Oxfordshire Area Ramblers

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Vale of White Horse

We are a large group with over 300 members drawn mainly from the geographical area of the Vale of White Horse District Council. 


The Vale is much older than the administrative body though and is described in Tom Brown’s Schooldays (1857). Most simply, it is the vale of the River Ock which runs from near Faringdon to join the Thames at Abingdon. Our group’s coverage is wider though, taking in all of the west of Oxfordshire south of the Thames and north of the Ridgeway, and east to Didcot.


Summer walkers at Wayland's Smithy

The walking varies between flat farmland near the Thames and Ock to dry chalk downland along the Ridgeway which contains many ancient sites such as Wayland’s Smithy, Uffington Castle and White Horse, and Segsbury Castle. Two National Trails, The Ridgeway and the Thames Path, pass through the Vale and there are other long distance trails like the d’Arcy Dalton Way crossing it. The Vale has three market towns, Abingdon, Faringdon, and Wantage and a higher density of villages and hamlets than most parts of England. We have a varied walks programme, are active in footpath work, publish regular newsletters, run an annual course on leadership navigation and planning to help support new walks leaders, and are passionate about spreading the word about the Ramblers work.

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Professor Sir J A Muir Gray, CBE, FRCPSGlas, FCLIP is the President of Oxfordshire Ramblers. Find out more under the ‘walking’ tab, then ‘health walks’.

Professor Sir J A Muir Gray, CBE, FRCPSGlas, FCLIP is the President of Oxfordshire Ramblers. Find out more under the ‘walking’ tab, then ‘health walks’.

Walking Partnership

Our group has joined The Walking Partnership. This partnership, supported by Ramblers Walking Holidays, provides financial contributions to local walking groups. When you book a holiday quote the name of our group, and we will receive £10 per person on UK holidays, £20 per person on short haul holidays, and £30 per person on long haul holidays. This extra funding can really help us! You look at their website on www.ramblersholidays.co.uk or call on 01707 33113 for more details or to order a brochure.

Cotswold Outdoor

As a Ramblers Member, there's now a 15% discount available at Cotswold Outdoor. They have stores in Bicester and Reading.

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And a 20% for your first purchase with the voucher which comes in the membership pack.

Friday, December 14, 2018