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Walking for the health of the mind and body

During the coronavirus crisis, many of us have been taking exercise walks near our home.  Perhaps we have tended to keep taking the same walk which can get a bit boring.  Abingdon is full of varied route options bursting with interesting things to see.  We have decided to produce a list of walks of different lengths and in different parts of Abingdon .  We tell you the length of the walk so you can keep track of how much exercise you are doing.

For each walk we have produced a pdf sheet which you can print off and take with with you on the walk.  Each sheet contains a map, written directions and photographs of what you can see on the walk. The directions assume an arbitrary start/finish point but you are welcome to start and finish where you like.

Check out the NHS web site to find out about the benefits of walking.

We will be adding walks and would love to include your favourite route.  Please email us with the route and information on anything interesting features on the walk. Photographs would also be welcome.

Please take care on the walks as conditions may change at different times of the year and due to other circumstances.  Some of the more rural paths can get muddy and uneven so be sure to have sensible footwear.  The walks are at your own risk.

Please also take your litter and rubbish home with you to dispose properly.  Sadly many routes do contain litter often including at least one disposable mask.

If you prefer walking as a group (when group walks are allowed), check out Abingdon Health Walks.

Go Active runs a group walk from Long Furlong Medical Centre every Tuesday (booking necessary).  Email Ashley Chapman for more information.

You can find other interesting walks on the Friends of Abingdon Civic Society web site and on the Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society web site.

The Walks

Northcourt House Walk 1.  Two sides of Oxford Road. 1.4 miles.

See a variety of ages and types of housing including apartment building, detached housing, terraced houses and very different architectural styles.  You may also be able to catch a glimpse of the beautiful grade 2 listed Northcourt House

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Field by Fitzharry's Road Walk 2.   Boxhill Park and Bath Street.  1.2 miles.

You will be surprised by the amount of green space amongst the various houses in Abingdon.  You may also like to seek our the Norman Fitzharry's Castle Mount which, unfortunately, is hidden by the overgrown greenery

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Ladygrove Meadow Walk 3.  Ladygrove Meadow and the River Ock. 1.6 miles.

This is a town and country walk.  Watch out for interesting wildlife on the country segment.  The walk along the Ock involves crossing four footbridges.

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St Helen's Wharf Walk 4.  Saxton and Caldecott Roads.  1.8 miles.

Walk some long residential streets, see the historic Alms Houses and enjoy lovely views of the Thames.

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County Hall Walk 5.  The sights of Abingdon.  1.5 miles

This takes you through the centre of the town past many beautiful, historic buildings and ends with the stunning 'Ock Valley Walk'.

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Old Station Yard Walk 6.  Longer walk for more exercise.  3.5 miles

Long town-and-country walk of 5.6 km for 'couch to 5K' followers. You will be surprised by how much wild countryside there is close to the town centre.

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Abingdon Bridge

Walk 7.  Abingdon Meadows walk.  1.4 miles

This is a walk for the mind as much as for exercising the body.  Take you time and enjoy the scenery.  But don't attempt when the Thames is flooding.

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