GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Sandford on Thames Walks

2 miles (2.5 km)

This pretty riverside village is located just to the south of the famous University city of Oxford.
This circular walk from the village explores the River Thames and Sandford Lock to the west of the settlement. It's a very pretty area with little islands, weirs and lovely views of the surrounding countryside. There's also a fine riverside pub to relax in after your exercise.
The walk starts from the parking area at Sandford Lock and then heads north along a section of the Thames Path to Fiddler's Elbow, a small island in the river. You can then follow other paths along the pretty Sandford Pool before returning to the village.
To continue your walking in the area head south to visit Harcourt Arboretum. It's a delightful place for a stroll with wildflower meadows, rhododendrons and bluebell woods to see.

Sandford on Thames OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Sandford on Thames Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Sandford on Thames

  • Oxford River Walk - Enjoy a nice easy stroll from Oxford to Abingdon on this walk along a nice section of the Thames Path
  • Oxford Canal Walk - Follow the Oxford Canal from Oxford to Coventry on this splendid waterside walk
  • Rousham Park - Explore the beautiful gardens surrounding this 17th century country house near Oxford
  • Port Meadow - This lovely area in Oxford has nice walking trails along the Thames and attractive meadowland with grazing ponies and horses
  • Rugby - This circular walk takes you around the Warwickshire town of Rugby, taking in the Oxford Canal and the Great Central Walk Nature Reserve.
    Starting at the train station you head north east to pick up the canal
  • Thrupp Canal Walk - A nice circular walk along the Oxford Canal around the settlements of Thrupp and Shipton-on-Cherwell, just north of Oxford
  • Kidlington Circular Walk - This walk takes you around the pretty village of Kidlington near Oxford
  • Braunston to Whilton Locks - This walk visits the Whilton Locks flight on the Grand Union Canal near Daventry
  • Coventry Canal - Enjoy waterside cycling and walking along the 38 mile long Coventry Canal towpath
  • Coventry - This long circular walk uses a mixture of waymarked footpaths and minor roads to take you to some of the highlights of the city
  • Farnborough Hall - This National Trust owned site is located in the village of Farnboroughin rural Warwickshire.
  • Napton on the Hill - This Warickshire based village is in a fine location for canal, country and lakeside walking
  • Napton Reservoir - This walk visits Napton Reservoir near the village of Napton on the Hill in Warwickshire
  • Harcourt Arboretum - This beautiful arboretum near Oxford has a series of well laid out footpaths to try
  • Radley Lake - This circular walk explores the Radley Lakes near Abingdon in Oxfordshire
  • Upper And Lower Heyford Canal Walk - This walk visits the pretty Oxfordshire villages of Upper And Lower Heyford.


The Kings Arms is situated in a great location right next to the river. They serve good food which you can enjoy in the lovely garden with a view over the water. You can find them at postcode OX4 4YB for your sat navs.


Sandford Lock - - 3401200

Sandford Lock

The Kings Arms at Sandford Lock (geograph 7133372)

The Kings Arms at Sandford Lock

Approaching Sandford Lock - - 3292430

Approaching Sandford Lock

Sandford-on-Thames, St Andrew's Church - - 661189

Church of England parish church of St Andrew, Sandford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, viewed from the southeast. The church was founded in 1080 and rebuilt in 1840. This view is from the adjacent recreation ground.

A weir at Sandford - - 3292420

A weir at Sandford

Sandford Lasher by Sandford Pool (geograph 6799579)

Sandford Lasher by Sandford Pool

The Thames Path on Fiddler's Elbow - - 3292400

The Thames Path on Fiddler's Elbow

River Thames at Fiddler's Elbow - - 871824

Fiddler's Elbow is the island on the left along which the Thames Path is running. Another branch of the river, across on the left side of the island, leads to a large weir and the infamous Sandford Lasher.


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