Ian and Angela left early to go to Waterperry to leave a car and then went to the beginning of the walk at Beckley and met 7 more walkers who had left 30 minutes later.. It was a very warm morning but overcast with a forecast for rain. We were fortunate that there were only the odd few spots of rain on the walk and a small shower whilst driving home.
This section of the OW walk started from Beckley a delightful stone village standing on the ridge of Oxford Heights above the plain of Otmoor. We left the village by climbing a small hill (the only one on this section) to emerge onto high parkland overlooking Beckley Park. The house dates from 1540 and is “the best preserved small house of this date in the county”. Then crossing over two fields which were covered in buttercups and looked a picture; the 3rd field descended steeply down to a woodland path beside a stream. From here the terrain was over tracks, pathways, metalled roads and was very flat. We crossed numerous wide and long fields (I’ve never seen such large ones before and you thought they would never end). It was fortunately relatively dry underfoot, as I had read reports that in parts it can be extremely wet and boggy. There were a number of “hideout” structures where deer are hunted from and shot. We stopped for lunch after walking about 5 miles and this was very welcome, as even though it was a flat walk it was quite tiring. We saw a few red kites, 1 deer, two fields of inquisitive cattle, and a couple of horses. It was a very remote walk and the only person we met was a warden making sure all the way markers were in place.
While the cars were changed over those that weren’t involved went to the café for some welcome refreshments. The journeys both ways were good.
Thank you to the 4 car drivers. Our next long walk is Waterperry to Tetsworth 6.4 miles on 19th June. Pam
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