Walk length 12 miles/19 km approx. Circular.
A stunning country walk across hills and woods between Watlington Hill and Russell's Water.
The walk starts from the National Trust car park near Watlington Hill and Christmas Common that offers superb views over to Watlington and the Oxfordshire Vale.
Christmas Common is a small hamlet, its name is of uncertain origin but it has been described as referring to either a Christmas Day truce in 1643 during the English Civil War or the local holly tree coppices.
The duck pond at the hamlet of Russell’s Water featured in the 1968 film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.'
The walk uses parts of a number of significant national trails including the Oxfordshire Way and the ancient Icknield Way.
Lunch and Finish
Please bring a snack lunch and water for the walk. The walk should finish at about 4.00pm and include a 30 min snack lunch stop and pub at the end, however the time may be earlier or later than this depending on the weather and pace (we have a relaxed pace which includes sightseeing and photography).
Transport and meeting
Meet at the National Trust Car Park near Christmas Common (see map below) for 10.15am for the walk to start at 10.30am.
By car: Signposted off Hill Road, between Watlington and Christmas Common. nearest postcode is OX49 5HS.
There is no train service for this walk; I would encourage you to seek other members who are driving.
Please make a note of the organizers numbers - Leon 07950125826.
RSVP: The organizers monitor non-attendance; we will ban anyone who 'no shows' twice for our events. You are also asked to please update your RSVP at least 24 hours beforehand.
Please see our RSVP policy
Weather: Updates will be posted; see also BBC Weather Please see our weather policy
Dog Policy: As a group we allow and enjoy dogs on our walks however we do ask dog owners to read our dog policy
Walking Safety: Walking is a great way to keep fit and generally very safe; however it does contain an element of risk. Before going on any of these walks you need to be reasonably fit and be prepared to be responsible for your own safety. You must wear appropriate clothing such as proper walking boots, warm and wet weather clothing and carry sufficient food and water. Please see our Terms and Conditions