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Wessex Airscapes - Over the Downs Walk 1: Juniper Valley & Lowbury Hill

  • Location Oxfordshire
  • Price from £15.00
  • Cultural
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Mindful escape
  • Microadventure

Highlights

This walk is one of two walks in association with the renowned artist Anna Dillon and aerial landscape photographer Hedley Thorne.  Anna and Hedley have an exciting collaborative exhibition in September - 'Wessex Airscapes' - at the Sewell Gallery in Radley College, near Abingdon.  These walks add an extra dimension to the exhibition by taking us into their world though the historic landscape of the Nordic Wessex Downs which is the inspiration for their work and the exhibition.

The Walk:
Our walk start out from the pretty Oxfordshire village of Aston Tirrold, nestled at the foot of the North Wessex Downs.  Historic downland tracks and paths lead us up to Lowbury Hill and the Ridgeway National Trail before returned through the hidden world of Juniper Valley.  This is a walk of awesome panoramic views and along the way we take time to discover the rich landscape steeped in history from the prehistoric Ridgeway, a Roman Temple, a Saxon Battle and a vanished railway! The chalk hills are adorned with wild flowers and home to hares, skylarks, yellowhammers and curlew.

What will it be like:
  • 8 miles / 13 km
  • 4.5 - 5 hrs
  • A fairly strenuous walk at a moderate pace with stops at points of interest along the way
  • Mainly established good paths and tracks but rutted and rough in places and can be muddy after rain
  • Total ascent 650 ft / 200m - one long ascent and some undulation
  • Open downland exposed to weather (sun, rain, wind)
  • No facilities on route





Can I bring my dog? Sorry, dogs are not permitted on this walk.

Other dates:
  • This walk takes place on Thursday 22 July and Saturday 7th August.
  • You might also like our Wessex Airscapes Walk 2:  Streatley Warren & Lowbury Hill - up from Streatley (Rectory Road) (6 miles / 10 km) on Wed 28 July & Mon 9 August.






The Weather:
The weather in the south of England is relatively mild but can be changeable. We walk in all weathers unless we consider it is unsafe to do so. If we need to change our itinerary or walking routes due to weather conditions we will let you know. Please check the Met Office forecast before your walk, ensure that you wear suitable outdoor footwear and clothing and come prepared for whatever the weather! If you need advice, please get in touch.
Participation Statement:
When booking and participating in our activities you acknowledge that walking, like all outdoor activity, has a danger of personal injury. There are many variables including, but not limited to, weather, personal fitness level, terrain features and outdoor experience that must be considered prior to walking. You voluntarily choose to take part and are aware of and accept these risks and are responsible for your own actions and involvement. Please read the walk description carefully. Bookings and your participation on the day are accepted on the understanding that you, and those you are booking on behalf of, are medically and physically fit to take part in the activity.
If you have any concerns you should discuss this with us prior to booking and participating.

This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:

  • Corporates
  • Families
  • School groups

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Effort Level

You’ll be working up a sweat. Bring along a touch of enthusiasm and a little determination

  • Chilled
  • Active
  • Tough

Inclusions

    What's included

  • Other Expert local walk guide. We plan for Anna and Hedley to join us on this walk and if we are lucky, we may experience Hedley's drone photography in action (subject to weather conditions)

    What you'll need

  • Warm Clothing Comfortable outdoor clothing, including waterproofs in case of rain, and comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • Waterproofs
  • Food Some snacks to keep you going - we will have a break along the way.
  • Drink
  • Other A small rucksack for personal provisions, including extra clothing, snacks and water etc. Don't forget your camera!

Cancellations

Custom Policy

If you need to cancel your booking please get in touch. 
Refunds are only available if you cancel at least 14 days before the date on which the activity is scheduled to start.  Please note that any refunds are subject to reduction of the booking and payment processing fee. 
If you cancel up to 2 days before the activity, we may be able to offer you an alternative date or the option to transfer your booking to another activity within 6 months and up to the same value.

Location

Oxfordshire

Provider

Pipsticks Walks

Pipsticks Walks

Pipsticks Walks is the experience provider for Wessex Airscapes - Over the Downs Walk 1: Juniper Valley & Lowbury Hill