Bampton is one of the oldest villages in England - there is archaeological evidence that a community has existed here since the Iron Age. The village stood in the centre of a large area of common land until about 1850, hence its previous name of Bampton-In-The-Bush. Today, it has many 17th and 18th Century houses, several pubs and an early 19th Century Italianate town hall.
From the meetup point in Bampton outside the church in Church View, the walk heads for the River Thames via RAF Bampton Castle, you won't see any airplanes here, but instead a series of transmitters, which are used for carrying out top secret work listening in on radio communications made all over the world (allegedly).
The River Thames is crossed at Old Man's Bridge, and the walk the follows the Thames Path along a particularly twisty part of the river as far as Rushey Lock, which is well-known for the topiary frog in the lock-keeper's garden.
The return to Bampton is made via Shillbrook Wood, one of 200 woods created around the country through the Woods on your Doorstep, to celebrate the millennium. More information on Bampton here
For lunch afterwords, one of the pubs in Bridge Street could be tried.
Walking World grading: Easy
Estimated walk end time: 1:15 - 1:30 PM
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