Buckland and The Thames Path

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Buckland lies in the Vale of the White Horse, in Oxfordshire. Local tourist information describes it as a picturesque, almost traffic-free small village, the unspoilt appearance of which results from its history as an estate village servicing the Old Manor House and the classical 18th Century Buckland House. The village is unusual in having two churches as well as a thriving school. The Lamb Inn in the village and The Trout at Tadpole Bridge on the Thames, both welcome walkers.

A visitor wrote (and I concur, because I did the same): 'we took a wrong turn as we approached The Lamb, which meant we drove through the village instead of around it. So glad we did because we might not have discovered its streets of exceptionally pretty Cotswold stone houses'.

The full walk is 15km. Tracks and paths across fields take you from the village to the Thames at Shifford Lock, from where you set off along 5km of the Thames Path to Rushey Lock. A path then leads you over the only hill on the walk back to Buckland. A shorter walk of 10km cuts out the first lock.

England - Central England - Oxfordshire - Thames Valley

Features

Birds, Church, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland
28/06/2016 - Ian McCarthy

Walked the route on a sunny day in June 2016. Wpt 8 tall cottage is being re-thatched. Wpt 10 path is open along riverside. Some care is needed. Wpt 12-17 Thames Footpath is getting very overgrown. Wpt 21-28 There are footpath signs at 21 & 28, but none in between. Very obvious path through crops between wpt 25 & 27.

20/05/2012 - andrew thomson

We walked part of this route today and between point 9 and 10 but closer to 10 the river has washed away the path and you have to find a way up through the trees to the field above then follow the river till you go into the next field.

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