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.

Tuesday 1st 2.00pm SP358196 3.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Spendlove car park, Charlbury. A New Year’s Day stroll around Cornbury Park, by kind permission of Lord Rotherwick. Dogs are not permitted in the park. Michael Payton 01865 862425

Saturday 5th 10.00am SU389993 5.5 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Longworth, the Parish Council notice board near the junction of High Street and Tucks Lane (signed ‘No through road to river’). Please park considerately in the village. We take a track from Longworth to join the Thames Path along the upper reaches of the river, returning via Duxford and Hinton Waldrist, enjoying open views for much of the route. Near the end of the walk we’ll pass Longworth Manor, and then stop to look inside St. Mary’s Church. The terrain is generally undemanding, and there are no stiles, but there could be slippery mud in places in which case walking poles could be useful. There is an attractive village pub at start/end of the walk. Bring refreshment for en-route break. Two sections of road walking on quiet country lanes. Assistance dogs only. Marsaleete 01865 761411/07835 863063

Wednesday 9th 10.00am SU343850 8.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Sparsholt Firs Car Park on the Ridgeway off the B4001. A circular walk on the Lambourn Downs, with broad vistas and wide open skies, returning via the Ridgeway. Bring refreshment for en-route break and a picnic if weather permits. Dogs on leads. Jim Parke 01865 730664/07927 939590

Sunday 13th 10.30am SP451061 4.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Farmoor reservoir car park, off the B4017, Car park £2 when you leave. A flat winter walk around the reservoir on tarmac surface. 360⁰ views. Maybe see Coots, Cormorants, Grebes & Tufted Ducks. Toilets. No stiles. Assistance dogs only. Janice Ure 01865 371985/07940 470861

Saturday 19th 10.00am SU739997 5.5 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Kingston Blount Village Hall car park off Bakers Place. A voluntary contribution to hall funds would be appreciated. A circular level walk along the base of the Chilterns through the spring line villages of Aston Rowant and Sydenham. Bring refreshment for en-route break. Assistance dogs only. Jenny Byrne 01865 762298 / 07460 381826

# Sunday 20th 10.00am SP509063 10.0 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Oxford Bus Station, George Street entrance. A walk to Summertown and Marston, the exact route will depend on whether or not there are floods. Bring refreshment for en-route break, picnic or pub lunch at Victoria Arms. Dogs on leads. Will use pavements in urban areas. David Godfrey 01865 514082

Saturday 26th 10.00am SP316153 4 or 8 miles Other coordinates
Meet at Leafield, by the school. Park considerately in the village. This walk is a figure of eight and can be shortened to 4 miles in adverse weather conditions. It uses several ancient tracks and crosses the site of an important Roman villa. We pass Shaken Oak Farm which may be familiar to lovers of mustard ! We also pass the site of a World War 2 dispersal airfield. Bring refreshment for en-route break. The Fox pub at Leafield is now open. Dogs on leads. Joe Coulson 07808 170418