This beautiful arboretum near Oxford has a series of well laid out footpaths to try. There's 130 acres to explore with wildflower meadows, rhododendrons and bluebell woods.
In the arboretum you will find giant redwoods, azaleas and monkey-puzzle trees. Many of the trees have been introduced from the Pacific North West region of North America. The lovely paths take you to the Serpentine Ride and peaceful glades. It really is a spectacular sight in autumn while in spring there are beautiful carpets of bluebells.
In addition to the woodland there is a 67 acre wildflower meadow with views of the surrounding countryside.
Look out for a variety of birdlife and the resident peacocks as you make your way through the grounds.
Harcourt is located near to the Thames Path so this is a good option if you would like to extend your walk. Both Abingdon and Oxford are nearby.
PostcodeOX44 9PX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Please click here for more information
Harcourt Arboretum Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Harcourt Arboretum Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Harcourt Arboretum OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Harcourt Arboretum Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
During the warmer months there is a pop up cafe where you can purchase a range of hot drinks and snacks.
Only guide dogs are permitted at the site.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
In the city you could pick up the Oxford Canal Walk and enjoy an easy waterside walk along the towpath.
Just to the south west you can visit the worthy villages of Sutton Courtenay and Culham. The former picturesque settlement has several historic buildings including the 12th century Norman Hall and The Abbey - a Grade I listed medieval courtyard house. Culham has a particularly lovely lock and weir to admire.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Oxfordshire Walks page.