventon, Abingdon, OX13 6SP

  • Terrain Rough natural terrain with some slopes
  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet No
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly No
  • Bike Friendly No
  • Scooter Friendly No
  • Dog Friendly Yes
  • Refreshments available No
  • Car Park No
Role play campfire in Steventon copse

Dry Sandford Pit

A Nature Reserve of national geological importance owing to its fossilised cliffs. Great for butterfly and insect watching. Stream, wildlife trail through the woods and trees to climb. Full review here: Dry Sandford Pit

Address: Cothill Road, Dry Sandford, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6JW

  • Terrain Rough natural terrain
  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet No
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly No
  • Bike Friendly No
  • Scooter Friendly No
  • Dog Friendly Yes on a lead. Take poo bags home with you as no bins
  • Refreshments available No
  • Car Park Yes free parking on site for up to 8 cars
Kids running through meadow in front of cliffs

Harcourt Arboretum

Large collection of rare trees as well as ponds, wildlife meadows and woodlands. Peacocks roaming freely, pigs and sculptures to see along the way. Book in advance to visit via their website here: https://www.obga.ox.ac.uk/visit-Arboretum Full review here: Harcourt Arboretum

Address: Oxford Lodge Peacock Gate, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire, OX44 9PX

  • Terrain Main arboretum flat gravel paths. Meadows grass with some slopes.
  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet Yes
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly Yes although the meadow areas are longer grass with slopes so a bit trickier and paths are uneven surfaces as most are wood chip or packed earth.
  • Bike Friendly No
  • Scooter Friendly No
  • Disabled Access Blue badge parking.
  • Dog Friendly  No dogs except assistance dogs
  • Refreshments available Hot drinks stall there during our visit but not guaranteed.
  • Car Park Yes free parking on site
  • Baby facilities Baby changing in toilets
Parkland view in Harcournt Arboretum

C S Lewis Nature Reserve

This area was once owned by the author CS Lewis while he was writing his well known Narnia tales. Some steep pathways and a large pond. Ideal for pond dipping so take nets and a bucket. Full review here: CS Lewis Nature Reserve

Address: Lewis Close, Risinghurst, Oxford, OX3 8JD

  • Terrain Rough natural terrain with some steep slopes
  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet None
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly No
  • Bike Friendly No
  • Scooter Friendly No
  • Dog Friendly Yes
  • Refreshments available No
  • Car Park No. Park responsibly

Wychwood Wild Garden

Cared for by volunteers, open and free for all to visit. Stunning gardens within woodland with 2 large ponds and a canal system through the woods. Lots of ducks around so please keep dogs on a lead. Good den building areas. Full review here: Wychwood Wild Garden

Address: Dog Kennel Lane, Shipton-Under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire

  • Terrain Rough natural paths but quite flat
  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet No
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly  Yes mostly
  • Bike Friendly No
  • Scooter Friendly No
  • Disabled Access The paths in some areas are a little tricky but on the whole its fine for wheelchairs and pushchairs in dry weather.
  • Dog Friendly  Yes on a lead
  • Refreshments available  No. Burford or Shipton shops/eateries a few minutes away.
  • Car Park No. Park along Dog Kennel Lane.
ducks and the water channel flowing from main pond down to lily pond

Kilkenny Lane Country Park

Amazing adventure play area within this relatively small country park. Willow maze, sand pit and wooden play apparatus. Trail paths to follow around the country park and horse sculptures. Perfect for families of all ages. Full review here: Kilkenny Lane Country Park

Address: Elmhurst Way, Carterton, OX18 1EY

  • Terrain Flat grass and gravel paths
  • Toilets / Disabled Toilet Yes in car park (cost 20p). Not sure if they are disabled toilets.
  • Pushchair / Wheelchair Friendly Yes. Paths are grass or packed earth but were no problem with the pushchair.
  • Bike Friendly Yes
  • Scooter Friendly No
  • Dog Friendly  Yes. Dog poo bins around the park.
  • Refreshments available No but there is a shop nearby
  • Car Park Yes free parking on site
Horse sculpture close up of horses head Kilkenny Lane Country Park

I’ll keep adding to this list as and when I find more great walks in Oxfordshire. Enjoy!

15 Comments on “Walks In Oxfordshire”

  1. Hi Helen went her today 30/8/21. sat nav took us through a housing estate we stopped when it said you have reached your destination, i saw a brown sign and followed that and we found it, its a lovely place to take mine and my friends dog, theres lots of dog poo bins and some areas we could let the dogs off. I went round in my mobility scooter with no problems, thanks for posting this, i shall look at your other walk recommendations.

  2. Hi Katie thanks for compiling this list it’s great! We also love visiting Snelsmore Common and Nettlebed (and Warburg Nature reserve) although they aren’t South Oxfordshire they aren’t far from Didcot. Also Thames path although haven’t found a good circular route yet.

    1. You’re welcome! Snelsmore is on my list to visit as we’ve never been but I have heard of it. I haven’t heard of Warburg Nature Reserve though so will add that to the list, thanks!

    2. Start at Cholsey Marsh, walk to Wallingford then back along bunk line to Cholsey. Play areas at wally and Cholsey Meadows. Cafe at C Meadows. Cafes, etc in Wally. Park down Ferry lane, Cholsey.

  3. Thanks for this. It’s so helpful for people like me who aren’t brought up in the area

  4. This is brilliant and so informative. Well
    Done for taking the time to pull this together. I know Snelsmore Common isn’t in Oxfordshire as it’s just over the border into Berkshire but it’s a great place for a walk and the different trails make it pushchair friendly as well as dog and wheelchair friendly too.

    1. Thanks, I’m glad you’ve found it useful. I’ve got Snelsmore Common on our list of places to visit hopefully this year x

  5. This is amazing list of places to walk. Thank you.
    One I found myself, but not visited as been too wet is Windrush Mosiac Trail in Standlake. Do add it to your list.

    1. That sounds great Helen thank you! I’ll definitely add it to our list of places to visit x

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