From the attractive and historical large village of Charlbury, this walk takes country lanes, bridleways and footpaths in the most beautiful of surrounds imaginable, to visit Finstock.
The route circles the Cornbury Estate, on part of The Oxfordshire Way, and on the edge of Wychwood Forest for some distance, returning to Charlbury via the wonderful Cornbury Park.
The woodland path through part of the Wychwood Forest is magical, with mature trees that give refuge to different bird species. Listen for the tap, tap of the woodpecker. Cornbury Park is gorgeous and spectacular with its wonderful array of majestic trees and the marvellous sight of the deer herd that roams freely. All too soon Charlbury is in view again, but there is much to tempt the visitor to stay longer, with the appeal of attractive Cotswold buildings, including several old pubs and inns inviting the weary traveller to rest awhile.
NOTE: RSVP's open at 6pm on 6th April.
We meet in the free Car Park that resides behind the Co-Op store in Charlbury.
The area is better andshown in this Map Link (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=213360911161723457176.0004851370bb17dd52fac&msa=0&ll=51.873951,-1.481325&spn=0.002454,0.005681&iwloc=0004b58d274787ca42ae2)
We start the walk at 10AM sharp. (Please ensure you're at the start point at least 10 mins beforehand).
Walking grading: Moderate (70m height gain).
Dog friendliness: unknown, quite a bit of road, some woodland and open countryside.
Estimated walk end time: 1:15 - 1:30 PM
For lunch afterwards, we will visiting a local pub, possibly The Plough (http://theplough-inn.co.uk/) in nearby Finstock (tbc).
If you would like to go to lunch, please post a request for a place at lunch below --------v.
If I don't see a request I will assume "No" for lunch. I will confirm list of attendees once I've booked with the pub....please check your on it!
We like to reduce the impact on the areas we visit and its sometimes difficult to find places with adequate parking, so we encourage lift shares with our regular drivers.
If you need a lift, please post below indicating that you'd like a lift and from which general part of Oxford and surrounding villages you would like to get picked up. There is sometimes a better chance of being picked up from one of the Park & Rides as people use the ring road en-route. There are some guidance notes on our message boards here (http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Social-Walkers/messages/boards/thread/32009572).
Please ask for a lift ASAP even if your on the waiting list when you do so as the list is constantly changing.
We would welcome a donation of around £1 towards ongoing overhead costs associated with the Meetup service and ancillary costs.
The number of the OSW group's mobile is 07772551496 for notification of delay or cancellation, or help with directions if lost. Details on use can be found on our message board. (http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Social-Walkers/messages/boards/thread/9054076)
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 (http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Social-Walkers/messages/boards/thread/8819784) thread in the forum as well as the NO SHOW POLICY (http://www.meetup.com/Oxford-Social-Walkers/messages/boards/thread/40755012).