I am a bit undecided about my final verdict on the Windrush Path Mosaic Trail in Standlake, Witney. Compared to our other mosaic walks (most recently Kingston Bagpuize Millennium Green mosaic trail), this one is longer (about 2miles each way), so you have to allow atleast ~one hour each way. The mosaics are far apart from each other (so I think kids will quickly lose interest), and the path is not circular, so you have to retrace your steps (which I don’t like). Also, a little stream runs close to you and you can access it for some water play but you do not actually “get close to the lake”. Having researched it, after I came back, I now know the reserve is not open for public (I probably should have known this before heading here, but I don’t usually plan everything, and I was excited really about the mosaics). All is not lost- you can have a look at the lake from a distance and watch the birds/ ducks from one of the two bird hides, but that’s all you will get.
Don’t get me wrong- It is still a lovely walk, and we did have a good time, but it may not be for everyone.
We parked near the Black Horse Pub, then crossed the main road to Shifford Lane (there is a board with a map and your first mosaic just at the entry point).
Follow Shifford Lane past the Maybush School until you reach a crossroads (it is a road up until this point). Mosaic 2 is here.
From here, you can either turn left and follow the path until you reach a T junction (with mosaic 4&5), then turn rightand follow the track until you reach a kissing gate. Turn left and you will find the picnic area
We, however, went straight from the cross roads pass the Maybush school (which I think is a better route). If you keep going, you will come across a short wooden bridge. Turn left here to find mosaic 3
Then keep going, until you come across a board walk on your right, which will take you to the bird hide.
After spending some time here, we then went back on track, to come to the kissing gate and the picnic area (with mosaic 6).
We carried on along the path until we reach a small bridge (mosaic 7 is here)- on the right are open fields, but if you turned left, and then almost immediately right on to a narrow path, part of which is a wooden boardwalk, you will come to a private drive. We turned back from here (there were seven mosaics up until here, so we missed the remainder).
On our return journey, when we reached the gates by the picnic area, we turned right. Continue down this path until you find mosaics 4&5.
We turned left from here and went back. You could also go straight on to reach the main road
The map for this particular trail can be downloaded HERE. Other routes can be accessed HERE. I also took printouts of the mosaic trail with me, as we always try to do a scavenger hunt and tick off what we see. Just makes the walk more interesting
After the walk, we went to the Standlake play area, which is pretty awesome (please see down below)
🗺 Address: Windrush Path Mosaic Trail, 138 Shifford Ln, Standlake, Witney OX29 7RR
🚘 Free off side road parking
🚻 Toilet not available
🍕 No cafe or refreshments on the route (but pub at the start is pretty good)
🦽 Some parts are buggy accessible but the terrain will be bumpy and was very muddy, so I wouldn’t recommend it
🐕 Dog friendly
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