Buscot - Kelmscott

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A truly lovely walk from the beautiful village of Buscot, partly on the Thames Path to Kelmscott, another delightful village which was home to William Morris from 1871 until 1896 and which he called 'a heaven on earth'. This was not without reason, for his delight in it is just as evident to the visitor today. Kelmscott Manor where he lived and was inspired by, is preserved in all its evocative beauty and open for the public to see for themselves. Field-paths are taken on the way back to Buscot before joining the Thames Path again, finally retracing steps at Buscot Lock to Buscot Weir and along to the village again, where there is a wonderful National Trust shop and tea rooms.

England - Central England - Oxfordshire - River Walk


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Mostly Flat, National Trust, Pub, Restaurant, River, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
10/22/2016 - Alan Parker

This is a lovely walk. However, there are issues between point 9 and 10. When you get to the poplars the way ahead is blocked by barbed wire and an electric fence (the fence was not active though). There is a yellow footpath marker to your right at this point with a step over stile into the field on your right. There is then a step over stile in the field to your left which points you to what should be a bridge over a small stream. However, this bridge has rotted through and is impassible.

3/9/2011 - Sandra Green

Thank you to K Keith for helpful clarification - I can get lost in a paperbag!

2/23/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Walkingworld emphasises that following the supplied OS map along with the instructions and pictures will make route finding much easier. Every Walkingworld map comes with each waymark picture pinpointed (you are here points) along the way so navigation is simpler.

2/22/2011 - K Keith

We completed this walk last week but found the directions unclear in parts and sometimes at odds with descriptions. It may be helpful to people like us who don't use ordinance maps and just follow a simple map and directions to know the following. Step 3. After crossing the bridge over the river where the instructions are to 'carry on', you must turn right so that the river will still be on your right. Then after the walk along the river we were directed to reach a gate and cross a footbridge, but we passed through a gate and there was a footbridge shortly afterwards on the right. This is NOT the one to cross. It was confusing and after we realised it was not the one we needed we turned back and continued along the river until we came to the right gate and footbridge. Step 5. After passing The Plough bear right following the bend in the road to walk up to the junction. Step 7. You turn into the field to 'Paradise Farm' after passing large, modern barns at the end of the village. Step 9. The path 'beside the farm' to walk down to the poplars is actually through the farm's land. We had dogs with us so this is quite important. On the last leg, the directions to walk diagonally across the field to a gate is actually at Buscot Weir. Lastly, this is a dog friendly walk but for a couple of stiles tricky to negotiate, however, there is always a gap nearby that a large dog can get through.

11/18/2009 - Michael Hook

The Trout pub at St John's Bridge (inc Kate Moss) was v good. 24/08/08

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