Beckley - Stanton St John - Woodperry - Beckley

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Part of the Oxfordshire Way is taken on the first section of this walk and a steady climb affords wonderful, far-reaching views before taking to fields, where numerous streams are crossed on footbridges. Footpaths alongside Stanton Little Wood and Holly Wood are peaceful and atmospheric, with the site of Woodperry Medieval Village in between. Stanton St John is charming, with the very lovely old Church of St John the Baptist on the route. Woodperry consists of a large farm with a handsome house, a beautiful stately home and a pretty lodge. The last part of the walk is on a cycle way back to Beckley, with good views across magnificent countryside and the walk through the village is pleasant, passing the Abingdon Arms pub and delightful cottages and houses, mostly of stone.

England - Central England - Oxfordshire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Pub, Wildlife
3/2/2020 - Chris Maidlow

Good circular walk from Beckley. Definitely drop in the Abingdon Arms for cracking Sunday roast or a pint. There were some serious mud & boggy areas and we had to cut a few fields due to bits of flooding, great walk though. Signage OK, but reliant on app

10/27/2015 - Paul and Tracy Dawson

Enjoyable walk with some nice views, surprising how high up you are! Lots of stiles long since replaced by kissing gates, and those that are left are a bit dodgy, more like seesaws! Well worth taking a map as the details are little out of date? The footbridge crossing the stream at WM3 is very well hidden, we missed the path leading to the bridge, accessing it from the field next to it.

4/20/2015 - Kate Dimmer

Lovely walk in the countryside. Be prepared to walk in fields with cows and horses. 2 miles of the walk is on the road. Start point parking can be limited around Beckley, I would suggest parking in the Abingdon Arms pub car park. Directions definitely need revising, I found I was doing the walk without the directions and used a map as they were very misleading.

9/10/2014 - Martin Veasey

We did the walk today and liked it a lot - particularly the views over the open Oxfordshire countryside. Thought it worth sharing for W3 that there are two stiles leading into the same patch of woodland. They're about 20m apart. Only one, the one on the right hand side, has a footpath badge (for the Oxfordshire Way) and this is the one you want. The stream and footbridge referenced isn't immediately visible - they're tucked a few minutes into the wood.

10/4/2011 - Julie White

Lots of fun for dogs but a couple of stiles that would pose a problem to large dogs.

10/4/2011 - Julie White

A very pleasant walk but the directions need re-visiting and maybe more detail. W3 we weren't sure exactly where to "leave the track to the left". W7 we only went over 1 footbridge. W13 needs to be clear that the main road has to be followed to junction (there is a T junction with an unmade road before the correct junction). We did enjoy the walk and were pleased to find it but to be honest we relied on the downloaded map version on Viewranger Open Maps to keep us on track.

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