Beckley – Noke – Islip – Weston-on-the-Green – Kirtlington

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Start Time: Sunday 9th September 2018. Meet at 09.45 am for 10.00 am start. Please note that we meet at the end of the walk at the Village Hall, Kirtlington postcode OX5 3HJ in order to transfer to the start.

Start: having transferred by car from Kirtlington, we start the walk outside the Abingdon Arms PH in Beckley (postcode OX3 9UU). Parking in the street is free (please do not park in the Pub car park). The walk is linear from Beckley to Kirtlington, so we will all meet at the end point and transfer to the start in a few of the cars, leaving at least one to enable the drivers to be ferried back to the start. This is a delightful walk that passes through historic villages and open countryside with some wonderful views.

Difficulty: Moderate – 9.5 miles. Paths are in moderate condition, firm underfoot and with very few nettles or difficult undergrowth. On several occasions we have to yomp across freshly prepared fields where the path has been erased by ploughing – but surface is not difficult.  A shorter walk option is available, finishing at Weston on the Green (circa 6.8 miles). Those wishing to take the shorter option should initially meet at the start point (Kirtlington) and then arrange to move a car  to the Chequers PH at Weston-on-the-Green, postcode OX25 3QH – where there is a large car park through which the walk actually passes. For any further information please contact Walk Leader.

Leader: Tony Carter – T: 07801 257705, E: tcarter@tony-carter.net.

Waypoints: Start – Abingdon Arms at Beckley – Village Church in Noke – Swan Inn, Islip – Railway footbridge between Islip and Weston – roundabout / road bridge traversing the A34 – The Chequers PH, Weston-on-the-Green – Kirtlington (Village Hall) –  Finish.

Getting there from Aylesbury – (Approx 23 miles): From Aylesbury head west following A41 towards Bicester. After approx. 17 miles, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Oxford Rd/A41. After 0.3 miles – turn left onto Wendlebury Rd. After 0.5 miles – turn right. After 0.8 miles – turn left onto Green Ln.  After 1.9 miles – continue straight onto Akeman St.  After 1.9 miles – turn left onto Heyford Rd/A4095. After 0.5 miles – shortly after passing Primary School, and almost opposite the Dashwood Arms slight left onto South Green. Continue to find car park at back of Village Hall.

 Getting There from Oxford : (Approx 12 miles): From Oxford head out north on A34. Take the B4027 exit toward Bletchingdon/Islip/Heathfield. After 0.2 miles – turn right onto Islip Rd/B4027. Continue to follow B4027 and after 1.7 miles – turn right onto Springwell Hill. After 0.7 miles – continue onto Bletchingdon Rd. After 0.4 miles – turn right onto Oxford Rd/A4095. Continue to follow A4095, and shortly after passing Oxford Arms turn right into South Green and continue to car park at rear of Village Hall.

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Ridgeway and Vale Expeditions Walkers’ Code

  • Walks will normally take place on the second Sunday in the month. In some months, where there is an overriding event, the day may be changed.
  • It helps the Organiser to know who is intending to turn up. Please make contact beforehand. 
  • Grades of Walk are – Leisurely,   Moderate,   and Strenuous. If you are new to the group and to walking, start with a walk graded “Leisurely”, and build up. 
  • Walkers are reminded that they attend walks at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. Make sure you bring the appropriate gear for the conditions and adequate food and drink. Also make sure you have your medication and blood sugar meter handy. Especially on long walks, carry emergency provisions. 
  • A First Aid kit and additional glucose will be carried by an experienced member of the group. Please check your blood sugar at intervals on a walk.
  • Follow the Country Code. Respect, protect and enjoy the countryside. Take home your rubbish and bury any human waste. 
  • Walks Leaders are responsible for keeping the group together and path finding. Please do not go ahead of the Leader. Always inform the Leader or back marker if you wish to leave the walk, however briefly. Always inform the Leader if you are feeling hypoglaecemic or if you believe another member of the group’s blood sugar is low. 
  • On public roads, take great care to walk in single file, facing oncoming traffic unless advised to do otherwise by the Leader.
  • Dogs will be allowed on walks at the discretion of the Leader. Please keep them on leads when there is stock about or on roads.
  • Remove or cover up muddy boots when entering a pub or tearoom. Do not consume your own food or drink on the premises, including the garden without permission. (If you enter a pub to use the toilet, buy a drink.)