Oxfordshire County Council guidance access to public rights of way and green space areas.
Cherwell Circular Walks and Historic Trails
Only walk the routes in your local area in accordance with current lockdown restrictions. There are shorter historic village trails which are mostly on local streets and describe interesting buildings and features. The circular walks (and some village trails) take you out into the countryside across farmland so walkers need to be prepared. Leaflets include detailed directions as well as some tips on preparation and things to remember. Please read through these before setting out on your walk.
The routes are usually checked annually but this is not happening currently because of the Covid restrictions. Please be vigilant when you walk and report any hazards or obstructions or missing signs to firstname.lastname@example.org We will notify Oxfordshire County Council which, as the highway authority, manages the public rights of way network in partnership with land managers, user groups and local councils.
Several of the walks take you through fields with livestock. Please follow the advice from the National Farmers Union about walking through livestock.
Particularly during the spring and summer months, paths and waymarks can be obscured by overgrown vegetation making it more difficult to follow the routes. Following the directions in the leaflets will help you find your way.
Historic Village Trails
- Horley (0.5 miles/0.8 km) – linear route on village streets
- Cropredy (1 mile/1.6 km) – on village streets
- Shutford (1 mile/1.6 km) – on village streets but steep in places
- Fringford (1.25 miles/2 km) – on village streets except for a short stretch
- Shenington and Alkerton (1.5 miles/2.4 km) – village streets and countryside including steep downhill and uphill sections
- Adderbury (1.8 miles/3 km) - on village streets except for a short stretch
- Sibfords Historic Village Trail (2 miles/3.4 km) – village streets and countryside including steep downhill and uphill sections
The following walks are longer and the Banbury Fringe and Cropredy Battlefield involve stretches of the canal towpath. Please be aware that this is very eroded in places resulting in potholes and the path being very narrow along certain sections (making social distancing harder). The Canal & River Trust have been notified.
The Adderbury, Horley and Deddington leaflets still require some updating. The route maps are accurate but some information (ie places to eat and drink) is out of date. Where this is the case, notes are included to give the most recent information.