This lovely RSPB nature reserve consists of wet meadows, grassland and reedbeds. The area attracts thousands of wildfowl and waders such as lapwings and redshanks. You can also look out for a variety of dragonflies and butterflies. This circular walk follows good footpaths around the reserve with views of the River Ray and the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside. You can also bring your bike to the reserve but please keep to the bridleways and public footpaths but avoid the visitor trail and permissive paths.
The Oxfordshire Way runs past the reserve so you could pick this up to continue your walk. If you prefer you can visit the reserve by following the Oxfordshire Way from nearby Beckley. The route passes through Noke Wood and some nice countryside before reaching the reserve near Noke. You could also follow the trail west to the pretty village of Islip where you can enjoy lovely views of the River Cherwell and River Ray.
PostcodeOX3 9UR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The Abingdon Arms is located just south of the reserve in Beckley. It's a great option for some refreshments after your walk. The beer garden is probably the best in the country with fabulous views over the reserve from its elevated position. It's split into a terraced upper deck and lower deck making it an ideal place to relax on a warm day. You can find the pub in the little village of Beckley on the High St with a postcode of OX3 9UU for your sat navs.
Dogs are welcome on public footpaths and bridleways, but please avoid the visitor trail and permissive paths to minimise disturbance.