New Year's Day walk around the grounds of Blenheim Palace followed by lunch

For those looking to put some pep back into their step following the season's indulgences, we present our first ever scheduled arts group walk around the grounds of Blenheim Palace, taking advantage of the public footpaths offering free entrance to the beautifully landscaped gardens. We'll assemble in the car park of the Black Prince pub in Woodstock, and following the walk, suggestions are welcome for lunch or a drink in the village. I can recommend Woodstock Social Club on the main road for a cheap pint and VERY cheap lunch, but then I never could resist a £1 cheese and pickle roll in a posh gaff. Not that I'll be there anyway. For infinitely more sophisticated guidance, you'll be in the hands of event host and Jericho poet Christine Koutelieri.

There's a car park in Union Street. (If you're entering the village from Oxford, turn right into Hensington Road, then it's first on your left). There's also on-street parking slightly further along the Oxford Road (A44). From either of these places, carry on walking down the hill and the Black Prince Pub is on your right hand side.

Any queries, please use the comments box below and happy walking!

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  • Pedro

    Very well... but it was raining any time.

    January 1

  • christine koutelieri

    Good fun, invigorating in the wind and rain - not a bad way to start 2014, and nice company, only four of us made it. Pedro has photos to prove we were there!

    1 · January 1

  • christine koutelieri

    Ok Tina. Happy New Year !

    January 1

  • Tina

    Only just now going to bed (8am now) so don't wait for me, I might not make it...
    I hope to, but if not, have a great time!

    January 1

  • Pedro

    I would like to go to this walk but I dont'n know to go from Oxford in public transport or in my bike...

    December 26

    • Norman

      might be able to help you

      December 28

    • Pedro

      Thanks you very much Norman, you're very kind, but Christine Koutelieri is going to pick me up in Oxford tha day.

      December 28

  • christine koutelieri

    Hi, thanks, Neil. I did this walk last yr from the gate opposite the Black horse, and have other years. more directions below. Hope to see you some of you. 11 00. a.m

    December 26

  • Lorinda

    After working at Blenheim for a number of years.....Hensington gate will be closed, Woodstock gate will be manned, but all other gates you should be able to gain free access.

    December 26

    • Neil

      Thanks Lorinda, I think Christine is looking to gain access via the footpath opposite the Black Prince.

      December 26

  • Helen Lofthouse

    Is the time supposed to be 23.00?!

    2 · December 26

    • Neil

      Oh OK, we'll change it to 11:00 if you REALLY don't want to fall in the lake. :)

      2 · December 26

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