Circular walks in Cherwell

Banbury walking routes

Three new walking routes are coming to Banbury as part of the district council’s commitment to improving physical and mental wellbeing in the town.

Previously trialled in Bicester, through the Healthy New Town initiative, the marked routes are designed to help connect communities and encourage residents to walk or cycle for shorter journeys.

Through the spring and summer 0f 2021 the council has consulted community groups, public services and councillors to plan out the routes to be installed in Grimsbury and Ruscote, Bretch Hill and Neithrop.  They are now going to be installed over October and November 2021.  Banbury Town Council and Cherwell District Council will also be installing more benches around the routes.

The project in Banbury is being funded through the government’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund, which provides financial help to local authorities to reduce the spread of coronavirus and support local public health.

In Grimsbury, the 5K health walk connects St Leonard’s School and the Dashwood Academy to Moorfield Park. There is also a ‘cut through’ making a shorter walk if wanted.

A further two routes in Banbury form a figure-of-eight, running through Ruscote, Bretch Hill, and Neithrop. The northern 5K loop includes William Morris Primary School and Hill View Primary School. The southern 3K circuit connects Princess Diana Park with Stanbridge Park.

Both routes meet around Orchard Fields Community School and St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School, allowing families to choose which circuit to take or to join them up for a longer 6.5K walk.

The routes will be marked with a combination of marks on the ground and signs.  There will also be fun elements on the trails and opportunities for mini-workouts.

To see the route around Grimsbury go to this StoryMap

For Ruscote, Bretch Hill and Neithrop you can read more on this StoryMap