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Sat 8. Woodstock & Blenheim Park, Oxon.

Event Details

Restarting Events

We are restarting some events with the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Walks can once again take place in England, Scotland and Wales, and will be run in accordance with local regulations.   In most cases our walks will allow for a maximum of 30 participants, although a lower limit may be in place following an event's risk assessment.   All walks require every participant to pre-book via the website.

General information

Meeting in Woodstock for a leisurely 6 mile circular walk through the extensive landscaped Blenheim Park, Grade 1 listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest .

Stunning views of the famous Blenheim Palace and lake, home to the Duke's of Marlborough, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

No admission charges to the palace and gardens are payable as we will be following public rights of way through the surrounding parkland, a large undulating park, and a classic example of the English landscape garden movement and style.

A grand bridge was built in the early 18th C, to cross the not so grand river Glyme, which passes through the park.  The bridge is so large it includes in excess of 30 rooms.  The arrival in 1764 of Capability Brown resulted in the damming of the river Glyme to create the huge lake that you will see today, and in doing so submerging the lower stories and rooms of the bridge under water, where they still remain.

On this walk you will also see the cascades, where water flows out of the grand lake, walk past the famous Column of Victory, and explore some of the quieter corners of the park, probably accompanied by various sheep and deer.

Terrain / Difficulty

An easy walk, fairly flat and mostly on good paths. Possibly a little mud in a few places in wet weather, but nothing significant.

Approximate Distance

6 miles

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