Abingdon Walking Festival

Menu of Walks for Saturday 22nd April

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)

Also, check out our LITERARY WALK with the author of "Wanderers, a History of Women Walking." Inspirational women writer-walkers form the backdrop for a walk and discussion. Introduction to some of these women writer-walkers from 10am in the basement of the Museum courtesy of the One Planet Abingdon Climate Emergency Centre. More information and registration link at the bottom of this page.

 

 

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
Please register one person at a time and use an email address for each person registering. Do not use the same email address for two different people.

1. Radley Lakes Circular

4 miles | 2.5 hours
Grade: Easy Access
Sets off at 11am

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.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE. The link has been disabled. There were some places left on this walk when registrations closed so it may be possible to join the walk by enquiring at the Ramblers stall before 10.30am on Saturday 22nd April. 

2. Sutton Wick, Drayton & Ock Valley Circular
5.75 miles | 3 hours
Grade: Leisurely
Sets off at 11.15 am

This is a leisurely walk leaving Abingdon 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.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE. The link has been disabled. There were some places left on this walk when registrations closed so it may be possible to join the walk by enquiring at the Ramblers stall before 10.45am on Saturday 22nd April. 

3. Abbey Grounds, Culham Lock & Thames Path Circular
6.75 miles | 3.5 hours
Grade: Leisurely
Sets off at 10.45am

This is a leisurely walk largely in undeveloped countryside. Through the Abbey grounds to Abingdon Lock, then to Sutton Courtenay via the Thames Path and Sutton Pools. Return to Abingdon via Culham lock, Culham and along the Thames path. Please bring snacks and drink. 
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE. The link has been disabled. There were some places left on this walk when registrations closed so it may be possible to join the walk by enquiring at the Ramblers stall before 10.15am on Saturday 22nd April. 
 

4. The Abingdon Waterways Walk
8.5 miles | 4 hours
Grade: Moderate
Sets off at 10.30am

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. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE. The link has been disabled. There were 2 places left on this walk when registrations closed so it may be possible to join the walk by enquiring at the Ramblers stall before 10am on Saturday 22nd April. 

 

5. Thames Path & Clifton Hampden Circular
11 miles | 4.75 hours
Grade: Moderate
Sets off at 10am

This is a moderate walk largely in quiet open countryside. The route follows 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, Thame Lane to Culham and return to Abingdon along the Thames Path. Please bring snacks and drink for a couple of stops.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE. The link has been disabled. There were some places left on this walk when registrations closed so it may be possible to join the walk by enquiring at the Ramblers stall before 9.30am on Saturday 22nd April. 
 

6. Abingdon Community Walks
1 - 1.5 miles | 45 minutes
Sets off at 10.30am and at 12 noon 

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 April 22nd we are offering taster walks for you try. 
Walk 6 starts at 10.30am
Walk 7 starts at 12 noon
Please bring a drink.
LINK TO REGISTER

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.

Leisurely

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.

Moderate

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.

Author-led talk and walk

Wanderers: A History of Women Walking

The One Planet Abingdon Climate Emergency Centre welcomes author Kerri Andrews to Abingdon. From 10am she will give a short introduction to some of the incredible women she has written about in her fascinating book. Following this there will be coffee, cake and a book-signing break and then we will head off for a friendly short walk, with readings from the book and discussion as the mood takes us. Numbers on this event will be limited due to venue constraints and to ensure walkers can hear the readings and the discussion. Please register while there are still places.

It is possible to register for the introduction only and go off for one of the longer Ramblers-led walks afterwards. The introduction will be wrapping up by 10.30-10.45 and we will understand if you have to leave in haste so as not to miss your group!

Click on this link to find the registration form

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