Christmas Common - Cowleaze Wood - Christmas Common

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Christmas Common - Wormsley Park -Cowleaze Wood - Christmas Common

A lovely walk through unspoilt countryside which, apart from a steep climb at the very end, is largely undemanding. It starts from Watlington Hill, which is noted for its grasses and wildflowers and affords fine views over the surrounding countryside. Birdwatchers will enjoy regular sightings of the red kite between Waymarks 10 and 12 and walkers will find some interesting conversation pieces in the 'sculptures' in Cowleaze Wood. For the more energetic, the walk can easily be linked with Walk 66 since they both have the same start point. But be warned, there are no 'watering-holes' en route, so pack some refreshments and call in at the Fox & Hounds public house in Christmas Common at the end of the walk.

England - Central England - Oxfordshire - Chilterns


Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Wildlife
09/09/2020 - Neil Packham

Starting from the Cowleaze Wood car park at WM15 is a good alternative option for this walk; there’s plenty of parking and it removes the need to walk the road section between WM1-2 twice (saving about half a mile for a total walk length of 7.1 miles).

02/12/2017 - Kirke Kriisk

Great walk on a cold but sunny autumn day. This walk is great if your navigation is not the best as it is very clearly marked and it is impossible to get lost. Muddy at times, which is expected at this time of year. Great views! I did it with a 12 year old and a dog and we all enjoyed it.

12/03/2012 - Robin Philpott

I did this walk on a sunny 11/03/2012 and it is very pleasant. A good variety of sights, sounds and terrain. The road section at the beginning and end of the walk is fairly busy but can easily be avoided, at the cost of shortening the walk very slightly, by parking at the parking area referred to in 15 and starting/finishing there. A good 3 hour stroll all in all.

23/05/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

Thank you Andrew, updates and new pictures gratefully received.

23/05/2008 - Andrew Long

Some updates and new pictures submitted on this walk, May 2008. All routes through the woods were clearly signposted with ‘freshly’ painted arrows – you cannot get lost. Watch out for mountain bikers especially those going at speed between 11 and 12. The steep hill at no. 19 will wear you out – but at the top near the mast – have a rest and watch the red kites gliding nearby! Waymark 17 – path near perimeter is very narrow and in summer months you will need to be careful of the stinging nettles.