GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


5 miles (7.5 km)

This lovely RSPB nature reserve consists of wet meadows, grassland and reedbeds. The area attractsthousands 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.


OX3 9UR - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Otmoor OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Otmoor Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


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.

Dog Walking

Dogs are welcome on public footpaths and bridleways, but please avoid the visitor trail and permissive paths to minimise disturbance.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Rifle range butts on Otmoor - - 182138

Rifle range butts on Otmoor. A butt is a pile of earth to stop stray bullets, behind the targets on a firing range. View from the part of the Roman Road within the danger area - but available to the public on days with no firing.

Horses in field, flooded Otmoor beyond - - 351043

Horses in field, flooded Otmoor beyond View from the Oxfordshire Way footpath near Upper Park Farm. Although the field is only at 110 metres it gives a view right over the flat Otmoor at 60m. Otmoor used to be drained, the RSPB is turning parts back into wetlands

RSPB reedbed on Otmoor - - 181465

View from bird viewing hide near end of visitor trail. The RSPB have designed the reedbed to be big enough to support a pair of breeding bitterns - there are only fifty pairs in the UK. There is a clump of yellow flag irises in this photo.

Bridleway across Otmoor - - 386644

Bridleway across Otmoor. Behind the hedge on the right is a hard surfaced track which runs to the RSPB reserve. It has gates to allow walkers to use it, but horses are kept to this bridleway which is often wet.

Willow leaves and flowers on Otmoor - - 180746

Willow leaves and flowers on Otmoor

Track across Otmoor - - 180606

Track across Otmoor. This is the bridleway from Horton-cum-Studley to Oddington. This part is within a military firing range area.

Rose bush and RSPB visitor trail on Otmoor - - 182148

Rose bush and RSPB visitor trail on Otmoor. RSPB have put a hard surface path into their wetland reserve. This part is along a bridleway, and there is a ditch the other side of the fence.

RSPB reserve, Otmoor - - 386653

This is the north west corner of RSPB's Otmoor reserve, see Oxford Ornithological Society for map of the reserve


GPS Files

GPX File

Otmoor.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Otmoor.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)