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Oxfordshire Way

The Oxfordshire Way winds through Oxfordshire from Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire to the banks of the River Thames in Henley. The route passes through a mosaic of contrasting landscapes and settlements including two areas of outstanding natural beauty; the pretty rolling Cotswold Hills and the Chilterns; plus some fascinating countryside in between.

Traversing the rolling limestone countryside of the Cotswold Hills, passing through Shipton-under-Wychwood, Charlbury and other villages before crossing Otmoor to Studley, north of Oxford the route then turns to Tetsworth and Pyrton, and crosses the open farmland and woods of the chalk hills of the Chilterns to reach the Thames.

The Oxfordshire Way, links the Heart of England Way with the Thames Path National Trail. The Way also connects to Blenheim Park, a World Heritage Site. The waymarked Thame Valley Walk (15 miles and on OS mapping) which starts near Aylesbury ends at Albury on the Oxfordshire Way provides connections with the North Bucks Way and the Aylesbury Ring.

The Oxfordshire Way guidebook writen by Nick Moon and published in 2019 by CPRE Oxfordshire can be purchased from our bookshop here.

Oxfordshire County Council have provided detailed walking maps to the route together with notes on points of interest along the way. There is also an accommodation list link. The link to download these pdf files is as follows;



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Start: Bourton-on-the-Water

Grid Ref: SP 167206

End: Henley on Thames

Grid Ref: SU 763826

Distance: 108km

Walking Time: 6 days

Counties Traversed

Explorer™ Maps
OL45; 180; 171

Oxfordshire Way Walking guidebook

Guidebook information or purchase