The area covered by the Oxford Group includes not only the area within and around Oxford but also the many fine historic local towns and villages surrounding the city. The classical parks of the city contrast with the diverse landscape of nearby villages, fields, woods and moorland. The area has been important from prehistoric times through the Roman period to the Civil War when Oxford was the seat of Parliament and to the current era - indeed Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace, just outside the city boundaries.
Within the City, there are many open spaces and parks to be walked, from ancient farmland and the historic grazing areas of Port Meadow to the more formal University Parks, Christchurch Meadows , and Magdalen College Deer Park, all within the Oxford Ring Road. An aerial view of Oxford shows an unexpected number of green open spaces. Indeed, the group’s Footpath Secretary's work varies from shared footpath and cycle ways in the city centre on one day, to rights of way across the historic Port Meadow, or the Cherwell Paths on the next, perhaps taking in the Oxford canal and the Thames Path as he goes!
The largest number of the group's walks are led by the Wednesday Walkers. These walks started with two or three friends meeting every Wednesday and has grown to today's numbers. They are also enjoyed by many others from other Ramblers Groups and represent one of our ongoing successes. Our walks range from the Chilterns in the east to the Cotswolds in the west, with others exploring the colleges, parks and alleyways of Oxford. Whilst we offer regular short walks of up to 5 miles on Wednesdays we also offer longer walks on other days of the week.
We try to share transport whenever possible. If you would like to go on the list, or to find a lift to the start of a walk, or can offer a lift in your car, please let us know:
Why not join us for a trial walk or two! Give walking in a friendly group a try!