Blenheim Park – Combe Gate

Blenheim Park – Combe Gate

Date of Adventure: 31 Aug, 2023

There’s a lot of (free!) gates into Blenheim Park but this one is far and away our favourite, and a route that we do at least twice a month.

First we have to give a mention to the beautiful bench near the entrance of Combe gate. It’s carved out of a 500 year old fallen oak tree and took 50 hours to complete by chainsaw artist Matthew Crabb. The design features giant oak leaves and visitors are invited to sit and contemplate the world on it. It really is a stunning piece of art.

The park is such a pleasure to walk through and you can either stick to the path or go off piste – we cut across the grass at some points which make for a slightly shorter circular walk. Children are permitted to ride push-bikes, balance bikes, tricycles and (push) scooters on the paths and the smooth tarmac path is a good surface to do it on. In fact, it’s a great place to learn to ride a bike in general, with some gentle slopes for confidence building, as well as some serious slopes for the thrill-seekers. You’ll find lots of people out walking with buggies, dog walkers, young cyclists and a fair few runners too plus lots of noisy pheasants!

 

AT A GLANCE

Free
9am - 6pm
No booking required
No cafe
Accessible for all on the paths. Kissing gate entrance that wheelchair users and buggies (unless folded) will struggle to access
24 minutes from Headington roundabout
S3 to Stonesfield Rd in Combe then short walk
Free roadside parking on the road leading up to Combe Gate
The details

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Combe Lodge, East End, Witney, OX29 8ND will take you to the gate, park in the lane before the sign.

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