GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Witney Circular Walk

2 miles (4 km)

This lovely circular walk takes you to some of the highlights of the Oxfordshire town of Witney. There's nice riverside paths along the River Windrush and a visit to Witney Lake to enjoy.
The walk starts in the town centre, next to the tourist information centre where there is parking and toilet facilities. Then head east along Crown Lane to Langle Common, crossing the river on the way. The route then turns south, following a footpath along the river to Witney Lake. There's a nice path around the lake and through the surrounding meadows. You then return to the town centre passing the Leys Recreation Ground on the way.
After your walk you can enjoy a stroll around the attractive town. Highlights include the pretty Church Green and the Parish Church. The Witney and District Museum is also worth a visit with many artefacts and documents representing the history of the town.
To continue your walking in the area head to the nearby village of Minster Lovell. You can follow paths west along the river and visit the fascinating ruins of Minster Lovell Hall.
Also nearby is the medieval town of Burford where you can try the Burford Circular Walk.


OX28 6BS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Witney Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Witney Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Witney

  • Minster Lovell - This walk explores the pretty Oxfordshire village of Minster Lovell with its old hall, thatched stone cottages and riverside footpaths
  • Burford Circular Walk - This circular walk explores the countryside and woodland surrounding the Oxfordshire town of Burford
  • Bampton - This pretty village is surrounded by some lovely Oxfordshire countryside and is only a short walk from the River Thames
  • Tadpole Bridge - This easy riverside walk follows a section of the Thames Path National Trail from the popular Tadpole Bridge Inn to the historic old bridge at Newbridge to the east.
  • Carterton - This modern Oxfordshire based town is located in the western part of the county near Witney.
  • Farmoor Reservoir - Enjoy an easy circular walk around this pretty reservoir near Oxford
  • Eynsham - This attractive Oxfordshire based town is in a great spot riverside and country walks
  • 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


The Horseshoes is a fine Cotswold Stone pub for post walk refreshment. It's a cosy place with low ceilings and a big fireplace to warm yourself. There's also high quality food served in the charming dining area. You can find them at 78 Corn Street with postcode OX28 6BS for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south you can visit the neighbouring village of Bampton and enjoy a riverside walk along the Thames Path National Trail at Tadpole Bridge.
Witney is home to the annual World Pooh Sticks Championships which take place over theRiver Windrushon Langel Common, near the Cogges Manor Farm Museum. The championships include single and team events and have attracted over 1,500 visitors, including many from overseas. The game originates from the Winnie the Pooh books by A.A Milne. The championships take place each year in June.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Oxfordshire Walks and Cotswolds Walks pages.


Witney Lake - - 346911

Witney Lake. Flooded gravel pit to the south of Witney, now a nature reserve.

Witney Town Hall Geograph-3599022-by-Betty-Longbottom

Witney town hall

St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Green, Witney - - 247742

Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Church Green. This ancient church was rebuilt in 1243.

Witney Lake - - 346909

Lake View

Bridge over the River Thames at Witney, Oxfordshire (16278278749)

Bridge over the River Thames

War Memorial in Witney - - 2429449

War Memorial

River Windrush, Bridge Street, Witney - - 248255

River Windrush, Bridge Street

New and Old at Witney Mill - - 2908525

New and Old at Witney Mill


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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