GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Kingham Walks - Around Bledington and Foxholes Walk

6 miles (9.5 km)

The delightful Cotswolds village of Kingham was voted 'England's Favourite Village' in 2006. It's rows of limestone cottages and pretty village greens make it a must see if you are visiting the area. This lovely walk takes you through the Kingham streets before visiting the nearby village of Bledington and Foxholes Nature Reserve.
The village is notable for the churchofSt Andrewwhich has a 14th-centuryGothicwest tower with a 15th-century top. It is also accessible from the train station which sits on the Cotswold Line. You can catch direct trains right to the village from London Paddington, Worcester, Reading and Oxford.
The walk starts in the centre of the village and heads south west through the countryside to Bedlington. In the village you will find the parish churchofSt Leonardwhich dates from 1170. There's also the 16th-centuryKing's Head Inn which overlooks thevillage green. The inn was awarded Dining Pub of the Year by theGood Pub Guidein 2001.
At Bedlington you pick up the Oxfordshire Way long distance trail to take you south to Foxholes Nature Reserve. Here you can enjoy views of the River Evenlode before trying the woodland trails in the reserve. Look out for spring bluebells, foxgloves, woodland birds and over 200 species of fungi.
After exploring the reserve you can return to the village the same way or turn it into a longer circular walk by picking up various footpaths through the countryside.
The village is located very close to Chipping Norton where you can try our Chipping Norton Circular Walk which visits a number of nearby villages.
You could also pick up one of several long distance trails including Oxfordshire Way, the Diamond Way and the Macmillan Way.

Kingham-Bledington-Foxholes OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Kingham-Bledington-Foxholes Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Kingham-Bledington-Foxholes Pubs/Cafes

The handsome Kingham Plough is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. There's a fine interior here with a traditional bar furnished with country antiques, stylish prints, original photographs, sketches and prints by renowned 20th century artists. They do excellent food and can be found in a lovely location on the green at a postcode of OX7 6YD for your sat navs. There's also a garden area for warmer days.

Kingham-Bledington-Foxholes Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails make for a nice dog walk. The Kingham Plough mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head just a couple of miles north and you can pick up the Daylesford Walk. This circular trail will take you around the Georgian Daylesford Estate before visiting the neighbouring villages of Adlestrop and Oddington.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cotswolds Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Georgian house, Kingham - geograph.org.uk - 899374

Kingham House: the former Rectory, built in 1688. Left of the house is the 15th-century top of the west tower of St Andrew's parish church.

Kingham church

Kingham Church. TheChurch of England parish churchofSt Andrewhas a 14th-centuryPerpendicular Gothicwest tower with a 15th-century top. Thechancelwas rebuilt in 1688.Both The Rectory and the Old Rectory Cottage are 17th century

The village green at Kingham - geograph.org.uk - 280074

The village green at Kingham

Thatched cottages in Kingham - geograph.org.uk - 899654

Thatched cottages in Kingham. Chocolate box thatched Cotswold stone cottages in the village.

The Green at Bledington - geograph.org.uk - 150160

The Green at Bledington. View across the stream and green to the cottages and the King's Head Inn.

Footpath crosses bridleway (geograph 1933685)

Footpath crosses bridleway in Foxholes Woods.

Track in the wood (geograph 1933662)

Track in Foxholes Woods. Look out for carpets of bluebells in these woods in the spring months.

The Kingham Plough - geograph.org.uk - 899390

The Kingham Plough. Back in the village you could head to this fine pub to reward yourself with a drink after your exercise.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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