Ridgeway

Walking

This group was re-formed in the spring of 2016 and the leader is Paul Latham.

Typically walks are between two and a half and four miles long and are generally undemanding. We try to avoid very steep hills and too many stiles and we often find ourselves in a Pub at some point.

There are many parts of our beautiful Oxfordshire countryside which can only be accessed on foot and we aim to enjoy as many as possible.

Next Planned Walks - Wednesday 9th November and Wednesday 7 December.
Again I have a number of walks available but will make a final decision in each case depending on the state of the footpaths, location and nature of livestock etc. The lengths will be between 3 and 4 miles, and can be varied on the day depending on the wishes of those that turn up, with limited hills and limited stiles. If numbers on the walks continue to grow we could consider doing walks, with more than 1 car involved so we are not restricted to circular walks.

Walk Report for Wednesday 12 October – Circular walk taking in part of the Shakespeare Way footpath and the site of Ascott Park, Stadhampton.

This was the first walk that had been scheduled for a Wednesday as the Committee had felt that if held on a Wednesday it would never clash with any other U3A activities. With hindsight it seemed a very good decision, it was the biggest group on a walk this year. Four of us, plus Freddy, set out from the Watlington Car Park picking another walker up in Chalgrove on the way to where we parked at Ascott Farm. The party comprised; Paul Latham, Sue Latham, Isobel Crawley, Annette Thompson and Angela Jacob. There were apologies from Pat Fewell and Janice Measures who had both wished to come but prevented at the last minute.

We started at Ascott Farm and headed West along Shakespeare Way for about a mile then we turned right across a small brook and headed eastwards along farm tracks, past Newel’s Pond to the Newell’s Farm Shop and Tea Rooms where we stopped for refreshments and admired some Alpacas, reindeer and goats. We then retraced our steps as far as Newell’s Pond and headed into the site of Ascott Park, a wonderful area steeped in history with some of the original outbuildings, Granary / Ice House and Dovecot still there to admire. Ascott Park is well worth a visit and there are a number of explanatory plaques to inform you of points of interest. You may well have travelled past the original gateposts, where there is no longer an entry, with the remains of an avenue of Lime Trees still standing, on the outskirts to Stadhampton.

It was a very pleasant day, dry and not too hot nor too cold. One comment from Angela, ‘I lost track of the number of stiles’. Sorry Angela but they were mostly quite steady and civilised!! The total distance was just over 2.5 miles and no hills!!

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