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: e.adams745@btinternet.com or 01865 726031 for details and a leader pack of information.





Saturday 2nd 10.00am SU635629 6.5 miles Other coordinates
Meet at the car park at Silchester (fee payable). A circular walk across Silchester Common, through Pember Forest, past Latchmere Green to the medieval moat and fish ponds of Clappers Farm and returning past the Roman walls of Calleva Atrebatum. Time at the end to explore Roman remains if desired. Bring refreshment for en-route break and a picnic. Crossing minor roads only. Assistance dogs only. If car sharing essential to contact the leader in advance by the Wednesday prior to the walk. Liz Adams 01865 726031/07855 170592

Tuesday 5th 10.00am SP644017 4/5.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at St. Peter’s Church Great Haseley, parking at the church, please park considerately. A circular walk over tracks and fields from the village of Great Haseley that dates back to the Domesday Book. Assistance dogs only. Brian and Julia Dobson 01865 873038/07837 717492

Saturday 9th 10.00am SP858040 6.5 miles Other coordinates
Meet in the village of Little Hampden in the car park/layby opposite red brick houses (formerly the Rising Sun Pub). An undulating walk through well-wooded Chiltern landscape, visiting two interesting churches (if open). Bring refreshment for en-route break. Crosses minor rural roads. Assistance dogs only. Marsaleete Anderson 01865 761411 / 07835 863063

Wednesday 13th 6.45pm SP534065 4.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at London Road at the top of Headington Hill, opposite Pullens Lane. A circular walk looking at milestones and boundary stones in Oxford – one of the best collections in the country, according to the Milestone Society, whose shortened walk this is. Starts at the top of Headington Hill, descends Cuckoo Lane, through peaceful Mesopotamia, then along city centre streets. Best stones at beginning of walk for those who don’t wish to return up Headington Hill (although through lovely park!). Bring refreshment for short en-route break. Assistance dogs only. Marsaleete Anderson 01865 761411 / 07835 863063

# Saturday 16th 10.15am SP597058 9.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet in the Church Road car park in Wheatley. Arriva Bus No. 280 and Brookes Bus U1. Let walk leader know in advance if you are coming by bus. Park considerately in the village, please do not park in Church Road car park itself as there is a 4-hour limit which is too short a time for the walk. This is a circular walk to be found in Elaine Steane’s book, ‘Milestones to Millstones’ via Cuddesdon, Denton, Garsington and Horspath. A joint walk with the Oxford City Ramblers Group. We pass Cuddesdon Watermill and climb to Wheatley Windmill, with fine views of the Chilterns and Wittenham Clumps. Short stretches on minor roads. Bring refreshment for en-route break and a picnic. Assistance dogs only. Siobhan 01865 510796/07845 401839

# Wednesday 20th 7.00pm SP512101 4.5 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Cutteslowe Community centre. Car parking available in Wren Road and adjacent streets after 6.30 pm. An evening circular walk around Sunnymead Nature Reserve, through Cutteslowe Park to Sparsey Bridge, returning via Water Eaton Manor. Coffee stop en-route. Short pavement section along A4165. Use Bus services 2,7,S4,S5, stopping on Banbury Road, then walk down Carlton Road and Wolsey Road. Assistance dogs only. Sue Crisp 01865 553800/07711 564311

Saturday 23rd 10.00am SP508243 7.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at the layby at Caulcott on the Lower Heyford to Middleton Stoney Road. A circular walk to Northbrook , the Heyfords and the Oxford Canal. Bring refreshment for en-route break and a picnic. Crossing two major roads. Assistance dogs only. Michael Payton 01865 862425/07799 001899

Sunday 24th 10.00am SU744997 8.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Crowell Church car park. A hilly walk in the Chilterns passing the old chalk quarries, Crowell Wood, Colliers Lane, down Aston Hill returning to Crowell via the Ridgeway. Bring refreshment for en-route break and a picnic. Footpath along side busy A40. Assistance dogs only. Jenny Byrne 01865 762298/07460 381826

Wednesday 27th 10.00am SU231976 4.5 miles Other coordinates
Meet at the National Trust car park (free) at Buscot, signposted Buscot Weir. An easy walk along the Thames Path to Lechlade returning via St.Lawrence’s Church (inspired P B Shelley) across fields and rejoining the Thames Path. Bring refreshment for en-route break. Assistance dogs only. Lesley Fraser 01367 718791

Saturday 30th 10.00am SP280180 8.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at the church in Shipton-under-Wychwood. Park considerately in the village. A circular walk, including a short visit to the Grade II listed heritage garden, formerly part of Shipton Court, now a Community Wild Garden. Then on to Milton-under-Wychwood and to Fifield, Idbury, and the d’Arcy Dalton Way to Bruern, returning via the Oxfordshire Way. Bring refreshment for en-route break and a picnic. Assistance dogs only. Crossing 1 major road and some minor roads. Eme Pilgrim 01865 510900/07419 786534