Brill

Buckinghamshire


Slow Ways linking Brill and Aylesbury, Bicester, Kidlington, Oxford, Steeple Claydon, Thame, Winslow

Progress towards triple-checked route options for Brill’s seven Slow Ways: 39%

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 4/7
verified: 0/7
and surveyed: 0/7

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Walk to Brill from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Bicester—Brill
Bicbri one Verify me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 47m Descent 161m
Brill—Aylesbury
Briayl one Pioneer me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 190m Descent 284m
Brill—Steeple Claydon
Briste one Pioneer me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 104m Descent 202m
Brill—Thame
Britha one Verify me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 137m Descent 249m
Brill—Winslow
Briwin one Pioneer me Distance 24km/15mi Ascent 268m Descent 339m
Kidlington—Brill
Kidbri one Verify me Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 93m Descent 215m
Kidlington—Brill
Kidbri two Verify me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 94m Descent 215m
Oxford—Brill
Oxfbri one

Double check Distance 29km/18mi Ascent 163m Descent 289m
Oxford—Brill
Oxfbri two Review me Distance 27km/17mi Ascent 206m Descent 331m

Collective progress

50% of Brill’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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3 people have contributed to Brill’s Slow Ways

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3 people have surveyed a route in Brill

127km out of 190km have been walked and reviewed

182km of reviews have been shared in Brill

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I’d agree with the previous reviewer that walking in the opposite direction gives a more satisfying conclusion, finishing with great views from Brill over the surrounding countryside, however this leg was part of a longer journey so not possible for us and we concluded walking through the housing and commercial developments around Bicester....

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We walked this route from Thame to Brill in late August 2022, after a long period without rain, so the terrain was invariably firm under foot....

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Martin McGovern surveyed Kidbri one

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I haven't flagged this route for safety, but please heed the warning above, and don't try this route in winter, or when the Cherwell is running high. One other point: I explored another route, which goes under the A34 where it crosses the Cherwell. Having got the route explanations out of the way, nearly all of this route is the same as Kidbri Two, so I've simply repeated the body of the text from that....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern took this photo on Kidbri one

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Definitely not one for wheels - there are several stiles, particularly nearer Brill, and the path is frequently muddy, even in summer. As you head out from Elsfield downhill towards Oxford, the odd doubling-back is required to cross a ditch, before you head to the Oxford Ring Road (where there are traffic lights, so you can cross safely)....

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Martin McGovern surveyed Bicbri one

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If you have a choice, I'd recommend doing this route from Bicester to Brill, rather than the other way round - the ascent into Brill is more picturesque than the approach to Bicester Village station and the town centre. In either direction, you'll have to cross the A41 between Bicester and the Ambrosden road. Also going from Brill to Bicester, approaching Ambrosden, the official route makes a diagonal cut through a new housing development...

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern took this photo on Bicbri one

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Martin McGovern surveyed Kidbri two

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Kidlington—Brill

Martin McGovern added Kidbri two, a new walk from Kidlington to Brill

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One obstacle - the ditch near Sermin's Copse doesn't have a bridge - it isn't very wide but the bushes along it are quite dense, which makes crossing it by jumping a little challenging....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern took this photo on Kidbri two

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The section along the B4495 (Marston Ferry Road) veers to the left (starting from Brill), and crosses the Cherwell some way from the road. Starting from Brill, there are impressive views, including the TV mast at Beckley, marking the approximate half-way point of the route. Shops are available in Brill itself, in Oakley, and the Oxford area. Tricky turns - Brill to Oxford1 As you leave Oakley Road, take the farm track (not the path). tricky turns - Oxford to Brill....

Martin McGovern

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Oxford—Brill

Martin McGovern added Oxfbri two, a new walk from Oxford to Brill

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It is pretty nice, though there are a few places that I think would be difficult or impossible to pass in a wheel chair (a couple of small bridges [photo 2] that require a step up, a very steep stepless bridge and a section of path with big roots and no way around [photo 3]). Also the bit where a detour via the Victoria Arms adds two quite difficult road crossings (crossing Marston ferry and then crossing back to get to the pedestrian path on the side) as well as making the root longer, so I cut that off....

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Large parts of the route are pretty straight, and go across fields, so there aren't too many tricky turns. Tricky turns - Brill to Thame. After crossing the Chilton-Chearsley road, the route skirts round Wombwell Farm2 Tricky turns - Thame to Brill....

Martin McGovern

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Martin McGovern took this photo on Britha one

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Bicester—Brill

Slow Ways added Bicbri one, a new walk from Bicester to Brill

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Brill—Aylesbury

Slow Ways added Briayl one, a new walk from Brill to Aylesbury

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Brill—Steeple Claydon

Slow Ways added Briste one, a new walk from Brill to Steeple Claydon

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Brill—Thame

Slow Ways added Britha one, a new walk from Brill to Thame

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Brill—Winslow

Slow Ways added Briwin one, a new walk from Brill to Winslow

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Kidlington—Brill

Slow Ways added Kidbri one, a new walk from Kidlington to Brill

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Oxford—Brill

Slow Ways added Oxfbri one, a new walk from Oxford to Brill

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Brill’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SP6544213788

Lat / Lon

51.81890° / -1.05196°

Easting / Northing

465,442E / 213,788N

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