GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bampton Walks

7 miles (11 km)

This pretty village is surrounded by some lovely Oxfordshire countryside and is only a short walk from the River Thames. This circular walk takes you through the farmland to the south of the village, following footpaths to the river and Bampton Lock.
The walk starts in the village and heads south west toward Weald before turning south east to pass RAF Bampton Castle, a former non-flyingRoyal Air Forcestation. Continue south and you will soon come to the river at Rushey Lock where you can pick up the Thames Path. The lock was built in stone in 1790 by theThames Navigation Commission. The weir is adjacent to the lock on the other side of the lock island.
Cross the river here and then you can head west along the river path to Old Man's Bridge. The footbridge will take you to the northern side of the Thames where you can follow country lanes north, crossing the Sharney Brook before coming back into Bampton.
To extend your walking in the area head west along the river to Lechlade and Fairford to visit the splendid Cotswold Water Park. Heading east will take you Farmoor Reservoir where there's a nice footpath to follow around the water.
You can also visit the historic market town of Eynsham in this area.

Bampton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bampton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just off the route, to the east of Rushey Lock you can visit the Trout at Tadpole Bridge. The riverside inn is a great place to relax and enjoy refreshments outside in the summer months.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Tadpole Bridge Walk takes you east from the popular old inn to visit the 13th century Newbridge. The bridge is Grade I listed and notable as one of the oldest bridges across the River Thames.


Church View, Bampton - - 1542237

Church View, Bampton, Oxfordshire. On the right is the former grammar school, built about 1650 and now the public library.

Road through Weald - - 1542015

Road through Weald

R.A.F. Bampton Castle - - 401213

R.A.F. Bampton Castle

Rushey Lock cottage River Thames

Lock keeper's topiary work. Rushey Lock on the River Thames

Rushey Lock - - 911408

View upstream at Rushey Lock on the River Thames in Oxfordshire

Narrowboat in Rushey Lock - - 911419

A narrowboat heading upriver ties up in Rushey Lock on the Thames in Oxfordshire

Old Man's Bridge

Old Man's Bridge on the River Thames between Clanfield and Faringdon

Tadpole Bridge. River Thames Oxfordshire - - 13783

Tadpole Bridge. River Thames Oxfordshire. Tadpole Bridge was built in 1789, to carry the turnpike road from Buckland to Brize Norton. You can take a slight detour from the route to visit the bridge and adjacent inn.

GPS Files

GPX File

Bampton.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Bampton.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)