Up Around Goring (Walk With Route)

This walk will take you up in the hills on the more gentle side of Goring and Streatley. The mapping starts on the east of the rail bridge but if you’re driving you’ll need to find somewhere to park first – there’s a car park signposted as you head towards the river.

Going anti-clockwise, the route starts with a short stretch by the B4526 but you quickly turn off into Whitehills Green and walk through that small housing development, heading up and to the right as it were, until you spot the footpath at the end of the close.

Further on in the route, in Great Chalk Wood, while the Chiltern Way is marked straight on there’s no marking for the left hand track (paved, going downhill) – but take it anyway. It is a right of way although the gate at the end is locked – but it’s easy enough to clamber over or around. You’re then back on the B4526 for a short stretch but there’s a path high up on the verge that brings you down to road level again in time for the footpath to Elvendon Priory. The rest of the route is pretty straight-forward. It’s about 4.5 miles.

3D view of walk from Goring

About 4.5 miles

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A South Oxfordshire Stroll (Walk With Route)

A reasonably lumpy walk that’s just over six miles, starting and finishing at the reliable and very popular King William pub at Hailey, near Wallingford in South Oxon. You can always cycle or walk to the pub to start, but if you drive you’ll find they’re very walker’s-car-friendly. Just be sure to eat and drink there to repay them.

Going anti-clockwise, a few things to note are: the road section by Braziers Park is normally quiet (but on the 5th May 2014 they are having an open day, so that might change). The road by Ouseley Barn has a path by the side of the field you can use. Take the second path off to the right, not the first, for the climb up Hammond’s Wood. Lurking in the woods between Checkendon and Garson’s Farm there’s a short sharp climb to tax any aching legs. As you come down towards Well Place, make sure you come out of the field on to the road, then take the path that’s sign-posted almost immediately on the left. You need to do this to drop below the line of trees in the field – as you come down the hill it’s tempting to think you can just keep on going.

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3d Rendition of a South Oxon walk

Hailey-Checkendon-Hailey – just over 6 miles.

Around Crazies Hill (Walk With Route)

Starting out from Knowl Hill (where it’s easy to park, if you’ve driven there) this is a not too taxing six mile walk. The return leg through Bottom Boles Wood and nearby was muddy for a while but that’s not too surprising given that there’s a very large brick works hidden away at Knowl Hill. Bricks need clay; clay makes for mud; it’s been a very wet winter. It was nothing that you’d call impassable, and you’re hardly likely to go out walking in summer shoes yet, so don’t let the thought of a muddy bit put you off.

Walk profile for around Crazies Hill

Six miles around Crazies Hill

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From The King William (Walk With Route)

With as much rain as we’ve had in recent weeks, it’s hard to find enjoyable (or even passable) routes to cycle or walk.

We did this just-on-four mile walk and it wasn’t too bad, all things considered. You’re not going to be too happy in a pair of light-weight trainers, but decently shod you should be fine, with just a couple of spots that needed some careful negotiation. (And we were passed by a chap on a cyclo cross bike, so perhaps we’re just being a bit wimpy on the cycling front.)

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Hailey - Homer Walk

Nothing too strenuous

A Christmas Common Walk (With Route)

A filthy day for cycling, so a six-plus mile walk starting and finishing at Christmas Common. C’mon, it’s that time of year!

The walk in 3D

As you can see from the profile map, there’s a fair bit of up and down but it’s quite an easy route to follow with just short stretches on roads where you need some commonsense caution. This walk comes with the pleasure of going through a door in a wall that I’d always assumed was there to keep the likes of me out.

(And you pass Dumble Dore too – it’s on the OS map, honest.)

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And in turn, something will eat the fungi

And in turn, something will eat the fungi

Beech trees on the edge of the Chilterns

Beech trees on the edge of the Chilterns

From Turville – A 3D Walk (With Route)

A good length (5.62 miles) and hilly walk starting and finishing in Turville: lovely on a largely clear late autumn day – but one for when you’re feeling fit.
This might be the over-crowded south, but once out of the village we only saw two other couples the whole trip.

There’s something very attractive about these valleys; of course they’re nothing geographically extreme in the big scheme of things, but Charli – who’s been there – agreed with me that they look like they were carved by glaciers; that they could be Switzerland in miniature.

And as I’ve said before, I do rather like that these villages started out as Norse settlements, from when Vikings came up the Thames.

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Lumpy, but rewarding

Lumpy, but rewarding

Lumpy, but rewarding

Yes, lumpy, but rewarding