- This article is an itinerary.
The Oxfordshire Way is a signposted walking route, using existing rights of way, largely (as the name suggests) in the county of Oxfordshire. It runs in an arc to the north of Oxford, from Bourton-on-the-Water in the west to Henley-on-Thames in the southeast, connecting the Cotswolds and the Chilterns. It connects with the Heart of England Way at Bourton and the Thames Path at Henley. It is 68 miles long and is usually walked in 4 to 6 days from west to east (the direction in which it is described in the official Walker’s Guide).
Although relatively flat and unspectacular, the Way passes through some pretty villages and varied and attractive countryside. Landscapes include honey-coloured Cotswold villages, the fine parkland of Blenheim Palace, the Oxford Canal, quiet hamlets on the Oxford Plain and the chalk-and-flint woodlands of the Chilterns.
Accommodation is mainly in small villages and towns, where the choice may be limited—particularly between Islip and Watlington—so you are advised to book ahead. Oxfordshire is relatively flat, so fitness is not a major issue, but you should possess the necessary equipment (walking boots or shoes, waterproof clothing, maps, rucksack, etc.). Although the route is signposted, either the official Walker’s Guide, or the relevant OS maps (see below), are essential to avoid getting lost.
- Oxfordshire County Council. Downloadable maps and directions
- Walk the Landscape, ☎+44 1295 811003. Company offering accommodation booking and luggage transfers