Waterperry – Beckley

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Start Time: Sunday 12th August 2018. Meet at 09.45 am for 10.00 am start. Please note that we meet at the end of the walk at the Abingdon Arms PH in Beckley postcode OX3 9UU in order to transfer to the start.

Start: having transferred by car from Beckley, we start the walk from the car park at Waterperry House (postcode OX33 1JZ). Parking is free. The walk is linear from Waterperry to Beckley, so for this walk 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 rural walk that passes through shady lanes and open farmland with big skies and far-reaching views over the glorious Oxfordshire countryside.

Difficulty: Moderate – 8 miles. We pass over uneven farmland, and there is a fairly steep hill at the end. As the walk does not pass through any villages or obvious places for leaving a car and shortening the distance, unfortunately it will not be possible to offer a shorter walk this month.

Leader: Chantal Bryant M: 07710 721136 E: chantal.bryant@btinternet.com.

Waypoints: Start – from the car park at Waterperry House we walk through to the edge of the village, and from there we pass along a shady lane into open fields and woodland. We then wend our way through the Oxfordshire countryside, via Townsend Farm, Park Farm, Drunken Corner, Danesbrook Farm and Horton Farm, skirting the edge of Studley Wood Golf Course. We continue up the hill past Middle and Upper Park Farms to the village of Beckley –  Finish.

Getting there from Aylesbury – (Approx 20 miles): From Aylesbury follow A418 to Junction 8A on the M40, and then the A40 and the B4027 Wheatley Road through Forest Hill and Stanton St John. After Stanton St John take the second right turn into New Inn Road.  After about half a mile turn right past the church into Beckley, and the Abingdon Arms can be found in the village High Street.

 Getting There from Oxford : (Approx 8 miles): From Oxford head out on the London Road to the Headington Roundabout. Go straight across the roundabout & take the Bayswater Road out past Oxford crematorium. At the next junction turn left on to the B4027 and first right into New Inn Road. After about half a mile turn right past the church into Beckley, and the Abingdon Arms can be found in the village High Street.

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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.)