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Farmoor Reservoir Countryside Walk

MODERATE 6 reviews

Farmoor Reservoir Countryside Walk is a 5.8 kilometer 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.

Distance: 5.8 km Elevation Gain: 134 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching



partially paved


wild flowers


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.

2 months ago

Easy circular route with fun obstacle section for kids.

2 months ago

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.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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

Friday, November 13, 2015

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

2 months ago

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