Geo-Trips :: Exploring some South Oxfordshire countryside

South Oxfordshire

A walk from King Charles Head, Fri, 13 Feb 2009 by Graham Horn

I've uploaded this in February 2012, recalling a previous February when the sun came out and it was time to start exploring again.

I see that this trip I parked at the King Charles Head pub, closed for refurbishment at the time unfortunately. The significant features seem to be some lovely woodland walking, but on a very muddy bridleway I recall, taking lots of photos of alpacas, and the last of the snow by the Thames at Pangbourne. The latter were not on the walking part of the route, but I stopped when I drove back over Whitchurch bridge back into Berkshire.

I can't remember the exact route, so I'll have to post this trip and then look at the map. Ah, yes, I see now.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SU6678 : The King Charles Head by Graham Horn
The King Charles Head
The pub sign for this former pub still hangs outside. The pub is here [[[1166729]]]

SU6678 : The King Charles Head by Graham Horn
The King Charles Head
This former pub is boarded up. There is work going on inside though. Whether... more

SU6578 : Collins End by Graham Horn
Collins End
House and paddock in this spread out hamlet.

SU6678 : Holly Copse by Graham Horn
Holly Copse
House and hamlet in the spread out hamlet of Collins End.

SU6578 : Geese at Collins End by Graham Horn
Geese at Collins End
Part of Holmes's Farm.

SU6578 : Holmes's Farm by Graham Horn
Holmes's Farm
The farm at Collins End has an apostrophe and an extra "s". The hamlet... more

SU6578 : Towards Pathhill Farm by Graham Horn
Towards Pathhill Farm
The afternoon shadows appear longer because they run down into the combe north of... more

SU6578 : Combe near Pathhill Farm by Graham Horn
Combe near Pathhill Farm
Looking north, across a combe from Pathhill Farm towards Holmes's Farm.

SU6578 : Left after the snow by Graham Horn
Left after the snow
About a week after the snow, toboggan, and tray and a hat remain next to the... more

SU6478 : View from Path Hill by Graham Horn
View from Path Hill
The field is in the square. Beyond, the view is over the Thames valley at Purley... more

SU6478 : Path Hill by Graham Horn
Path Hill
Insignificant arable land on a scarp to the north of the Thames.

SU6478 : Farm track south of Whitchurch Hill by Graham Horn
Farm track south of Whitchurch Hill
This is a windswept plateau, only broken up here by an avenue of trees along the... more

SU6378 : Approaching Whitchurch Hill by Graham Horn
Approaching Whitchurch Hill
The first of the houses in the village, from the footpath to the south-east.

SU6378 : Green at Whitchurch Hill by Graham Horn
Green at Whitchurch Hill
On the south-western side of the village to the south of the church. The merest... more

SU6378 : Houses at Whitchurch Hill by Graham Horn
Houses at Whitchurch Hill
A busy road north from Whitchurch toll bridge passes these houses, with the green... more

SU6378 : Green at Whitchurch Hill by Graham Horn
Green at Whitchurch Hill
A pile of snow remains, probably where it has been gathered together to make a... more

SU6378 : Pond at Whitchurch Hill by Graham Horn
Pond at Whitchurch Hill
It appears that the village pond is now incorporated into the curtilage of Butler's Farm.

SU6478 : Village well by Graham Horn
Village well
The remains of the workings of the well still exist, although the roof has... more

SU6479 : Bridleway at Whitchurch Hill by Graham Horn
Bridleway at Whitchurch Hill
This very muddy bridleway splits the village into two.

SU6479 : The Sun at Hill Bottom by Graham Horn
The Sun at Hill Bottom
This is the pub for Whitchurch Hill, in a part of the village known as Hill... more

SU6479 : Paddock at Hill Bottom by Graham Horn
Paddock at Hill Bottom
The strong afternoon sun was casting long shadows over this paddock. The hedges... more

SU6479 : Copyhold Farm by Graham Horn
Copyhold Farm
A fine brick and flint building to the east of Whitchurch Hill.

SU6579 : Alpacas at Goring Heath by Graham Horn
Alpacas at Goring Heath
There is a large field here devoted to the breeding of alpacas, probably for their... more

SU6579 : Alpaca at Goring Heath by Graham Horn
Alpaca at Goring Heath
There is a large field here devoted to the breeding of alpacas, probably for their... more

SU6579 : Alpacas at Goring Heath by Graham Horn
Alpacas at Goring Heath
There is a large field here devoted to the breeding of alpacas, probably for their... more

SU6579 : Alpacas at Goring Heath by Graham Horn
Alpacas at Goring Heath
There is a large field here devoted to the breeding of alpacas, probably for their... more

SU6579 : Alpacas at Goring Heath by Graham Horn
Alpacas at Goring Heath
There is a large field here devoted to the breeding of alpacas, probably for their... more

SU6579 : Alpacas at Goring Heath by Graham Horn
Alpacas at Goring Heath
There is a large field here devoted to the breeding of alpacas, probably for their... more

SU6579 : Alpaca at Goring Heath by Graham Horn
Alpaca at Goring Heath
There is a large field here devoted to the breeding of alpacas, probably for their... more

SU6579 : Alpacas at Goring Heath by Graham Horn
Alpacas at Goring Heath
There is a large field here devoted to the breeding of alpacas, probably for their... more

SU6579 : Alpacas at Goring Heath by Graham Horn
Alpacas at Goring Heath
There is a large field here devoted to the breeding of alpacas, probably for their... more

SU6579 : Combe at Collins End by Graham Horn
Combe at Collins End
The combe runs towards Westholme Farm and is mainly sheep or alpaca pasture.

SU6579 : Snowdrops at Ladygrove Farm by Graham Horn
Snowdrops at Ladygrove Farm
The snowdrops have come up in profusion on this footpath.

SU6579 : Goring Heath Post Office by Graham Horn
Goring Heath Post Office
This is a former rural post office, which used to also have a very good tea room.... more

SU6579 : Footpath towards Haw Farm by Graham Horn
Footpath towards Haw Farm
The track only leads to the farm. The footpath turns sharp right here.

SU6679 : Towards Holme Copse by Graham Horn
Towards Holme Copse
A footpath crosses this very flinty arable field on the way to the extensive... more

SU6679 : Junction at Little College Wood by Graham Horn
Junction at Little College Wood
There are many permissive tracks through these woods, as well as a bridleway and a... more

SU6679 : Little College Wood by Graham Horn
Little College Wood
There are some very popular walks through these woods, lovely with the dappling sun.

SU6779 : Pond in Nuney Copse by Graham Horn
Pond in Nuney Copse
Probably a former clay pit that has been worked out and is now flooded.

SU6779 : Timber operations in Nuney Copse by Graham Horn
Timber operations in Nuney Copse
These log piles are the same as those photographer by Simon Mortimer here... more

SU6678 : Entrance to Gutteridge's Wood by Graham Horn
Entrance to Gutteridge's Wood
The start of two paths into the well-walked woodland. The white circle is flour... more

SU6376 : Thames at Pangbourne by Graham Horn
Thames at Pangbourne
Looking north across the fast flowing swollen river, with Whitchurch toll bridge... more

SU6376 : Thames at Pangbourne by Graham Horn
Thames at Pangbourne
Sunset on a blustery day. The river is flowing fast and swollen from the melting... more

SU6376 : Thames at Pangbourne by Graham Horn
Thames at Pangbourne
The river is flowing fast and is swollen from the melting of the recent snow. It... more

SU6376 : Thames at Pangbourne by Graham Horn
Thames at Pangbourne
The river is flowing fast and is swollen from the melting of the recent snow. It... more

SU6376 : Thames at Pangbourne by Graham Horn
Thames at Pangbourne
The river is flowing fast and is swollen from the melting of the recent snow. It... more

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