Faringdon circular walks

Information about two circular walks around the gateway to the Cotswolds.

Walk information

Faringdon sits in the far south-west corner of Oxfordshire and gives a promise of what is to come if you were to venture further into the heart of the Cotswolds. The town is located just off the A420 with good links between Oxford and Swindon and with easy access to the M4 junction 15.

The circular walks explore hills, dales and National Trust woodland.

On Route 1, the 13th century tithe barn at Great Coxwell is a testament to its builders and shows the impressiveness of Gothic carpentry. It was often frequented by William Morris, the great Victorian textile designer, artist, writer and poet. He described the barn as "the finest piece of architecture in England".

Route 2 visits the last folly to be built in England, which is surrounded by scarlet blankets of poppy fields in early June.


Route 1 - 7 miles;  Route 2 - 3 miles

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

Route 1 - 19%;  Route 2 - 29%

Public Transport For transport information use Traveline
Public amenities Car parking and public convenience in Southampton Street
Refreshments In Faringdon, a number of public houses, hotels and shops
Disabled access No, there are a number of stiles and gates along the route

Download a map and points of interest

The downloadable information includes easy to follow maps, comprehensively written directions and points of local historical interest. You can also see the routes of the walks on our interactive countryside access map of the county.

If you cannot or have trouble printing these documents, please contact us and we can print them out and send them to you.

Buy Ordnance Survey map for walk