New walks leaders needed

The task of leading walks for OFS is falling on an ever decreasing number of members. For each six month period there are 26 weekends so if there is to be a walk at the weekend as well as one midweek then more leaders are needed so that 50 walks can be offered, it is not fair to ask a small number of leaders to be leading a walk every month in order for there to be a full programme. If you feel that you could lead a walk or would like help to reccy and then lead one please contact Liz Adams: or 01865 726031 for details and a leader pack of information.

Wednesday 3rd 10.00am SP356378 6.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Sibford Gower, Holy Trinity Church, Main Street. A walk from the beautiful ironstone village of Sibford Gower along the d’Arcy Dalton Way to Epwell with its interesting church. From there we pick up the Macmillan Way, and then an old greenway, before circling back over fields to our start. Bring refreshment for an en-route break and a picnic stop. One short section on a busy minor road, and crossing a minor road twice. Assistance dogs only. Marsaleete

# Saturday 6th 10.00am SU398873 8.7 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Wantage, Manor Road Memorial Car Park, Manor Road (free). A walk from the book ‘Milestones to Millstones’ by Elaine Steane, with many interesting features. From Manor Road, Wantage we pass the Market Square, King Alfred’s statue and Wessex Flour Mill, a working roller mill, then walk to the spring-line villages of Letcombe Regis and Letcombe Bassett and climb to the Ridgeway, returning via Letcombe Regis. This is a joint walk with the Ramblers. Picnic or café stop at Courthill Centre on Ridgeway around lunch time. Some walking in Wantage with crossings, and on minor roads with fast traffic, with a short stretch on A338. Assistance dogs only. Buses from Oxford, Abingdon, Didcot and Letcombe Regis. Please let leader know if arriving by bus, and we can meet you in the Market Square soon after 10 am. Siobhan

Wednesday 10th 10.00am SP497148 5.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Kidlington, St.Mary’s car park behind the church. A walk from Kidlington to Thrupp, Hampton Poyle through fields and along the Oxford Canal towpath. Bring refreshment for an en-route break. Assistance dogs only. Steve and Maggie Wallace

Saturday 13th 9.30am (Note Time) SP493344 8.4 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Nell Bridge Layby on the B 4100, west of Nell Bridge Lock, for car shuttle to Chacombe. To continue the linear Seven Shires Way County Boundary joint walk with the Ramblers. Assistance dogs only. Car share possible from Water Eaton P&R at 8.30am but please ring leader in advance if this is required. Bring a picnic, optional pub at the end. Elaine Steane

Sunday 14th 10.00am SU578940 4.75 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Dorchester on Thames, Bridge End car park. A circular walk on field and woodland paths and a stretch of the Thames Path, including a steep descent from Wittenham Clumps. Bring refreshment for en-route break. Several lunch options in Dorchester at the end of the walk. Assistance dogs only. Brian Dobson

# Thursday 18th 10.00am SP525045 7.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet in Oxford, Donnington Bridge Meadow Lane car park. A circular walk through South Hinksey, Chiswell Copse, Wyevale Garden Centre and Abingdon Road. En-route break at garden centre. Dogs on leads. Stephen Warren

Saturday 20th 10.00am SU744997 8.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Crowell church car park. A walk in the Chilterns passing the old chalk quarries, Crowell Wood, Colliers Lane, down Aston Hill returning to Crowell via the Ridgeway. One steep incline thereafter a level walk with possibly wonderful Autumn colours ? Bring refreshment for en-route break and a picnic. Assistance dogs only. Footpath alongside busy A40. Jenny Byrne

# Sunday 21st 10.00am SP495098 5.5 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Port Meadow (Wolvercote Bathing Place) car park for transfer into minimum number of cars to park in Wytham village. No 6 bus from Oxford City at its terminus in Wolvercote, then a short walk through the village to the car park. A circuit of Wytham Woods starting with a steep climb from Wytham village to the woods car park (alternative meeting place at 10.30 – please let walk leader know). Once the chalet is passed by on the main track, the walk follows the outskirts of the woods with views over the Thames Valley until turning again to meet the main track for the descent to the village. Probability of mud !! Bring refreshment for en-route break at the woods car park, picnic lunch at the same place on return. Option for lunch at the White Hart, Wytham. Assistance dogs only. Judith Secker

Wednesday 24th 10.00am SP352150 7.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Ramsden Tennis Club car park on Akeman Street OX7 3AY. A figure of eight walk to Leafield then taking us through Singe Wood onto Wilcote before returning through Ramsden. Crosses the B 4022 twice. Bring refreshment for an en-route break and picnic. Dogs on leads. Ian Vandenberghe

Saturday 27th 10.00am SU566797 6.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Aldworth, outside the Bell Pub. Park considerately in the village. A circular walk up to and along the Ridgeway with good views. Bring refreshment for en-route break, pub at end. Dogs on leads. Marion Hanbury-Brown

Sunday 28th 10.00am (NB Clocks go back) SU709935 8.75 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Christmas Common off Hill Road, 2 miles east of Watlington. National Trust car park (free). A generally undemanding route from Christopher Somerville, but with a few short, steep sections as we follow the Oxfordshire and Chiltern Ways, the Ridgeway, and an ancient packhorse route. Short section of walking along busy minor road at the beginning and end of the walk, and crossing another busy road twice. Bring refreshment for an en-route break and a picnic lunch. Assistance dogs only. Marsaleete