Autumn 2018 (October – December)
Tuesday 13th November 2018
There are a few locations in this area where the noise and pressures of the modern day can, momentarily, be escaped. Places where the land exudes a stillness and timelessness – particularly around local standing stones and earthworks – that allow you to put the world into a bigger, slower, deeper perspective. Near to Banbury, Rainsborough Camp is one such place; and in the Autumn the walk and the views it gives are a tapestry of natural colour and texture.
Kings Sutton Station, Walton Grounds, Rainsborough Camp, Charlton, Kings Sutton – 9.9km/6⅙ miles, 140m/460ft, 2½ hours
Saturday 27th October 2018
Wychwood is one of the most spectacular Autumn walks in Oxfordshire. Unlike the Chilterns, Wychwood's varying geology & soils have a greater variety of trees and scrub – meaning many more colours. I missed it completely last year; this year I’ve been watching the countryside to find the best day to walk it. Rain is forecast, and there's cold and frost to come, so a heavy leaf fall is likely. It’s today or I might miss it again for another year.
Charlbury Station, Walcot, Chilson, Wychwood, Finstock, Fawler, Oxfordshire Way, Charlbury – 17km/10⅗ miles, 340m/1,115ft, 4¾ hours
Sunday 21st October 2018
I need a walk, but I’ve no motivation to go ‘anywhere’. Instead I go for ‘Dylanesque’ a walk to ’nowhere’: Pick a direction, go for as long as it looks like you should be going in that direction, and then turn. Walks like this can take you to come unexpected places; a chance to view some unexpected things. Even well-worn tracks can be interesting if the wind changes to some new direction.
Banbury, Oxford Canal, Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway, Wroxton, Bretch Hill – 17.7km/11 miles, 190m/625ft, 4⅓ hours