Length: 6.2 miles (Allow 3 hours)
Start & finish: Watlington Recreation Ground car park, Shirburn Road, Watlington OX49 5BZ. Grid ref: SU 691 948
Access Information: Moderate walking on unsurfaced paths and lanes with two long steep climbs. There is one stile
Food & drink: Pubs and café in Watlington (subject to Covid restrictions). None on the walk.
1.Leave the car park and turn left to follow the footpath along the B4009 Watlington Road (you can also cut across the recreation ground to meet the road at the far corner). After 300m you will see Station Road on your right.
Points of Interest
A Shirburn Hill is a beautiful area of chalk grassland, chalk heath, scrub and broadleaved woodland. The grassland is dotted with large bumps which are ant hills, many of them are over 100 years old and contain around 5,000 ants in each mound.
B Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve contains flower-rich chalk grassland, woodland and juniper scrub. There are huge numbers of butterfly, flower and bird species and fantastic views over the Oxford plain.
C The Ridgeway National Trail has been described as Britain’s oldest road and is part of a historic corridor thought to have connected the Dorset coast to the Wash.