Thrupp Lake

Thrupp Lake

Date of Adventure: 7 Nov, 2023

A former gravel pit, Thrupp Lake has been transformed into a wildlife safe haven for many protected species – including otters.

Follow the clearly signposted circular route, at 1.7km it’s perfect for a stroll with little ones, and enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of nature. There is lots to stop and look at along the route too, you might spy a few fairy doors, plus there are trees to climb and stumps to leap off. The boardwalk and bridge offer good vantage points to gaze out over the water and take in the seasonal delights: damselflies and dragonflies in the summer, spectacular colours in autumn and a multitude of overwintering wetland birds in winter.

Lots of perfect picnic stops with nature kindly providing a comfy seat or two. Make sure to bring the wellies if it’s been raining as the puddles will plentiful and muddy, and don’t forget a flask of hot chocolate for the perfect pit stop.



Always Open
No booking required
No café
Not accessible due to terrain and gradient
17 minutes from Headington roundabout
35 to Gooseacre then a 1 mile walk
Free parking
The details


Thrupp Lake, Radley, OX14 3ND


Did you


The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers 324 square miles of countryside stretching across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire.

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