Walks in the area
Heath Farm is set on the edge of the beautiful Swere Valley and has not only great views but also great access to lovely walks. Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds there are great walks in the area in all directions from the farm.
Whether you prefer short walks, or an all dayer, there are plenty of footpaths and quiet country roads to walk along and lots to see in the countryside surrounding Heath Farm.
The main favorite routes are either to Great Tew, Swerford, Hook Norton, South Newington or Milcombe although there’s plenty of other locations to choose from. All these locations also benefit from having great pubs to rest your weary feet and to get a refreshing drink and food to sustain yourself for the journey back to Heath Farm.
For Great Tew it’s best to cut through to the road to Deddington and walk for about 1/4 mile on the road side and then take a right hand turn down “The Avenue”. The turning is opposite a farm on a crossroad of sorts. The Avenue is part of the stunning Great Tew Estate which is arguably one of the prettiest and most sought after locations to live in Oxfordshire. Mature trees and woodland are on either side and as you go down the hill you start to experience the beauty of your surroundings. The Avenue runs downhill for about 1/2 mile before it levels out and the smooth tarmac road which serves a beautiful, recently converted country house turns back into a more traditional mud track. After another mile of walking you enter the back of Great Tew and are greeted by the sight of thatched cottages in this the most traditional village in the area. The Falkland Arms pub is about 1/4 up the gentle hill on the left, alongside the old school and just past the old Post Office.
Swerford and Hook Norton
Another favorite walk is to Swerford. If you’re feeling adventurous then another 2 miles of walking will lead you to Hook Norton. Home of the famous Hooky Brewery. For Swerford you can walk through the woodland at Heath Farm and join the road to Wiggington. There are two options. Either follow the river Swere upstream which is only 200 meters off our land or carry on along the road for another 300 meters until you reach the old gated road which also leads to Swerford. There’s an interesting water feature in the East End which was built by Swerford Park many years ago. For those willing to take the rewarding walk onto Hook Norton there are sections where you can walk alongside the great viaduct which used to serve the village. There’s also old train tunnels which are now home to many bats.
Newington and Milcome
For South Newington and Milcome (home to the Horse and Groom Pub) you can walk downstream the River Swere. It’s more like a brook as it’s right near the start of the river. There’s an interesting mill and mill house in Wiggington which is half way to South Newington. There’s also another old mill nearby the Manor House when you enter South Newington from alongside the river. To get to Milcombe you can cut along footpaths or head up the hill by the main road.
As part of the Green Tourism scheme we are also part of the Walkers Welcome scheme. This means we have a plenty of information at hand on walks and rambling routes in the local area. These can be found in the games room which is alongside the drying room. It also means we have a safe drying room area where you can dump your wet and muddy boots and clothes if you manage to get caught out in the rain! We also have a great range of wellington boots in many sizes plus waterproof Anoraks you can borrow whenever you need.