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Walk the Green Belt Way

Oxford city from South Park Oxford city from South Park Photo: © Jane Tomlinson

The Oxford Green Belt Way is a 50-mile circular walk through Oxford’s glorious Green Belt. Walk it and explore historic villages and picturesque riversides, and discover new views of Oxford’s dreaming spires.

The walk uses existing footpaths and bridleways and is clearly waymarked. It was devised by CPRE Oxfordshire to highlight the importance of the Green Belt on the character of city and county.

The Oxford Green Belt Way was opened in 2007 and roughly follows the route below:

  • Thornhill Park & Ride to Horspath
  • Horspath to Garsington
  • Toot Baldon to Nuneham Courtenay
  • Nuneham Courtenay to Abingdon Lock
  • Abingdon Lock to Radley
  • Radley to Cumnor
  • Cumnor to Swinford Bridge
  • Swinford Bridge to Wolvercote
  • Wolvercote to Hampton Poyle
  • Hampton Poyle to Beckley
  • Beckley to Thornhill Park & Ride

The Oxford Green Belt Way is within easy reach of Park & Ride sites around the city and is crossed by major bus routes, making it easy for walkers to travel back to their starting point.

OGBWcoverGet the guide

A revised 60-page full colour guide book with maps, directions and lots of fascinating information can be purchased from 

The Bookstore, Abingdon

and on-line from Blackwell's, and Walking Books

Alternatively send a cheque for £11.99 (£9.99 for the book + £2.00 P&P) payable to CPRE Oxfordshire, to:
CPRE Oxfordshire
20 High Street
OX49 5PY
Include the name & address of the person the book should be mailed to. Contact: 01491 612079 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The route can also be downloaded here: Oxford Green Belt Way


Comments from some of our happy walkers:

'We arrived back in Thornhill today having set off in December.  We did the walk on 17 different days in the order suggested in the book.   We loved it and found all sorts of unexpected places.'

'Three friends and I completed the final leg of the Green Belt Way today.  We started last year but had to put it on hold during the winter due to the waterlogged terrain.   We were all impressed by your book of maps and instructions  which was good value and kept us on the correct route.  We are all Bus Pass pensioners and found that we could use local transport to get to and from all the start and finish points quite easily.  I have lived in Oxford or Oxfordshire all of my 72 years and never fail to be pleasantly surprised at its diverse countryside.'

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If you would like to report an obstruction affecting the Green Belt Way, damage to any of the signposts or have any other feedback, please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If possible please provide a photo, grid reference and description.

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