Kingham to Charlbury walk

The Oxfordshire Way, the river Evenlode, gentle rolling hills, woods and fields that were the inspiration for Tolkien’s Hobbitshire, and 2 Cotswold villages

Length 17.6km (11.0m)
Toughness 2/10 virtually flat
Maps Explorer OL 45 and 180

This Cotswolds walk mostly (but not exclusively) follows the Oxfordshire Way (OW) from Kingham to Charlbury and never strays far from the river Evenlode passing through a dreamy countryside of gentle rolling hills, woods and fields that were the inspiration for Tolkien’s Hobbitshire. It goes through two attractive Cotswolds villages, Shipton under Wychwood and Ascott under Wychwood which have the beautiful stone cottages in the traditional Cotswold’s style.

The OW is a bridleway and the pre-lunch section is well-used by horse riders that can make the going in some places very muddy after rain. Even during a period of dry weather parts of the morning route will be rutted. After lunch the going is much better. The walk is best done and appreciated after a period of dry weather from late April through the summer. The walk is stile-free; access to fields and woods is through kissing gates or farm gates.

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234



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