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Countryside information and advice

North Oxfordshire is situated at the heart of middle England and boasts a landscape of rolling countryside. There are two thriving market towns, Banbury and Bicester, picturesque villages and a wide range of places to visit, with events and activities for everyone to enjoy.

There are many ways to explore the countryside, some of which are listed below:     

Circular Walks

We publish a series of downloadable Circular Walks booklets for you to explore off the beaten track. A link to this page can be found on the left hand side.  If you prefer a more independent approach to exploring the local countryside we recommend you use an Ordnance Survey Explorer Map.

For free information on easy access routes all over the UK you can visit Walks with Buggies and Walks with Wheelchairs (registration required).


There are also four Circular Rides booklets (3 cycling, 1 cycling/equestrian) on quiet roads and bridleways. A link to this page can be found on the left.  Two routes of the National Cycle Network (5 & 51) come from Oxford through Banbury and Bicester.

Fishing, Golfing, Horse riding and rural accommodation

Information for these activities can be accessed through the Visit North Oxfordshire website.

The Oxford Canal

Winds its tranquil way along the Cherwell Valley all the way through North Oxfordshire.  For information on canal related walks and activities in the area, visit For a series of downloadable routes designed with accessibility in mind you can also visit Oxfordshire County Council's Countryside Services website.

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