Christmas Common and Watlington Hill
This circular walk takes you around the lovely area of Christmas Common in the Chilterns.
The walk starts from the decent sized car park on Hill Road and takes you to Watlington Hill. Here you will find nice woodland paths and an abundance of wildlife. Red Kites are often seen gliding above while the hill is one of the last sanctuaries of the extremely rare silver spotted skipper butterfly. Also look out for rabbits on the attractive chalk grassland and redwings and fieldfares above. The hill commands great views of the Chilterns and the Oxfordshire Plain.
This walk makes use of the Swan's Way and the Oxfordshire Way to take you through some of the countryside and woodland surrounding Watlington Hill and the little village of Christmas Common. There is a nice pub in the village where you can enjoy refreshments at the end of the walk.
To extend your walking in this area of the Chilterns head south along the Oxfordshire Way from the village. You can then link up with our Turville Circular Walk which visits the Warburg Nature Reserve, the 13th century Stonor Park estate and the famous Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Windmill.
PostcodeOX49 5HS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Christmas Common and Watlington Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Christmas Common and Watlington Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Christmas Common and Watlington Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Christmas Common and Watlington Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Fox and Hounds is an excellent choice for some post walk refreshments. The historic 500-year-old pub is situated on the top of Watlington Hill and is very walker and cyclist friendly. They have a good menu and a very pretty garden area for warmer days. You can find them at postcode OX49 5HL for your sat navs.
The woodland and country trails surrounding the hamlet are ideal for dog walking. The Fox and Hounds mentioned above is also dog friendly.