Long Distance Paths
The following network of long distance paths cross the region. They are a great way to explore the area and make terrific short breaks and holidays. For organised trips see the holidays listed on Walking and Cycling.
1. Glyme Valley Way (15.7 miles / 25.2 kms)
A trail between Chipping Norton and Woodstock following the River Glyme as it passes many key historical sites including two Capability Brown parklands, deserted villages, a Roman road, water meadows, waterfalls, and a 12th century church.
2. Hanson Way (14.9 miles / 23.9 kms)
A cycle ride from Oxford to Didcot via Abingdon along a mix of canal paths, railway paths and quiet lanes.
3. Oxford Canal Walk (Oxfordshire) (35.5 miles / 57.1 kms)
The Oxford Canal Walk connects the cathedral cities of Oxford and Coventry using the continuous canal footpath. Sections of the trail can also be cycled. The waterway opened in 1790 as a commercial transport link between the industrial Black Country and the River Thames, from where goods could be moved further south to London and the coastal ports.
The Oxfordshire Way is a long distance footpath that crosses the county from the Cotswolds to the Chiltern Hills at Henley on Thames.
5. Ridgeway (Oxfordshire) (64.1 miles / 103.1 kms)
The Ridgeway National Trail stretches for 87 miles (139km) through ancient landscapes. Over rolling, open downland to the west of the River Thames, and through secluded valleys and woods in The Chilterns to the east, following the same route used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers.
6. Shakespeare's Way (Oxfordshire) (53.1 miles / 85.4 kms)
This long-distance path runs between Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare's Globe, London. Using existing footpaths, bridleways and a few minor roads, the path has been planned to follow, as closely as possible, a route that Shakespeare may have taken on some of his journeys back and forth between his home at Stratford-upon-Avon and the city where he spent most of his productive years.
7. Thames Path (Oxfordshire) (93.8 miles / 150.9 kms)
Follow the greatest river in England from its source in the Cotswolds almost to the sea. Passing through peaceful water meadows, unspoilt rural villages, historic towns and cities, and finally cutting through the heart of London to finish at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich.
8. Wychwood Way (36 miles / 57.9 kms)
As part of the Millenium celebrations the Wychwood Project took the opportunity to create and positively identify a circular trail, following existing waymarked rights of way, through the heart of the former Royal Forest. This is known as the Wychwood Way.