Chilswell Valley circular walk

A walk exploring the hills, woods and villages to the south-west of Oxford.

The walk, which has two alternative Oxford start points, climbs the gentle hills overlooking Oxford's dreaming spires and passes through the steep Chilswell Valley, running alongside a miniature limestone gorge. Wildflowers, including the bee orchid and pyramidal orchid, may be seen in early summer.

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Details of walking route

4.5 or 5 miles (depending on start point)

Length on road/village lane (not on Public Rights of Way)

Roughly 50%

Public Transport For all transport information see the Traveline website.
Public amenities Car parking in Redbridge Park and Ride and at Hinksey Park in Oxford

There is a shop in the campsite by Redbridge Park and Ride and a cafe in the garden centre that the walk passes on its way back.  There are also shops along Abingdon Road in Oxford.

Disabled access No, there are a number of stiles and gates along the route

Download a map and points of interest

Our downloadable walk information contains easy-to-follow maps, comprehensive written directions and points of local historical interest. You can download it for free. You can also see the routes of the walk on our interactive countryside access map of the county.