Visit to the Wytham woods in Oxford was a last minute plan. We went to the ice rink, to be told it was closed for training, so looked for the closest place on my list to visit.. ta da.. We headed towards Wytham woods (which is only about 15 minutes drive from central Oxford)
Now you need to have a permit to visit (which is free but you have to apply online HERE). We weren’t dressed for the occasion (wellies/waterproofs are a must!!) AND we did not have a map (note to self and to you all- never forget to take picture of a map on notice board before you head off anywhere, you don’t know where you will get lost and need it!!).. so yes, we did get lost. There are no sign posts ,and it’s highly unlikely you will see another person around, so once you are lost, you are lost!! Also there are no benches to rest on and nothing to eat or drink in sight or any toilets .. We eventually found our way around but only after doing about 5miles!! note to self–ALWAYS be prepared for all eventualities. The MAP can be downloaded from HERE
Now if you follow the tips above and organise yourself (unlike me), you will love this place – completely natural paradise!! And when you see it during autumn (or in bluebell season), you are in for a treat. There are colours to see, trees to be climbed, branches to swing on, logs to balance on, hills to run down on, leaves/sticks to collect, bird houses to count, bug hotels to spy on, sheep/cows to be found and Dens to be built- outdoor play at its best! If you know anything about trees (which I am not), this place must be a revelation but even for a lay person like me, their raw beauty was evident.
We parked in the carpark and then headed upwards, past the Oxford Anagama, and then entered via the main entrance, Gibson Gate.. This path is actually on a road, so is probably your best entrance if going with a buggy, however, once you go deep or stray away from the main route, it will be hard work not only because of the terrain but because there is an uphill portion too..
It’s a walk to be enjoyed, just by soaking in the nature.. if thats not your thing or if that bores your children, then stay away! If your little one doesn’t have good walking legs, this place is not for you as even the shortest circular route will be over a mile I think .. or don’t go too far into the woods and stick to the main routes..
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