Joint Evening Walk - Marsh Baldon - 4 miles

Evening Walks

This is a joint walk run together with the WOW group and is open to members of both groups.

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF BOTH GROUPS ONLY SIGN UP ON ONE OF THE SITES TO INDICATE YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE.

Walk Background

This short walk links the villages of Toot Baldon, Marsh Baldon and Nuneham Coutenay, the first two being ancient settlements with Nuneham being a mere stripling, having been relocated by the first Earl Harcourt in the 18th century.

The village green at Marsh Baldon is about 24 acres and probably owes its survival to the winter flooding of the stream that runs across the middle. It was once ringed by no fewer than 14 ponds, but nowadays only 2 or 3 survive, with the school pond being noted for an unusual visiter in the summer of 1960 in the shape of a Rednecked Phalarope (only 6 of these rare waders have ever been seen in the county).

The unfenced road across the green runs through the outfield of the cricket pitch, and there can't be many pitches where incoming batsmen have to 'stop, look and listen' on their way to the crease.

This walk visits lanes and paths between all 3 villages, crosses the busy A4074 at two points in Nuneham Courtenay, navigates a few fields and also passes through the very pretty churchyard at Toot Baldon.

Start Point

We meet in the car park of The Seven Stars, Marsh Baldon (as shown in the place link above).

We start the walk at 7PM sharp. (Please try to ensure you're at the start point at least 5 mins beforehand).

Level of difficulty: Easy

Dog friendliness: mainly on lead or under control (fair bit of road sections on country lanes)

Estimated walk end time: 8:45PM

Drinks After Walk

Afterwards, we will visiting The Seven Stars for a drink, if enough people want to, but it's not obligatory.

Donations

These evening walks are free although we would welcome a small(ish) donation, which goes towards ongoing overhead costs associated with the Meetup service and ancillary costs, or/and you could buy the walk leader a drink too. 

Contact Number

My mobile number is [masked] for notification of delay or cancellation, or help with directions if lost.

New Members

For new members, please make sure you are prepared with well fitting boots and suitable clothing for weather conditions and are ready for the length of walk involved. Please acquaint yourselves with the Walkers Guide thread in the forum as well as the NO SHOW POLICY.

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  • Nick R

    Beth - a good one - thanks

    June 12

  • Lyndon

    very excellent, thanks Beth

    June 12

  • John M.

    Sorry that you had to knock the Thrupp walk on the head Beth. I'll sign up for this provisionally but will have to see when the last bus from Nuneham Courtenay is, back to Reading.

    June 4

    • Nick R

      Johnif you need a lift back I can helpas I kive near Reading. Poss on the way up to

      June 10

    • John M.

      Oops, sorry Nick! Didn't get to read this until AFTER the event! I had it sorted, with the X39 or X40 bus. Thanks anyway though! :-)

      June 11

  • John M.

    Thanks Beth, great to catch up with some of the 'WOW' & 'OSW' peeps. I like these midweek evening things. :-)

    June 11

  • Jane

    A really beautiful evening walk- many thanks to Beth!

    1 · June 11

  • Vivian

    Morning all, I'm sorry but I can't make this evenings walk :-(( something has come up with my daughter. I was looking forward to meeting you all. Ill keep an eye open and hopefully hook up next time

    June 11

  • Vivian

    Hi all, new to your walking group, looking forward to walking with you on Wednesday.

    June 9

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