Access

Buscot Estate Circular walks (£5,000 Grundon, 2017)

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This project is a sister project to the Coleshill Circular Walks, providing improved access, clear way marking for four circular walks on the Buscot Estate. These walks are being published both online in a downloadable format and as a leaflet.

The footpaths on Buscot estate have been surveyed by volunteers. Volunteers lined up to put the way markers in place and survey the routes for additional way marking posts. These volunteers include a group of disaffected boys from Oxford who have been excluded from school in addition to my retired general volunteers.

The proposed walks have been very well received by Buscot villagers and the Buscot Tea Rooms, who will help to publicise the walks. We will be holding a Launch Walk on Thursday the 20 September at 6.00pm. This will be a guided walk following the Red Route.

Oxford Landscape and Views

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Grant: £5,000

The Oxford Preservation Trust has created a new two-and-a-half mile circular route at the Old Berkeley Golf Course in Boars Hill, overlooking the classic 'dreaming spires' view of Oxford. 

Opened in early October 2016, the site now has new signs, improved access points and a new footpath, making it much easier for people to access and enjoy the area.

Cuttlebrook Footbridge

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Grant: £5,000

Thame’s Cuttlebrook Nature Reserve provides a valuable green space in the town, somewhere for local people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive. 

TOE funds supported a sturdy new footbridge which is accessible to all and improves links with local rights of way.  The bridge was designed and built by local volunteers, with grant funding used to purchase materials.

Chilterns Path Volunteers

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The South Chilterns Path Maintenance Volunteers is a well-supported volunteer group which improves local rights of way across the South Chilterns. 

TOE has supported several of their excellent projects, which offer good value for money and make real improvements to countryside access across the area.

Bloxham Circular Walk

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Enhancing a new circular walk around Bloxham by improving access to the local countryside and creating safe, easily accessible paths.  There are options for a longer and a shorter waymarked route, with attractive views of the village and its rural setting. 

TOE supported new gates and steps and improved drainage.  The walk is now enjoyed by many local people, including the local health walk group. TOE is looking to fund more circular routes around Oxfordshire’s villages.