Farmoor Reservoir & River Thames Path Circular

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A circular walk on generally easy, gently undulating farmland covering the villages of Cumnor and Appleton.  Good views across to the spires of Oxford City. A two-mile section of the Thames River Path concludes with a circuit of Farmoor  Reservoir, the largest open water in Oxfordshire. Excellent opportunity for bird watching.

Start Time: Sunday 13th August 2017 – 09.45 for 10.00hrs

Start and Finish: Parking at Farmoor Reservoir, Cumnor Road, Oxford OX2 9NS – Grid Reference 452061.

Parking costs £2.00 & there are toilets on both sides of the reservoir.

Difficulty: Moderate. Either 4.5  or 8.5  miles : The village of Appleton is a suitable mid point with car parking for those walkers wishing to do a shorter walk. The Plough Inn is a good meeting point Postcode OX13 5JR, Grid Reference 444015.

Leader: Seamus Ryan – mobile no. 07785 508804, email


Start : From the car park follow the road in direction of Cumnor to stile GR 453057. Follow FP to GR 461056. Follow FP to village of Cumnor stile GR 461041 – Stile GR465036 – FP to Jn GR 472028. Road crossing GR 462018 to next road crossing at GR 460017. Pass Greyhound PH stile Bessels Leigh GR 457019. Follow FP towards Appleton GR 444015 mid point. Follow FP to Northmoor Lock GR 430019. Follow River Thames path right bank, past Bablock Hythe GR 434042 and continue until meeting Farmoor Reservoir GR 44005. Follow Reservoir bank FP to mid point of reservoir GR 44064. Follow central Reservoir FP past sailing club and return to car park. Finish

Getting there from Aylesbury – (Approximately 33.6 miles) Follow the A41 (T) to Bicester then the A34 around Oxford to Botley Interchange with A420 (T). Take A420 in the direction of Swindon and after 0.5 miles take slip road off. At T-junction turn right on to B4044 towards Farmoor. Drive for 1 mile, and on edge of Farmoor turn left on to the B4017. Car park is 0.5 miles along on right.

 Getting There from Oxford : (Approximately 7.1 miles) Follow A420 (T) Botley Road out across the A34.after 0.5 miles take slip road off. At T-junction turn right on to B4044 towards Farmoor. Drive for 1 mile, and on edge of Farmoor turn left on to the B4017. Car park is 0.5 miles along on right.

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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.)