This Oxfordshire based village is in a good location for exploring the countryside of the Vale of White Horse on the nearby Ridgeway.
This circular walk from the village visits Chilton Downs and Illsley Downs on the The Ridgeway National Trail to the south. There's fine views over the surrounding area from the high points to enjoy.
The walk starts in the village and then follows a bridlepath south west to East Hendred Down. Here you can pick up the Ridgeway and follow the waymarked path south east across Chilton and Illsley Downs. From here you can take a detour from the route to head south and visit the neighbouring village of West Illsley where there's a popular local cricket club. This route passes the A road before turning north west to return to Chilton.
Chilton Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Chilton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Chilton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Chilton
- The Ridgeway - Step back in time on this wonderful 85 mile route which follows an ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man The trail starts at Overton Hill in Wiltshire on the edge of the Marlborough Downs and heads east through the Chiltern Hills to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire
- Didcot - The Oxfordshire town of Didcot has some nice trails to follow into the surrounding Chilterns countryside.
This walk visits some of the highlights of the area using a mixture of country lanes, public footpaths and waymarked long distance trails
- Wittenham Clumps - Climb to these two hills near Dorchester for wonderful views over the Oxfordshire and Berkshire countryside.
- Thames Path - Starting at the Source of the Thames at Thames Head in Gloucestershire, follow the iconic river through beautiful countryside and historic towns to the city of London.
The path runs for 184 miles running alongside the river for nearly the whole route making for a glorious experience whatever time of year
- Dorchester Circular Walk - The delightful Oxfordshire town of Dorchester on Thames has some lovely footpaths to follow through the surrounding countryside and woodland
- Blewbury - This walk from the Oxfordshire village of Blewbury visits the Iron Age Hillfort at Blewburton Hill
- Abingdon Circular Walk - This circular walk explores the area to the south of this pretty Oxfordshire town
- Wantage - The Oxfordshire town of Wantage is in a great location for exploring a lovely section of the Ridgeway
- Ardington - This pretty village is located in the Vale of White Horse in Oxfordshire, just to the east of Wantage
- Letcombe Regis - This Oxfordshire based village includes a pleasant local nature reserve and a noteworthy Iron Age hill fort on the Ridgeway National Trail.
The Rose & Crown is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. They serve good quality pub food and have a carvery on Sunday lunchtimes. You can find them on the Main Street with a postcode of OX11 0RZ for your sat navs.
The country trails make for a fine dog walk and the Rose and Crown mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The village is located just south of neighbouring Didcot where you can visit the fascinating Didcot Railway Centre.
If you continue west along the Ridgeway you could visit Segsbury Camp hill fort. The periodic occupation of the hill fort between the 6th and 2nd centuries BC suggests that it was a communal centre for various activities, including sheep management and exchange. The circular Letcombe Regis Walk visits the camp from the neighbouring village. There's also an 18th century pub and pretty local nature reserve to visit here.
To the east of the village you can try our Blewbury and Blewburton Hill Walk which visits another interesting Iron Age Hillfort.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Oxfordshire Walks page.