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Watlington Hill to Russell's Water

  • Feb 8, 2014 · 10:15 AM
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Walk length 12 miles/19 km approx. Circular.

A stunning country walk across hills and woods between Watlington Hill and Russell's Water.

Walk Description

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

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  • danna

    had a lovely day and it was nice meeting ya'll. good intensive walk and didn't regret a minute for coming out:-)

    February 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely walk, so glad I ignored the forecast :)

    1 · February 12, 2014

  • Isabelle

    A nice walk with lovely sunshine ;)
    Thank you all for coming.

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Gary Scott W.

    Nice pics rob

    February 8, 2014

  • Denise D.

    A really interesting walk ...villages, woods, fields did I say hills? and lots of deer I really enjoyed it.

    2 · February 8, 2014

  • Stacey

    Sorry guys, I'm gonna pull out of tomorrow's walk as the weather just looks too intense...will be there on Sunday though when things have calmed down! Keep safe x

    February 7, 2014

    • Stacey

      Hey Gary, tomorrow's weather looks good so far, therefore it will probably be horrible lol..see you there in your new gear !

      1 · February 8, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      lol thanks stacey..trouser legs are a tad long.. cant combat that im afraid.. youll love the beenie hat ~:):):):)

      February 8, 2014

  • Blanca

    Sorry couldn't make it and unable to change RSVP :-(

    February 8, 2014

  • Gary Scott W.

    Guys looks like a great day so far. Shame I couldnt come. See you tomorrow. .regardless

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Never trust the met office, it's a gorgeous day! Wish I was going. :-(

    February 8, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      Yeah me too but had to buy waterproof gear

      February 8, 2014

  • Marjorie M.

    Just been told Cookham Bridge is closed - that was on my route so I shall give tomorrow a miss.

    February 7, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      Cookham was a tad overflowing last walk lol. Hope to see you soon

      February 7, 2014

  • Gary Scott W.

    Travelled 30 iles round trip to get some decent waterproof trousers and none in my size. So cancelling walk tomorrow ..will try other places

    February 7, 2014

    • Shakira

      Man up

      1 · February 7, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      Lmfao you try living in shitty luton. Its not easy getting to these places for the walks and now with whats happened I HAVE to get proper gear

      February 7, 2014

  • Gary Scott W.

    hate to scare the remainder of the people that have signed up ...but please check the link

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/458321/Weather-warning-Atlantic-storm-will-smash-into-Britain-and-devastate-southern-coasts

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The dreaded 4 letter 'C' word has struck, that's cold! :-(

    February 6, 2014

  • Stacey

    Some people have common sense to say no to this...stupidly I'm not one of them!

    February 6, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      Amen to that x might be the hardcore group again lol

      February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like it will be a washout!

    February 6, 2014

  • Gary Scott W.

    waiting for the numbers to fall... the R word has been mentioned lol

    February 6, 2014

    • Rob

      Bring it on :-)

      February 6, 2014

    • Gary Scott W.

      Swear it was 23 earlier lol

      February 6, 2014

  • Gary Scott W.

    Please no more r .....cliare can stop with the witch stuff now. At this rate we will need to book the arc

    February 6, 2014

  • RichardH

    Sorry Leon, Have to cancel due to an unforseen event.

    February 5, 2014

  • Gary Scott W.

    See you there

    January 26, 2014

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