Abingdon Walking Festival

Menu of Walks for Saturday 11th May

The Abingdon Walking Festival offers a range of walks to do on the day, all leaving from the Market Place. Most of them will run concurrently. All walks should be back at the Market Place by mid afternoon so that you can have a look at the stalls and talk to the groups represented at the festival before it all ends at 4pm.

Walks are free, but for insurance purposes we do need some details from you in advance. Please register for walks by clicking on the link at the bottom of the walk description. All Ramblers Walks carry a grade which is explained at the base of this webpage.

There are also Abingdon Community Walks - try one on the day if you are not sure, or come along to one of their Monday sessions. (See walk 6 below)




Ramblers Walks
Walks 1-5 will be led by a Walk Leader from The Ramblers 
Walks 6 & 7 will be led by a Walk Leader from the Community Walks programme
Advance registrations are now closed as the walk lists need to be sent to the walk leaders. For most of the walks there is still the possibility of joining by coming to the Market Place at least quarter of an hour before the departure time. (Walk 3 is presently fully booked.)

1. Radley Lakes Circular

4 miles | 2.5 hours
Grade: Easy Access
Sets off at 11.30am

This is a gentle walk to the Radley Lakes nature reserve. The walk is suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters with no stiles or hills. Leaving the town through the Abbey Grounds along the old railway line past the reserves to Radley Lakes for a short stop returning via a similar route.

2. Sutton Wick, Drayton & Ock Valley Circular
5.75 miles | 3 hours
Grade: Leisurely
Sets off at 11am

This is a leisurely walk leaving Abingdon via it's oldest part; past the historic church and almshouses to the River Thames. Along Peep-O-day Lane to the Sutton Wick nature reserve then on to Drayton past delightful houses and church to the Millennium Gardens for a short break. Return to Abingdon via Sutton Wick, New Cut mill and the Ock Valley walk. Please bring snacks and drink.


3. "The Abingdon Waterways Walk"
8.5 miles | 4 hours
Grade: Moderate
Sets off at 10am

Sorry! This walk is now fully booked. 

This is a moderate walk which follows the route as described in the ‘The Abingdon Waterways Walk’ guide. There is much to see; history, nature and open countryside. Sights of interest detailed in the guide will be pointed out during the walk. The route leaves Abingdon along the Ock Valley Walk to New Cut Mill, to Sutton Wick and its duck pond, and on to the Millennium Gardens in Drayton. Through the old part of Drayton then follow footpaths to Drayton East Way and on to Sutton Courtenay with its pretty houses and history. To Sutton Pools, past the hydro plant and follow the Thames path back to Abingdon. Please bring snacks and drink for a couple of stops.



4. Thames Path & Clifton Hampden Circular
10.25 miles | 4.5 hours
Grade: Moderate
Sets off at 9.45am

This is a moderate walk largely in quiet open countryside. The route starts with the Thames path passing Culham and Clifton Locks to the ornate bridge at Clifton Hampden. Through Clifton Hampden, around the JET project on the old airfield and to the river Thames with views of Abingdon. Return to Abingdon along the Thames, Abingdon Lock and the Abbey grounds. Please bring snacks and drink for a couple of stops.


5. Thames Path from Folly Bridge, Oxford to Abingdon
9 miles | 4 hours
Grade: Moderate
Meet at 10am in Oxford

This is a moderate walk along the Thames Path National Trail from Oxford to Abingdon. Leaving the bustle of St Aldates at Folly Bridge this walk passes the famous Salters’ Steamers yard and Head of the River public house, then passes the many Oxford University college’s boat houses and then on to the pretty Iffley lock. The walk becomes more rural as the path reaches the lock at Sandford on Thames and then into quiet open countryside with the chance of seeing nature both on and near the river. Even perhaps a kingfisher if lucky. Passing the Radley College boat house the path gives a view of Nuneham Courtenay house and continues to Abbey Meadow then through the Abbey Grounds into Abingdon. Please bring snacks and drink for a couple of stops.
This walk starts in Oxford outside the police station: 
Grid ref: SP514056
Postcode: OX1 1SZ
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6. Abingdon Community Walks
1 - 1.5 miles | 45 minutes
 setting off at 10.30am and at 12 noon. Please arrive ten minutes before to register in person. No online registrations for these walks.

Abingdon Community Walks are for everyone. It's a chance to get a bit fitter, see what is on your doorstep and make some new friends. Our weekly walks meet at the Abbey Gardens on Mondays at 10.30 am. There are always 3 walks on offer lasting between 30-60 minutes. We meet for a chat and coffee afterwards. 
On 11th May we are offering taster walks for you try. 

Please bring a drink and wear sensible shoes for walking in (trainers or similar are fine)..

Grade Definitions

Easy Access

walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections, please contact the group running the walk for details.


walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.


walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.


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