Watlington Hill – Christmas Common – Ridgeway Path – Ewelme Downs- Ewelme Park – Cookley Green – Dumble Dore – Watlington Hill

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Start Time: Sunday 11th October 2020. Meet at 09.45 am for 10.00 am start.

Start and Finish: Watlington Hill National Trust Car Park – postcode OX49 5HS. Car parking is free.  This  circular walk takes us around Christmas Common on generally easy, gently undulating paths, following sections of the Ridgeway and Swans Way footpaths.  Wide views across the Oxfordshire plain are spectacular, and we can see the towns of Watlington, Wallingford and the village of Benson. We pass through Ewelme Park and the hamlet of Cookley Green. Watlington is charming, with a good selection of coffee shops and pubs.

Difficulty: Moderate –  Either 6 or 10 miles. Cookley Green is a suitable mid-point with car parking for those walkers wishing to do a shorter walk.

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

Waypoints – Start: From the car park follow the FP descending Watlington Hill to GR696930 follow track Rd Xing to GR 694933. Follow Swan’s Way & Ridgeway FP to GR 666914. Follow Swan’s Way FP to GR 668898. Follow FP in direction of Ewelme Park at GR 674893.Follow FP to hamlet of Cookley Green GR 695902.Follow FP past Coates Farm GR 694909 continue on the FP and Rd Xing to GR 692922. Follow FP to Dumble Dore GR 698926. Follow road to GR 696930 and retrace FP back to car park ascending Watlington Hill. Finish

Getting there from Aylesbury – (Approx. 18.1 miles): Follow the A413 from town centre via Stoke Mandeville, onto Little Kimble. Follow B4009 via Chinnor, Lewknor to Watlington. In the centre of Watlington take the Hill Road in the direction of Christmas Common. The car park is on the right hand side before reaching the crest some 1.5 miles from Watlington.

 Getting There from Oxford : (Approx. 17.3 miles):  Follow the A40 then M40 South to Junction 6 and then follow the B4009 in direction of Lewknor and onto Watlington. In the centre of Watlington take the Hill Road in the direction of Christmas Common. The car park is on the right hand side before reaching the crest some 1.5 miles from Watlington.

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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.)