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AA 100 Walks in the Heart of England - Enjoy the best of the British countryside with this compact, and easy-to-carry walking guide offering highlights of the heart of England, its regional and topographical features, plus information on footpath signing, countryside access, walking tips and safety guidelines. The 100 walks cover the area in detail, with the distance of each ranging from two to ten miles depending on the terrain and interest along the way. Town and city strolls may be shorter, depending on the hinterland. Published January 10.

 

Oxfordshire AA 50 Walks - Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this guide features a variety of mapped walks to suit all abilities. The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of Oxford shire, as well as other local points of interest. All walks are annotated with places to visit along the way, including tea rooms and pubs, with extra details on their character and the food on offer. Every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets. Published February 09.

ISBN: 9780749560577 - Oxfordshire

Shakespeare's Way - Peter Titchmarsh - This guide describes the 146-mile Shakespeare’s Way, a footpath running through the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Blenheim Park, Oxford, the valley of the Thame, and the beech woods of the Chilterns. Beyond here it takes a surprisingly quiet route into London. The footpath tries to stay as close as possible to the route the ‘Bard’ may have taken on his own journeys between Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Published Feb 06

Shakespeare's Way

City Walks: Oxford, Victoria Bentata Azaz - Whether you visit Oxford regularly or are a first-time visitor, City Walks Oxford provides a new look at this charming city with unique insights and imaginative tours. Take any route and see Oxford come to life, from Jericho and Port Meadow to Headington and Iffley, see Oxford’s historic sites and top attractions. Expert local guide Victoria Bentata Azaz gives you a personal tour of Oxford, with each walk packed full of intriguing tales and fascinating features including, Oxford Castle, the colleges of Oxford University and its world-class museums and libraries. Learn little-known facts and tales in an entertaining and exciting way and discover the stories and events that shaped Oxford into one of the most famous cities in England. Take this handy guide with you as you walk through Oxford and explore the off-route detours to find the most scenic or historic spots, or link two or more routes that interest you to create your own unique day out. Published October 12. Best Tea Shop Walks in Oxfordshire, Julie Meech - 25 walks of between 3 and 10 miles. Explores areas of the Cotswolds, the Chilterns, the Thames Valley and the Wessex Downs, with each walk including a stop for afternoon tea. Published July 99

BEST TEA SHOP WALKS IN OXFORDSHIRE

AA 30 Walks Oxfordshire (Cards) - This original concept takes the most popular walks from the AA's best-selling and newly updated walks database and packages them on individual laminated cards in a durable box. The small and handy size means that the box can be stowed away in a pocket or handbag and single cards extracted at each walk start point. Clear and concise instructions plus a full-colour route map make the cards a joy to use. Published July 10. 

ISBN: 9780749564445 - Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Walks: Oxford, the Cotswolds, The Upper Thames and Vale, Nick Moon. Published May 98

For more on The Cotswolds - see Cotswolds Books

 

 

Walks into History, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, John Wilks - The lively and informative routes in this guide take the walker on a journey through history passing ancient hill forts and hill figures; Roman villas, medieval castles and grand houses; picturesque villages and historic towns. The 16 circular walks explore some of the most beautiful countryside in England. One of the walks visits the intriguing White Horse hill figure and the remains of the hill fort at Uffington. There are also walks along the Kennet & Avon canal at Woolhampton and Hungerford; and across Snelsmore Common to the ruins of Donnington Castle. With photographs and maps.. Published May 08.

ISBN: 9781846740695 - Walks into History: Berkshire and Oxfordshire

Paws for History, Helen Peacocke - 35 Dog-friendly Pubs and Walks in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. Published May 10.

Kiddiwalks in Oxfordshire, Ruth Paley - Twenty safe walks in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside devised specially with children in mind. The selected routes give children the opportunity to race up and down the sides of Watlington Hill; spot birds and animals at Foxholes Nature Reserve; hunt for mini beasts in the beetle banks at Badbury Clump; feed the ducks on the Oxford Canal; explore the ruins of Abingdon Abbey, and discover a mysterious statue in Park Wood at Mapledurham. Published May 12. 

ISBN: 9781846742835 - Kiddiwalks in Oxfordshire

The Roman Way, Elaine Stean -"The Roman Way" is a 174-mile walk, on the theme of Roman roads, using public rights of way. It follows a triangle formed by three Roman roads from Chesterton, near Bicester in Oxfordshire, to Cirencester in Gloucestershire, and on to the Roman walled town of Silchester in Hampshire, returning to the Roman military fort at Alchester near the starting point. The route follows Akeman Street as it crosses the limestone heights of the Cotswold Hills to Cirencester, then south-east following the Ermin Way across the Wiltshire Downs, through the village of Speen in Berkshire, descending to cross the River Kennet as the Romans did. The way continues through the heathlands and pine forest north to Dorchester on Thames. From this Roman settlement, the route goes directly north beside Oxford and across Otmoor, the marsh where the Romans built a bridge to reach the fort at Alchester. The book divides the Roman Way into 17 sections, all of which have suggested access points for shorter distances, information about public transport, a list of tea shops, pubs and accommodation. Each day's walk is accompanied by the relevant sections of the Ordnance Survey map and is vividly illustrated throughout giving archaeological, historical, botanical and local anecdotal detail.  Published December 09. Drive and Stroll in Oxfordshire, Roger Noyce - This work presents a collection of twenty circular routes for those who enjoy a country drive to an attractive spot for a refreshing walk. It includes routes at Cropredy, Lower Heyford, Woodstock, Kelmscott, Cottisford and Stoke Row, along with maps and photographs. Published May 07

ISBN: 9781853069635 - Drive and Stroll in Oxfordshire

 

 

The Seven Shires Way: A 234 Mile Walk...Around the County Boundary of Oxfordshire Using Public Rights of Way, Elaine Steane - The Seven Shires Way is a 234-mile long walk around the Oxfordshire county boundary. It criss-crosses the boundary taking the walker into seven shires from Gloucestershire to Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire. The path passes through a wide variation of scenery: from the marlstone scarp slope of Edgehill in Warwickshire to the ironstone villages of North Oxforshire, the clay vale of Aylesbury, the beech woods of the Chiltern Hills, the riverbank of the Thames, the open downland of Berkshire and Cotswold villages in Gloucestershire. The book divides the walk into 21 sections, all of which have suggested access points for shorter distances, a list of useful accommodation and information about public transport. Each walk is accompanied by the relevant section of the Ordnance Survey map and is illustrated, giving archeological, historical, botanical and literary detail. Published April 02

Railway Walks, Circular Walks along Abandoned Railway Lines in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire, M. MacSorely - Abandoned railway lines can offer rewarding walks through the heart of the countryside, away from roads and traffic, rich in flora and fauna and littered with examples of Victorian civil engineering. This book features 12 of these walks throughout Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Published June 03

 

The D'arcy Dalton Way Across Oxfordshire Cotswolds and Thames Valley, Nicholas Moon - The D’arcy Dalton Way was created to mark the Oxford Fieldpath Society's Diamond Jubilee in 1986 to connect Oxfordshire's major long distance paths  with the Wessex Downs and public transport links, and named after a notable defender of the county's path network. Published Oct 99

Oxford, the Downs and the Thames Valley, Nick Moon -  Two volumes that complement Chiltern Walks: Oxfordshire and complete coverage of the county, in association with the Oxford Fieldpaths Society. Thirty walks in each. Published June 02

Oxfordshire Walks: Oxford, the Cotswolds and the Cherwell Valley, Nick Moon. Published May 98

 

Walks Around Burford, Mark Richards -  This walking guide also presents a history of the Burford area. All the walks start from Burford itself and cover the surrounding countryside, taking in the villages of Fulbrook, Widford, Shilton, Signet, Holwell, and Westwell. Limited availability. Published Jan 95

Wysis Way, Offa's Dyke to the Thames Path, - Gerry Stewart - linking the Rivers Wye, Severn and Thames and two National Trails, Offa's Dyke Path and the Thames Path. From Monmouth the Wysis Way runs for 55 miles to the Isis, the infant River Thames, rising from the limestone high in the Cotswolds. Limited availability. Published Jan 98

THE WYSIS WAY

The Thames Path (National Trail Guides), David Sharp - Running for 180 miles (288 km) from the river's source in rural Gloucestershire to the Thames barrier, the Thames Path is England's newest National Trail and one of the most varied and accessible of the country's long-distance paths. The Countryside Agency's acorn waymarks lead the walker through tranquil water meadows, past the dreaming spires of Oxford and the pageantry of Windsor and Hampton Court, through the heart of the capital, to London's Docklands and beyond. This is the official guide to the Path and will be invaluable to the long-distance walker and weekend stroller alike.  Limited availability. Published February 07.

For more on The Thames Path and Thames Valley - see Berkshire Books

Walking Close to Witney in Oxfordshire, Clive Brown. Limited availability. Published June 10.

ISBN: 9781907669408 - Walking Close to Witney in Oxfordshire (No. 40)

Also:

Vale of the White Horse
The Thames Near Oxford

Walking Close to Banbury, Clive Brown, Limited availability. Published April 11.

 

Glyme Valley, Eight Circular Walks Between Woodstock, Wootton, Enstone, Chipping Norton and the Rollrights Stones - The eight circular walks described in this book explore the peaceful and little-known Glyme Valley from Woodstock upstream to Chipping Norton. The walks take in such features as the Rollright Stones, Ditchley Park and the Hoar Stone at Enstone, as well as some beautiful landscape and riverside scenery. Starting points for the walks include Woodstock, Wootton, Glympton, Kiddington, Enstone, Heythrop, Lidstone, Chadlington, Sarsden, Chipping Norton, Salford and Little Rollright. The walks in this book have been chosen to show just how much of our heritage can be seen in the landscape. The authors describe features including prehistoric tracks, Roman roads, medieval settlements and trading routes, eighteenth-century parkland, the process of enclosure, and modern developments. Wildlife can be found everywhere, sometimes in the least expected places, but often with a tale to tell about the past. The history of the landscape and the origins of its fauna and flora are outlined in the Introduction. Limited availability. Published Oct 04 Paws Under the Table, Helen Peacocke - 40 Dog-Friendly Pubs and Walks from Oxford to the Cotswolds. The perfect guide for a lover of good pubs or a dog owner. What better a way to spend a relaxing evening during the summer or day during the weekend than tramping around the beautiful Cotswold countryside to finish off at a comfortable, friendly pub with good food and beer! Recommended to anyone who wants a great day out in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Limited availability. Published April 09.

Paws Along the Way, Helen Peacocke - Another 35 Dog-Friendly Pubs and Walks in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. Limited availability. Published May 11.

The Ridgeway (British Walking Guide), Nick Hill - An 87-mile (139km) National Trail, the Ridgeway runs from Overton Hill near Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. Part of this route follows the oldest road in the country, dating back millennia. Taking 5-7 days, this is not a difficult walk and the rewards are many: wide views across rolling countryside, Iron Age forts, Neolithic burial mounds, white horses carved into the chalk downs and picturesque villages. Limited availability. Published Feb 09

For more on The Ridgeway - see Long Distance Book

MORE MAPS

Ridgeway XT40 Harvey Walkers Route.  Published May 08

A-Z Oxfordshire County Atlas. Published May 07

Philip's Street Atlas Oxfordshire. Published March 10

 

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