This circular walk visits the delightful Cotswolds village of Great Tew. There's some nice walking trails to follow around the Great Tew Estate and into the surrounding countryside. The route runs for just over 2 miles, with lovely views of the estate parkland and the surrounding Cotswolds countryside.
Start the walk from the car park in the village and then head east along the footpaths around Great Tew Park. The paths then loop round the estate before returning to the village. On the way you will pass the noteworthy parish church. The church was originally Norman, and the south doorway from about 1170 survives from that period. It was rebuilt in the 13th century with the arcades of stone pillars inside the building and the south porch still in existence. The church is reached by passing through a splendid 17th-century gateway.
Take time to explore the village and you will pass lots of lovely 17th century thatched cottages. You can then enjoy refreshments at the Falkland Arms public house which has a nice outdoor seating area.
You could extend the walk by continuing north east along the footpath to the nearby village of Nether Worton.
To continue your walking around Great Tew head west to Chipping Norton and visit the Rollright Stones. The fascinating group of Neolithic and Bronze Age megalithic monuments are one of the highlights of the area.
To the south of Little Tew you can pick up the Shakespeare's Way long distance trail around the village of Church Enstone.
The Wychwood Way also runs through the area and will take you south towards Charlbury.
Great Tew Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Great Tew Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Great Tew OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Great Tew Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head north west of Great Tew and you can visit the neighbouring village of Hook Norton. Here you can try the circular Hook Norton Walk which visits the Rollright Stones, Whichford Wood, Ascott, and the village of Great Rollright. The pretty village also includes a well known local brewery where you can enjoy a tour and visit the associated museum which details the history of the area.
Just east of Chipping Norton there's the historic Heythrop Park to explore. The 18th century hotel is surrounded by some beautiful parkland and gardens with miles of walking and cycling trails to try.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Oxfordshire Walks and Cotswolds Walks pages.