Attractions

Battlefileld Trail

The Battlefields Trail is a long distance footpath, running

for 20 miles through beautiful countryside in the heart of England.

Beginning at Chipping Warden in Northamptonshire and ending at Kineton in

Warwickshire, it links three of Englands most important

battlefields.

Website: www.battlefieldstrust.com/resource-centre/civil-war/battlepageview.asp? pageid=507

Battlefileld 

Trail
 

Bicester Village

Great shopping - 130 luxury outlet boutiques.

Website: www.bicestervillage.com

Telephone: 01869 369 055

 

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. It is the principal residence of the dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1722. Blenheim Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Website: www.blenheimpalace.com/whatson/

Telephone: 020 7334 3922

 

Boddington Reservoir

One of the most promising waterways with catches of up to 150 lbs.

Website: www.fisheries.co.uk/boddington/index.htm

Telephone: 07740 534 891

 

Canons Ashby House

A tranquil Elizabethan manor house set in beautiful 18th-century gardens. Built by the Drydens using the remains of a medieval priory, the house and gardens have survived largely unaltered since 1710 and are presented as they were during the time of Sir Henry Dryden, a Victorian antiquary, passionate about the past.

The warm, welcoming house features grand rooms, stunning tapestries and Jacobean plasterwork, contrasting with the domestic detail of the servants' quarters.

Stroll in the historic parkland and catch glimpses of early medieval landscapes, while a wander through the priory church reveals the story of the canons of Canons Ashby.

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/canons-ashby-house/

Telephone: 01327 860 044

Canons Ashby 

House
 

Clattercote Reservoir

Clattercote Reservoir was made in the 17th centruy. It used to belong to the nearby Clattercote Abbey, which was once used to house lepers. The pool was used for the lepers to bathe in. It is a beautiful spot and supposed to be very good fishing.

Website: www.fisheries.co.uk/clattercote/

Telephone: 01908 302 556 or 01827 252 0

 

Great Pubs

We are spoilt for choice!
Just ask Doug or Pauline as there is a great choice, although within easy walking distance there is The Griffin and the Rose and Crown.

 

Jurassic Way

Can be walked or cycled. Fabulous countryside.

Website: www.gps- routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/routeslinkswalks/jurassic-way-walking- route

 

Macmillan Way

Another walking or cycling path. 486 miles in total and can be reached less than 4 miles from the shepherd hut.

Website: www.gps- routes.co.uk/routes/home.nsf/RoutesLinksCycle/oxford-to-banbury-walking- route

 

Millenium Way

100 miles walk but with circular trips around the Millenium way between 5 and 10 miles, always finishing at a pub!

Website: www.walking.41club.org

 

Oxford

Oxford

The city is known worldwide as the home of Oxford University, the oldest university in the English- speaking world.

Buildings in Oxford demonstrate examples of every English architectural period since the arrival of the Saxons, including the mid-18th-century Radcliffe Camera. Oxford is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold.

Oxford was first settled in Saxon times and was initially known as "Oxenaforda", meaning "Ford of the Oxen"; fords were more common than bridges at that time. It began with the establishment of a river crossing for oxen around AD 900. In the 10th century, Oxford became an important military frontier town between the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex and was on several occasions raided by Danes.

Website: www.oxfordcity.co.uk/index.html

 

Silverstone

Only 12 miles from Silverstone. An ideal place to stay during the Grand Prix.

Website: www.silverstone.co.uk

Telephone: 0844 3750 740

Silverstone
 

Stratford-Upon- Avon

The historical town of Stratford- Upon-Avon, the home of Shakespeare.

Website: www.stratford-upon-avon.co.uk

 

Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor is the ancestral home of George Washington.

Website: www.sulgravemanor.org.uk

Telephone: 01295 760205

 

Upton House & Gardens

Presented in its 1930's heyday, experience how it was to be a millionaire in that era. Stunning gardens.

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upton-house/

Telephone: 01295 670 266

 

Warwick Castle

Warwick 

Castle

Warwick Castle is situated in the town of Warwick, on a sandstone bluff at a bend of the River Avon.

The river, which runs below the castle on the east side, has eroded the rock the castle stands on, forming a cliff. The river and cliff form natural defences. When construction began in 1068, four houses belonging to the Abbot of Coventry were demolished to provide room.

The castle's position made it strategically important in safeguarding the Midlands against rebellion. During the 12th century, King Henry I was suspicious of Roger de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Warwick. To counter the earl's influence, Henry bestowed Geoffrey de Clinton with a position of power rivalling that of the earl. The lands he was given included Kenilworth a castle of comparable size, cost, and importance,

Website: www.warwick-castle.com

Telephone: 0871 265 2000