Watlington (South Oxfordshire)Thame

Wattha one
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Distance

15km/9mi

Ascent

123m

Descent

90m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Watlington (South Oxfordshire) and Thame.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Watlington (South Oxfordshire) and Thame.

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Reviews - 1

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (1)

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Downloads - 2

Surveys

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DescriptionNote
Grade 3: Route includes rough surfaces that may include small boulders, potholes, shallow ruts, loose gravel, short muddy sections.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 2 surveys.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Not present at time of survey Public toilet (2)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (2)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (2)
Maybe present Accommodation (2)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (2)
Maybe present Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (2)
Maybe present Free wifi (2)
Maybe present Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (2)
Not present at time of survey Train station (2)
Present at time of survey Bench (2)
Present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (2)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (2)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (2)
Not present at time of survey Wading (2)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (2)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (2)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (2)
Maybe present Very slippery (2)
Maybe present Very muddy (2)
Maybe present Very icy (2)
Present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Maybe present Long grass sections (1)
Present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (2)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (2)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (2)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (2)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (2)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (2)
Not present at time of survey Fords (2)
Present at time of survey Narrow bridges (2)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (2)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (2)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (2)
Present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (2)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (2)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (2)
Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (2)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (2)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remove area (2)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (2)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (2)
Present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Maybe present Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (2)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (2)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (2)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 58.5cm (2)

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (2)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

43.0% of the route is on roads (2)

10.0% of the route is lit at night (2)

15.0% of the route is paved (2)

40.0% of the route is muddy (2)

17.5% of the route is over rough ground (2)

12.5% of the route is through long grass (2)

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2 surveys

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3X August 2021 by Nordic Walking
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3X January 2022 by Martin McGovern
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Geography information system (GIS) Data

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Start and end points

Watlington (South Oxfordshire)
Grid RefSU6896994483
Lat / Lon 51.64493° / -1.00462°
Easting / Northing468,969E / 194,483N
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Thame
Grid RefSP7064505914
Lat / Lon 51.74748° / -0.97809°
Easting / Northing470,645E / 205,914N
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Wattha One's land is

Arable 51.9%
Pasture 29.5%
Urban 18.6%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

Review


Martin McGovern

30 Jan 2022

After a section from Watlington to Pyrton, the route follows the Oxfordshire Way to Tetsworth, and then continues north into Thame.

The only significant section of road is near Pyrton: I walked this in January, and there wasn't much traffic about, but the survey by Nordic Walking notes that it can be busy. From Pyrton to Tetsworth, the path is well maintained and signed, as you'd expect for the Oxfordshire Way. The kissing gates are well maintained, these and a few stiles make the route unsuitable for anything with wheels. You can catch a glimpse of Shirburn Castle, just as you've left Pyrton, and the combination of Wheatfield Park Coach House and the nearby St Andrew's Church, Wheatfield (this latter in the middle of a field) is another surprising sight.

A cursory examination of the route on a map might make you think that a significant part of the Tetsworth-Thame is paved, but don't let that put you off: it's a very quiet farm track.

Tetsworth provides the only mid-route facilities, including weekday buses (route 275).


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