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As social distances measures are relaxed in England the club is not yet ready to resume its usual activities, but we would like to share some ideas for walking routes which start and end in Oxford. You can download these routes via the plotaroute website as .GPX files, which can be loaded on most phones by a suitable application.
You’ll find many of these routes do overlap a lot, so feel free to adapt them and use them as a starting point to explore the surrounding countryside! In a similar vein since all of these walks are circular, you can start/end them at the most convenient point, and also do them in reverse if you wish.
Please note that not all these routes have actually been tested! They pass through public footpaths indicated on the OS maps and other publicly accessible areas, but you may find you need to backtrack and/or find alternative routes if the path has been altered. Additionally some routes pass through some of the university-owned parks, which are only open during the day.
Iffley Meadows (10km / 6mi)
A walk exploring the southern section of the Thames path, featuring the Iffley meadows. The route can be optionally extended by simply walking further down the river, but remember you’ll have to come back the same way!
The River Cherwell (7km / 4.5mi)
A shorter walk starting and ending at the university parks. The route follows the river Cherwell upstream, and returns via small footpaths around Marston.
Port Meadow Circular (10km / 6mi)
A classic circular walk around Port Meadow, passing through Burgess Field and returning via the Thames Path. Can be extended by aimlessly walking through the meadow, or by following the Thames Path further upstream.
CS Lewis and Shotover (15km / 9mi)
A walk around the green spaces in Headington, featuring the C.S. Lewis Nature Reserve and the Shotover hill. Walk can be shortened of extended depending on how much time you spend exploring the Shotover Country Park.
Oxford Jubilee Walk (15km / 9mi)
An adaptation of the Jubilee walk of the Oxford Ramblers, featuring Boars Hill. The original route appears to pass through a path which is no longer a public right of way, so the route has been modified accordingly. Direction of the original route can be found here, and there is also a flyer containing points of interest.
Cutteslow and Elsfield (18km / 11mi)
An exploration of the northern outskirts of Oxford, which passes by the Cutteslowe park and heads towards Elsfield. Note the return from Elsfield involves a fair bit of road walking; this can be avoided by returning via Barton, but will make the route a bit longer.
Begbroke and Yarton (19km / 12mi)
Passing through Port Meadow the route follows the Shakespeare’s way to the outskirts of Yarton, before turning off towards Begbroke. From there we turn back and return via the canal.
Up to Kidlington (20km / 12mi)
For those wishing to venture further out, this walk visits the neighbouring town Kidlington. Route route loosely follows the Cherwell river up to Kidlington, and loosely follows the canal on the way back.