Chilswell Valley, South Hinksey is a lovely walk and one of our firm family favourites.
Board walk is always a win win to set the mood. A stream flows the whole length of the valley to supports the reedbeds, which is not too deep and has lots of crossing points, which is always a hit with kids. We ventured out going from one side to the other, but eventually decided to walk/splash through it. It was a good adventure, though fallen tree trunks/branches meant we often had to climb up and back down. Wellies and waterproofs are a must for all that fun as the sides were quite muddy too.
The trees, with lots of bird nests, birds constantly chirping, slowly trickling stream and plenty of wildflowers on the ground made the whole atmosphere absolutely incredible. watch our video on instagram HERE
As the loop turns around, it goes up a grassy hill, which was another delight, as we raced and rolled up and down. There were a few benches on this route to allow one to just sit, relax and enjoy or “seize the day” as was engraved on one bench.. indeed!! We even saw a king fisher and plenty of damsels , collected a lot of dandelions and blew off a few (which reminded me of my own childhood)..
All in all a day well spent!!
Trivia: it has been known as ‘Happy Valley’ for at least 100 years because of its popularity as a place for people to enjoy their natural heritage; Good Friday was traditionally the Happy Valley picnic day early in the 20th century.
Link to website: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/directory_record/887/chilswell_valley
🗺 Address: Access via Chilswell Path, South Hinksey OX1 5AP. It is a residential area at the start and you may think you are lost but keep going straight until you see the entrance and the board walk on the left (about 500 yds)
🚘 Parking in a near layby
🚻 No toilets or baby facilities
🍕 No refreshments
🧺 Picnics allowed
🦽 buggy doable only at the boardwalk, after that the terrain will be very bumpy so best avoided
🐕 Dogs welcome