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Farmoor Reservoir Countryside Walk is a 3.6 mile loop trail located near Oxford, Oxfordshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 439 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Partially paved River Wild flowers Wildlife
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A circular walk following the rural footpaths which surround Thames Water's Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire. The walk is a lovely mix with chance to enjoy views across the reservoir (a popular sailing spot), one stretch along the banks of the River Thames, plus sections of wetland and mixed woodland. The area is very popular with bird watchers and you don't need to be an expert to enjoy the variety of birds that make the most of the varied habitats. The walk follows mostly unmade paths which are narrow in part and can get fairly muddy after periods of rain and in winter. There are several gates to negotiate, but no stiles and the route is relatively flat with just a couple of steady slopes. Dogs are welcome on this countryside walk, but please ensure you stick to the route described as dogs are not allowed on the other paths around the reservoir. There are public toilets in the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

There are public toilets in the car park at the start of the walk.

Farmoor is located about 5 miles west of Oxford. The walk starts and finishes from the Visitor Car Park (Gate 3) for Farmoor Reservoir. The car park is a "pay on exit system" and costs £2 per day (correct Spring 2018). The car park is accessed through Gate 3 for Farmoor Reservoir which is accessed from Cumnor Road in Farmoor (marked with brown tourism signs). Approximate post code OX2 9NS.

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Francisco Obando
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Nice walk. Unfortunately, we didn’t pay attention to the map and ended up just walking along the cement path on the edge of the reservoir, saw swans and various other water fowl, but somehow still feel like we missed out.

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Caroline Shaw
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Lovely trail around a reservoir (although you don’t see much of it) but there is a river which you follow - lovely. Lots of picnic spots and shady wooded areas too. Usually a Small fee for car parking but it was free today. Easy flat walk, loads of wildlife. Highly recommend

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Melissa Bowerman
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Easy circular route with fun obstacle section for kids.

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Chris Allinson
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Hiking

Its a nice walk, it has a particularly nice part alongside the river. It also has a few toilets along the route, which is quite handy. Some parts could do with a bit of cutting back, but all in all, it's decent.

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Simon Holmes
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Very enjoyable walk today, glorious sunshine and 29 degrees. No longer overgrown, pretty flat walk with some stunning views of the Thames along the way, and several benches to sit and enjoy the view

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Christine Jennings
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Did this very enjoyable walk yesterday (Thursday 12th November 2015) and car park charge was only £1.

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Niall Malone
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Alejandro Cámara
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Reza Shirazi
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Mohammad Emami
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Connor Baker
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Guy Robinson
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Vince.cath@tiscali.co.uk Owen
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