Local Attractions

Outdoors

Do you enjoy going outside during the summer months, or indeed at any time of the year?

Here we are giving you the opportunity to share with others your favourite outdoor place within five miles of Farmoor.

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Trout Fishing at Farmoor Reservoir

Designed and maintained by regulars and enthusiasts who fish Farmoor reservoir

see http://www.farmoor-reservoir.com/

The Thames Path

The Thames Path nr Farmoor Follow the greatest river in England for 184 miles (294 km) from its source in the Cotswolds almost to the sea. Passing through peaceful water meadows, unspoilt rural villages, historic towns and cities, and finally cutting through the heart of London to finish at the Thames Barrier in Greenwich.

For full details, with photographs, of the walk from Oxford via Pinkhill/Farmoor to Northmoor, go HERE.

For full details of the walk from Eynsham toll bridge to Oxford, go HERE. The Thames Path from the west is surely the best way to approach the dreaming spires of Oxford. After a relaxing walk through open countryside, you'll pass the quintessential Oxford landscape of Port Meadow and the riverside haunts of Inspector Morse as you thread your way through the backwaters of this university city. Without a doubt, this short walk is one of the best Thames-side strolls north of Reading. And with frequent buses between the start and end points, a one-way walk is easy to plan. (As ever, we recommend you take the bus out then walk back).  There are two historic inns on the way, the Trout and the Perch, favourite destinations for Oxford residents in search of good pub grub. Look out for Godstow Abbey, the ruin of a historic nunnery. Many improvements have been made to the path since it was opened in the 1990s, but volunteers are still needed to help maintain this popular walk." Parking is available just north of Swinford Bridge for a modest fee, payable to the toll collector at the bridge, and in central Oxford.Public transport: Stagecoach Oxford service S1 and 11 run between Oxford and Eynsham, via Swinford Bridge from Frideswide Square (opposite the railway station).

Wytham Woods

Wytham woods nr FarmoorWytham Woods (also known as the Woods of Hazel) cover some 415 ha within the Wytham Estate, which is c.980 ha in extent. Apart from the Woods, most of the land is farmland. The Estate was sold to the University of Oxford by Raymond ffennell who also gave the woodland to the University in 1943.

The donor stipulated that: "every care should be taken to preserve the woods in their present state of natural beauty.... the University will take all reasonable steps to preserve and maintain the woodlands and will use them for the instruction of suitable students and will provide facilities for research it is in the hope and expectation of the grantor that the character of the lands included in this agreement and the buildings thereon will remain as far as possible as at present".

In 1950 the woods became a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and is now one of the world's most studied habitats. Even before it became an SSSI research scientists were studying the Great Tits at Wytham. Now scientists know each bird individually, including when and where they hatched and who their parents are. Professor Lord Krebs who began his research career in 1966 by studying at Wytham. If there were a Nobel Prize for Ecology, and if you could award it to a place rather than a person, Wytham Woods would surely be a prime candidate.

  • For a field report A Visit To Wytham Woods click HERE
  • For a wonderful slide show of a walk through the woods click HERE
  • To apply for a Visitors permit click HERE
  • For a book on Wytham Woods click HERE

 

Pinkhill Campsite - listed in Britain's best small campsites

 Pinkhill Lock Campsite nr Farmoor

The Daily Telegraph says: "The island at Pinkhill Lock is just large enough to accommodate the lock-keeper’s house and a small copse, one part of which, delineated by a couple of small signs with a simple tent on them, is the campsite. This is definitely a site for loafing around on.  You can sit on the weir and become mesmerised by the water falling headlong over it, keep watch for the pleasure boats and barges, or merely marvel at the patterns the sun paints upon the surface of the river. There are several footpaths – including the Thames Path – leading off from the site, and a wildlife-rich wetland area right next door."

Farmoor Reservoir Countryside Walk

Farmoor Reservoir

There is a Countryside Walk around the perimeter of the reservoirs. The walk is approximately four miles and takes two and a half hours. The trail is across fields, footpaths and roads. Strong shoes are advisable. Climbing of stiles is necessary and some parts can be muddy in wet weather. The trail begins at the rear of the stone building in the car park. For full details of the walk and sectional maps for each part click HERE

Farmoor Birding

Farmoor reservoir is ideally situated to attract migrating, wintering and breeding birds with good numbers of waders, wagtails and pipits, etc. There is a large gull roost from late July through to mid April. The Pinkhill Reserve was established in 1990, the Shrike Meadow in 2000, and Buckthorne Meadow in 2003, and they have added to the species diversity of the area.

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Eynsham Lock and The Talbot

 Eynsham Lock nr Farmoor

Eynsham lock is by Swinford toll bridge just outside Farmoor. Eynsham Community site tells us "Surprisingly the lock was only built in 1928, as the final part of the Thames Conservancy's plan to make the Thames navigable up to Lechlade - indeed, it was one of the last two locks to be built on the Thames.  Before that, since at least mediaeval times (6-700 years ago) there had been a weir - originally owned by Eynsham Abbey.

Before the canals and railways, rivers were the easiest way of transporting heavy goods - salt from Droitwich and building stone from Taynton (near Burford) were brought by pack-horse and cart to Swinford for onward transmission to Oxford, Windsor and London (Taynton stone was used in St Paul's)"

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