Welcome to the OXFORD GROUP home page
Thank you for showing an interest in our area. We are mainly a walking group, with the additional attraction of a few invited suppers, BBQs, Christmas events, etc. Most of our regular members are males over forty, but we do attract and of course welcome younger males and ladies.
We are a fairly new and small group formed from the much larger BERKS & MID THAMES GROUP (hereafter referred to as "BERKS") to focus on the Oxford area. Many of our members contribute to BERKS events and vice versa.
You don't have to be a member to either enquire about or attend our walks. We recommend you attend a few of our walks (and those of other groups – we have varying habits and walk characteristics) before committing to membership.
When we meet
The OXFORD group meets mainly on the FIRST SATURDAY of the month for a fairly easy eight-mile circular walk. Note that during the months of June to September BERKS hold not only their regular third Sunday of the month meeting but also afternoon and evening walks which may be held on or close to the first Saturday. When those take place, OXFORD members will support the larger BERKS activities, often advertised as joint events.
The OXFORD group covers an area within a fifteen mile radius of Oxford with further walks from railway stations from Charlbury in the north west of the area to Goring in the south east.
Unless otherwise stated both BERKS and OXFORD walks involve a meal stop at a reasonably priced public house in the middle of the walk, or at the end. We recommend you bring a drink and light refreshments for stops along the way. Dogs are welcome, though it is best to check with the leader in case this requirement gets overlooked. Often members come and join us just for the meal and/or half the walk. Getting you back to public house's car park is no trouble.
The majority of our members have their own vehicles, and are prepared to arrange mutually convenient pick-up points on the way to and from the event. Please contact for advice and liaison with other members on an event-by-event arrangement.
Some members rely more on public transport. Our co-ordinator and other members may have limited knowledge of bus and rail times so it would be best to check these for yourself. Every effort is made to ensure start times accommodate public transport users. As a general rule we will start at the time stated in the programme, though we can wait a little while if a member phones through to warn that they may be late or are on their way but have been held up.
The OXFORD GROUP makes every effort to get walks advertised on the web and in the newsletter at least two months before the event. However at the moment - with some internet access issues - I ask that if you can, you make enquiries by SMS text.
Bill & Ben
Feel free to contact at any reasonable time, and again thank you for enquiring. Bill.
This page last updated 27 Aug 2011
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