Burford Circular Walk
This circular walk explores the countryside and woodland surrounding the Oxfordshire town of Burford. The interesting medieval town is situated in the Cotswold Hills near to the Gloucestershire border. There are nice footpaths to follow along the River Windrush and then into the farmland and woodland above the town.
There is a good sized parking area just of the High Street in the town from which you can start your walk. Nearby is the Grade II Listed Burford Methodist Church, built in the early 18th century. If you head east out of the town you can pick up a public footpath along the River Windrush to Widford. Here you turn north and cross the river and head to the pretty village of Swinbrook. The village includes the church of Saint Mary the Virgin which dates from about 1200.
After visiting Swinbrook the walk passes the site of the medieval village of Widford. St Oswald's church in Widford is Early English Gothic and dates from the 13th century. Widford was a substantial village in the Middle Ages but only the 16th-century manor house and a few other houses remain today.
The route heads north from Widford, visiting some small woodland areas before arriving at the village of Fulbrook with its Norman church. The final section returns you to the finish point at Burford.
You can extend your walk by continuing east from Swinbrook to Minster Lovell. It's a nice stroll along the river with the option of exploring the atmospheric ruins of the 15th century Minster Lovell hall.
Just to the west of Burford you can pick up the Donnington Way long distance footpath in Great Barrington.
Also nearby is the attractive town of Witney where you can visit the pretty lake and Church Grenn on our Witney Circular Walk
Burford Circular Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Burford Circular Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Burford Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Burford Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Lamb Inn is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The historic inn dates all the way back to the 15th century and has a wonderfully cosy interior with exposed beams, a roaring fire and flagstone floors. Outside there's a delightful English country garden for summer days. You can find the inn on Sheep Street with a postcode of OX18 4LR for your sat navs.
The village, river paths, woodland and countryside trails on this route are ideal for a dog walk. The Lamb Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
One of the highlights of the area is located just a few miles south of the village at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. The site covers 160 acres with beautiful parkland, a Victorian Manor House, a walled garden and a collection of mature trees. They also have a diverse range of animal species with exotic birds, zebras, lions and giraffes. It's located in Bradwell Grove just over 2 miles south of Burford at postcode OX18 4JP for your sat navs.