Blenheim Estate – Long Hanborough walk

Blenheim Estate – Long Hanborough walk

Date of Adventure: 9 May, 2023

A perfect, and perfectly beautiful, circular walk – you won’t believe the landscape you are walking through!

We originally spied this route on the Blenheim Estate website, although I suspect that this has long been a favourite walking route of many. It takes in lanes, woodland, streams and skirts the River Evenlode. We took the 45 minute route (see map in photos) but it ended up taking us 3 hours as there was so much to see and do along the way. It’s defo one to file for a grown up walk on the longer route.

It’s hard to name a favourite part. The river is glorious and so inviting, lots of banks to walk down and access the water from – I was with just my 2 eldest when I did this walk but do supervise closely as near all water. For a less stressful water experience, the route back will follow a very very shallow stream which children can walk in with wellies. The woodland is like something out of a film and spreads down the quite severe gradient of the hill, adding to its grandeur. Look out for the rope swing – swinging out over such a steep gradient is not for the faint hearted. My boys entered into it with gusto. I lost about 10 years off my life.

Things not to do: go off track on the advice of two children who have not been privy to the map and end up skidding down pretty much a sheer drop whilst said children laugh hysterically Do not then do the same thing coming back, but this time climbing up the hill and with the added stress of 2 coats that nobody else will carry. Also me. In short, stick to the paths.

 

AT A GLANCE

Free
Always open
No booking required
No cafe
Not accessible due to terrain and undulating landscape
19 minutes from Headington roundabout
S1, S2 and S7
Free on street parking
The details

Website

The start is signed opposite Wroslyn Rd OX29 8HU. Cross over Witney Rd (A4095) to start.

View on Google Maps

SEARCH ADVENTURES

Did you

Know?

The landscape architects that designed the new Sutton Courtenay Playground also designed the new Blenheim Palace Adventure Playground!

Fancy buying me a ko-fi?

Want to support my work?

Feel free to buy me a (strong!) coffee, it will help fuel my adventures near and far. Support can come in many form though: sharing my website in your school WhatsApp group or liking a Facebook post is equally appreciated. 

FEATURED

ADVENTURES

Begbroke – Bladon Bluebell walk
Begbroke – Bladon Bluebell walk

A beautiful bluebell walk connecting two Oxfordshire villages, with the bonus if a great playground too! Read more

Cotswold Sculpture Park
Cotswold Sculpture Park

Over 150 sculptures intertwined with acres of landscape. A 12 foot polar bear? Sure, we got you. Read more

The Cheese Shed
The Cheese Shed

The Cheese Shed, purveyor of the finest doorstop toasties in the world! Fill up then walk it off in the beautiful Chilterns. Read more

Loading...