New route offers next steps for exploring district

​​​​​​​Residents and visitors can enjoy discovering the south of the Cherwell district and boost their physical and mental wellbeing thanks to a new scenic walking route. 

Published: Thursday, 18th April 2024

Cherwell District Council and K5 Better Together have partnered to create the seven-mile circular route, which takes walkers through picturesque rural areas and past several historical landmarks in Begbroke and Yarnton.

Nicola Riley, Assistant Director of Wellbeing and Housing Services, said: “Since launching our explorer routes across Kidlington and the neighbouring villages, it has been brilliant to see so many people lacing up their walking shoes and taking the chance to see more of the hidden gems the south of the district has to offer.

“As a district, we have so many stunning landmarks that illuminate the fascinating history of people and events that have helped shape the story of Cherwell. Our explorer routes are a brilliant way of learning more about these whilst improving your physical and mental health.”

The new trail has been designed to complement the three existing five-mile-long explorer routes, water vole, kingfisher, and butterfly, which allow people to explore Kidlington and its surrounding villages. Keen walkers can start the Yarnton route at the canal bridge at the end of Yarnton Road and then continue on the path towards the Turnpike.

Pdfs of the routes, including starting points and key areas of interest and facts about local historical landmarks can be found at, Kidlington explorer routes.

The explorer routes were first introduced in Kidlington in the spring of 2022 and are the perfect addition to the family-friendly zoo trails that cover Kidlington and include child-friendly games painted on the ground, bug houses, scramble boulders and balancing logs.

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