Walking guides

Walking Guides

Two local walking guides have been reprinted by the Wychwood Press after the County Council let them go out of print. The authors – Mary Webb, Alan Spicer and Allister Smith – have chosen the walks to show just how much of our heritage can be seen in the landscape. As well as prehistoric tracks, Roman roads, medieval settlements and trading routes, the guides identify eighteenth-century parkland, the process of enclosure and modern developments. Even local wildlife can have its own story to tell about the past.

Each walk has a map, and the books are profusely illustrated with line drawings by Louise Spicer.

Evenlode and Wychwood
includes seven circular walks mainly in and around the Evenlode valley between Ascott and Stonesfield, including the circular walk through the forest and a walk starting from Ramsden. It is the ideal walking guide for visitors to Charlbury. There are useful notes on the history, flora and fauna encountered on each walk.

The principal starting points include Charlbury, Spelsbury, Stonesfield, Finstock, Ramsden, Ascott-under-Wychwood and Chilson. Routes are between 3 and 8 miles, and can be linked to make longer walks, while short cuts are also shown on the specially drawn maps.

£7.99 paperback  80pp 

The Glyme Valley takes in eight circular walks that explore the peaceful and little-known valley of the Glyme 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 are between 3 and 8 miles, and the specially drawn maps indicate short cuts and how the routes may be linked to create longer walks.

£7.99 paperback  136pp