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Walking Close to Witney

Walking Close to Witney

by Clive Brown
One of a range of 'no frills' local walking guide booklets which admirably achieve their objective of getting you out in the countryside amongst beautiful scenery on carefully chosen routes full of interest. The directions are clear and precise and the pencil drawn sketch maps are particularly attractive as well as practical.

This guide describes ten varied and interesting circular walks close to the historic town of Witney, set in the valley of the River Windrush in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The walks are between 4 and 9 miles in length and allow you to thoroughly explore the delights of this medieval wool town and the delightful surrounding area.

The name Witney has immediate associations with blankets. The proximity of the wool growing Cotswolds, water power from the River Windrush and a good road to London encouraged the growth of the blanket industry. The Blanket Hall on Witney High Street was the headquarters of the Guild called the 'Blanket Weavers Company' formed in 1711.

The walk locations are:
North Leigh, Wilcote and Holly Grove - 5 miles
Charlbury and the Wychwood Forest - 9 miles
Brize Norton and Curbridge - 5.5 miles
South Leigh and Tar Wood - 5 miles
Northmoor, Standlake and Northmoor Lock - 9.25 miles
Mount Zion Bottom and Shilton - 8.25 miles
Finstock, Wilcote and Topples Wood - 4 miles
Asthall and Chalk Hill Cover - 4 miles
Combe, Stonesfield and the Roman Villa - 6 miles
Minster Lovell, the River Windrush and Minster Lovell Hall - 6.5 miles

ISBN 9781907669408 Pages 24 (2007 reprinted 2019) 148mm x 210mm

Price: 2.20