OxfordBerinsfield

Oxfber one
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Distance

15km/9mi

Ascent

63m

Descent

64m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Oxford and Berinsfield.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Oxford and Berinsfield.

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This route has been reviewed by 2 people.

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Photos for Oxfber one

Photo by Martin McGovern
Photo by Martin McGovern
Photo by Martin McGovern
Photo by Martin McGovern
Photo by Martin McGovern
Photo by Martin McGovern
Photo by Emmajt

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 2

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Problems reported -  No issues flagged

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Start and end points

Oxford
Grid RefSP5050306292
Lat / Lon 51.75306° / -1.26977°
Easting / Northing450,503E / 206,292N
What3Wordshidden.prep.round
Berinsfield
Grid RefSU5698996391
Lat / Lon 51.66342° / -1.17743°
Easting / Northing456,989E / 196,391N
What3Wordstrifling.crackles.songbook

Oxfber One's land is

Arable 35.1%
Pasture 42.3%
Urban 17.7%
Woods 4.9%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

 Reviews


Martin McGovern

13 Aug 2021

The route isn’t suitable for anything with wheels – there aren’t that many stiles, but there are several tight gates that would be a challenge, and significant sections can be muddy.
I tackled this route starting from Berinsfield, which has a different feel from other villages in the area, having been developed from an old RAF air base. The route is flat and varied, and relatively easy to follow.
I find that when a path cuts across a field, rather than around the edge of it, the path can be difficult to follow. This was particularly true of this route, with two significant sections (one running westward out of Marsh Baldon towards Nineveh Farm, and one from the A4074 to Lower Farm) being difficult to identify. The Marsh Baldon section was a wheatfield which had been harvested, and was therefore easy to cross, but the A4074-Lower Farm section had fully grown pea plants on it.
There are plenty of amenities at each end, though little else until you reach Sandford.
The previous review mentioned problems with bullocks in a field. I didn’t have the same problem at the same place, but there were several bullocks at Marsh Baldon. I could see them before I entered the field, and was able to avoid them by using the road for a short section.

Tricky Turns
Berinsfield to Oxford
1. Leaving March Baldon, the path continues straight as the road bends to the left.
2. At Lower Farm, the path appears to take you into a driveway. Be persistent – you’ll see a sign between two brick buildings, and follow that.
Oxford to Berinsfield
1. Having crossed the Thames at Sandford Lock, turn right as you leave the Kings Arms. The path twists and turns between the houses, but the signs help.

Photo by Martin McGovern
Photo by Martin McGovern
Photo by Martin McGovern
Photo by Martin McGovern
Photo by Martin McGovern
Photo by Martin McGovern

Emmajt

01 May 2021

I walked part of the Oxford to Berinsfield route with the intention of completing the whole route and doing a survey. We got as far as Sandford and having had to cross a stile to enter a set of fields heading to Lower Farm, we encountered a herd of young and frisky bullocks which were very interested in us and rushed us. Having become stuck in a corner of a field, we had to escape through barbed wire fence and wade through a ditch of mud to get away.
There didn't seem to be another route other than through a set of interconnected where the large herd was, so we decided to turn back. On another day, or later in the year, we might not have encountered the cows, and they might not have been so excitable, but it was enough to make us have concern for our safety and turn back.
The route has a number of obstacles that wheelers should be aware of, I am attaching the photos I took of them.

Photo by Emmajt

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