of venues, transport, map references and other advice are at the
bottom of this page.)
and Indoor Meetings
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4am DAWN CHORUS Minster Lovell. Meet at car park at top of lane
leading to the Minster ruins. (SP322113)
Leader: David Rolfe 01993 773123 O
2pm HACKPEN HILL (near Childrey/Wantage) Approaching from Childrey
on the B4001, turn left at the top of the hill at Sparsholt Firs
Meet at the parking area at the side of the Ridgeway (which is approximately
4 miles SW of Wantage) for a 2.5 miles circular walk, with steep
gradients, when we are likely to see corn bunting, buzzards, red
kites, wheatear and kestrel, also uncommon flora e.g. yellow wort,
henbane and many insects such as chalk carpet, wood tiger moths,
green hairstreak, brown argus, common blue, small heath etc. Nearest
pubs for lunch “The Star” at Sparsholt, 01235 751539
or “The Hatchet” at Childrey, 01235 751213.
Leader: Malcolm Brownsword, 01235 850668 BOG
2.30pm LASHFORD LANE FEN four miles SW of Oxford, half a mile N
of Dry Sandford (SP468011)
for wildlife walk of one mile. Bird watching from hide (water rail,
reed bunting, warblers).
Leader: Tony Mattingley 01993 868282 BOGW
NB Depending on how much time we spend at Lashford it may be possible
to visit other locations e.g. Dry Sandford Pit, Parsonage Moor.
7pm UPTON, BURFORD Meet at Middle Lane. Park on B4425 (continuation
of Sheep Street, Burford) near turn for Little Barrington (SP243124).
Leader: Tony Florey 01993 775020 BOG
2pm KINGHAM Meet on village green (SP261239)
for a 3 mile ramble along footpaths once frequented by William Warde
Fowler, Oxford don and ornithologist. Park by pavement between crossroads
and school. Lunch available at “The Kingham Plough”
Leader: Gordon Ottewell 01242 603464 (or contact Tony Mattingley
6pm BRIDEWELL ORGANIC GARDENS (SP378147)
Meet at entrance to Vineyard car park(parking indication signs should
be put up) for a guided tour of the gardens and possibly wine tasting
Leader: Ian Gourlay 01865 245864 BG
11am OAKLEY WOOD (Bernwood Forest) Meet in forestry car park. Take
road from Stanton St John to Oakley/Brill. The car park is on the
right approximately 200 yards after a turn from Horton cum Studley
joins from the left. The wood is particularly good for plants and
Leader: Malcolm Brownsword 01235 850668 BOGL
7pm BABLOCKHYTHE/THAMES PATH Meet at the “Ferryman Inn”
car park (SP434042)
for a ramble along the River Thames towpath followed by a visit
to the inn afterwards – optional!
Leader: Tony Florey 01993 775020 BOG
Sunday 7th 11am
BOURTON DOWNS AREA (Nr Snowshill) Walk of approximately 7 miles
(can be shorter if desired) – stiles, hills, mud and butterflies.
No pub so bring lunch and water. Parking is difficult so car sharing
essential. Please telephone Sue Morton for details and to arrange
Leader: Sue Morton 01993 703686 BOGL
2.30pm RUSHEY COMMON (Gill Mill) Meet at Rushey Common car park
for a walk of 2.5 – 3 miles to look at the landscape and geology
of the northern part of the Lower Windrush Valley (SP381074)
Leader: Lesley Dunlop 01993 770703 BOG
8.30pm MOTH TRAP EVENING with David Redhead at Stonefold, Worsham
Lane, Asthall Leigh, with follow-up on Saturday 20th at 9am to examine
moths caught. Parking is limited so please telephone Brenda Betteridge
01993 878615 GW
6.30pm for 7pm SUMMER PARTY at The George and Dragon, Long Hanborough.
Friday 2nd 6.30pm
BAT WALK AT SHERBORNE Meet at the National Trust estate office (SP172147)
Driving west on the A40 turn right to Sherborne and first left into
the village. The office is about .75 of a mile on the left opposite
the cemetery. There will be an introductory talk before embarking
on the walk. Bring bat monitors if you have them.
Leader: Mike Robinson 01451 843021
6pm DITCHLEY PARK Walk of approximately 2 miles (can be shorter)
to see colchicums (meadow saffron). Approach through Fulwell and
meet at Ellen’s Lodge (SP380224)
Leader: Brenda Betteridge 01993 878615 BO
Sept 30th -
Oct 2nd Club trip to Gibraltar Point
Friday 7th 7.15pm
for 7.30pm FIRST INDOOR MEETING. METHODIST CHURCH, HIGH STREET,
WITNEY. Tim King “Ants and Anthills”
2pm FUNGUS FORAY at Foxholes BBOWT Reserve, Bruern. Meet in small
car park (SP259208)
Leader: Peter Creed 01635 550380 or 01865 248710 BOG
2pm CRANHAM near Painswick, Gloucestershire. Meet at Map Ref SO893125.
Park off the road near Cranham school which is out of the main part
of the village. This is a 3 – 4 mile walk with some steep
gradients through ancient woodland skirting Sheepscombe (Laurie
Lee fame). Nearest pub for lunch “The Butcher’s Arms”
Tel 01452 812113
Leader: David Roberts 01993 841194 BOG
will most likely be handed out at the first indoor meeting, or posted
a day or two later if you do not attend.
Walks Leaders are asked
to provide Brenda Betteridge with a report for inclusion in the
newsletter. Brief as well as longer reports are always welcome.
All indoor meetings are held at the High Street Methodist Church
usually in the Upper Hall.
All are welcome from 7.15 p.m., and the main meeting will start
at 7.30 p.m. Queries should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or directed to the Programme Secretary, on 01993 841194.
regret no dogs are allowed on our walks.
the walks members are advised to buy either the first two Ordnance
maps or the second two in the following list to help in finding
the start point of walks.
No 25 Outdoor Leisure Series for the Cotswolds at 2 1/2" to
Map No 180 Explorer Series for Oxford, Witney and Woodstock at 2
½" to the mile.
Map No 163 Landranger Series for Cheltenham Area at 1 1/4"
to the mile.
Map No 164 Landranger Series for Oxford area at 1 ¼"
to the mile.
Book Shop, High Street, Witney (next to Woolgate Entrance),
Blackwells and Waterstones in Oxford stock these.
references for the walks venues consist of two letters (the map
area) and six
numbers. These can easily be worked out by reading the first two
numbers of the
reference given along the top or bottom (horizontal) edges of the
map (the third map
number represents the number of tenths towards the next map number
to the right).
Similarly, read the last three numbers for the vertical map reference
from the bottom
to the top of the map. Tracing with your finger, you find the meeting
point where the
two tracing lines intersect.
should be e-mailed to email@example.com, or directed
to the Walks
Programme Secretary, Tony Mattingley on 01993 868282 unless another
is given in the programme.
without transport should telephone a club officer/committee member
will be very pleased to arrange a lift.
to symbols used in programme:
B Botanical Interest
O Ornithological Interest
G General Interest
W Wheelchair accessible
L Bring Lunch
T Bring Tea