Why not take a walk up to see Faringdon Folly (open days see faringdonfolly.org.uk) and wander around the woodland. Can you spot the gun aimed at Faringdon, or Lord Berners up a tree? How many blackbirds can you see up in the trees around the willow pie? And where does the fairly useless bridge cross over to? It’s a lovely walk and the views are excellent, in late summer you can pick some wild cherries or apples for energy for your walk home.
Just outside Faringdon on the road to Highworth lies Badbury Clumps, a favourite for dog walkers and families alike.
The children will love running through the undergrowth, climbing trees and making dens.
A happy few hours can be spent getting lost among the branches.
Buscot lies off the road to Lechlade. Park in the designated car park and walk down to the weir. If it’s a lovely day why not take a picnic and sit in the water meadow or on a really hot day take a dip in the weir pool. Once you’ve eaten your picnic you can cross the river via the lock gate, watch a few boats pass through and help the lockkeeper open and close the gates. Then you either head downstream towards Radcot or upstream towards Lechlade. The river bends and winds through fields. Please keep to the towpaths and respect the farmer’s property. There are numerous bunkers for curious minds to explore and play in (carefully) along the way. If you walk far enough you will arrive at the Trout Inn for well deserved refreshment and a little farther will take you into Lechlade. Enjoy watching the tiny trout swimming in nursery pools along the Thames and if you’ve got a licence you could take your chance at crayfishing.
White Horse, Uffington Castle and Waylands Smithy
A little further afield lies the White Horse at Uffington. A leisurely walk up to the Horse offers panoramic views over the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire Country side as well as the chance to spot Buzzards and Red Kites. Carrying on up past the Horse you can visit Uffington Castle right on the very top of the Ridgeway. If you are feeling energetic you can walk west along the Ridgeway from the Castle to Waylands Smithy.