Explore this large area of forest near Charlbury on this woodland walk.
The forest can be reached from the nearby village of Finstock or from Charlbury. There are rail stations at both.
The forest consists of hundreds of acres of attractive woodland, pretty streams and a series of lakes and ponds. The area is also a nature reserve so look out for a variety of interesting flora and fauna. These include several species of wildflower such as celadine, kidney vetch and bluebells. These flowers attract butterflies such as Barberry Carpet and Pale Shining Brown.
Wychwood fair is a popular event which takes place in the forest at Cornbury Park. The fairs are centred on rural communities and crafts.
The Oxfordshire Way passes through the area so you could pick up this long distance path to extend your walk. If you head east along the path you will come to Woodstock and the beautiful Blenheim Park. If you head north west from Charlbury you can enjoy a walk along the River Evenlode to Ascott-under-Wychwood.
PostcodeOX7 3BN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Wychwood Forest Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Wychwood Forest Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Wychwood Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Wychwood Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head into nearby Charlbury and there's several good choices for post walk refreshments. The Rose and Crown has an excellent selection of beers and were voted CAMRA Oxfordshire Pub of the Year and North
Oxfordshire Pub of the Year in 2018. You can find the pub at 1 Market St with a postcode of OX7 3PL for your sat navs.
The Rose and Crown doesn't do food so if you're looking for a bite to eat head to The Bell Inn. The pub is set in a beautiful 18th century Cotswold stone building and has a very good menu. You can find it on Church Street at postcode OX7 3PP.
The woodland trails in the large forest are ideal for a dog walk so you'll probably bump into several other owners on your visit. The Rose and Crown and Bell Inn pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the west is the village of Shipton Under Wychwood where there's a fine medieval church. You can also visit the lovely Foxholes Nature Reserve where there are more nice woodland trails and pretty bluebells in the spring months.