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Abingdon Circular Walk

7 miles (11 km)

This circular walk explores the area to the south of this pretty Oxfordshire town. There's nice waterside paths along the River Thames and a visit to the villages of Culham and Sutton Courtenay.
The walk begins next to Abingdon Abbey in the town centre. The Abbey was originally founded in the 7th century is surrounded by the Abbey gardens which include ruins of an early 20th century folly. The monastic buildings include the Abbey Exchequer, the timber-framed Long Gallery and the Abbey bakehouse.
The walk first heads east along the Abbey Stream to a weir on the Thames. Here you cross the river and follow the path south, passing Abingdon Bridge and Marina before coming to the village of Culham. The pretty village sits on a bend of theRiverand includes the Grade II listed Culham Manor which dates from the 15 the century. There is also the 15th century Culham old Bridge which is also Grade II listed.
After exploring Culham the walk crosses the river at Culham Cut and proceeds to the nearby village of Sutton Courtenay. There's more fascinating old buildings here with a 12th century church and the 'NormanHall' dating from the late 12th century. The Abbey or rectory house, dates from about 1300. The Wharf is also known as the former country residenceprime ministerH. H. Asquith. Asquith signed the declaration that took Britain into theFirst World Warhere. He is buried in the churchyard as is the famous author George Orwell.
After leaving Sutton Courtenay the route heads west towards Drayton before turning north to Oday Hill. You then head through Caldecott to return to Abingdon. Here you can enjoy a stroll through the Market Place and visit the splendid Old County Hall which dates from 1862. The 15th-century St Helen's Church and Long Alley Almshouses are also well worth visiting.
To continue your walking in the area you can head along the Thames Path east to Dorchester or north into Oxford. The long distance Oxford Green Belt Way also passes the town. Following it north west will take you to the pretty Farmoor Reservoir. The beautiful Harcourt Arboretum is also nearby.

Abingdon Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Abingdon Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Open Street Map with Location tracking

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Photos

Abingdon Abbey, geograph

Abingdon Abbey

ThamesAtAbingdon

River view Abingdon

Nags Head Island - geograph.org.uk - 15372

Nags Head Island, from the Thames Path to the East of Abingdon Bridge

Arable field off Thame Lane - geograph.org.uk - 1336765

Countryside near Culham

Old Culham Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 940811

Old Culham Bridge

The Thames Path near Culham - geograph.org.uk - 19987

Path near Culham

Grave of Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell), All Saints, Sutton Courtenay - geograph.org.uk - 362277

Grave of Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell), All Saints, Sutton Courtenay

Abingdon Marina - geograph.org.uk - 19939

Abingdon Marina

GPS Files

GPX File

Abingdon Circular Walk.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Abingdon Circular Walk.mmo (right click - 'Save As')

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