A walk Around Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve (0401)

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    Start dateMay 29 2024
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    Time10:15 am
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    LocationOX49 5SD
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The walk will start at the main Nature Reserve office which is located near the bottom of Aston Hill/A40.
This circular walk will encompass Beacon Hill on the North side of the reserve; we will meet the sheep and learn how they, and other management tools, keep the chalk grassland in good condition.

Whilst watching the Red Kites dive above us, we’ll learn about their reintroduction; why our Junipers are so special; how we’ve addressed Ash die-back on site, and why we love our yellow meadow ants! We’ll finish the walk off with tea and locally sourced cake, back at the main office.

Additional information

This walk will involve meeting our sheep flocks, then taking a walk across the chalk grassland. We will provide hot and cold drinks at the end of the walk, as well as a selection of cakes from local bakeries – there is a toilet available at the start and end of the walk.

Dog-free walk

Route not suitable for mobility scooters, wheelchairs, or buggies due to rough terrain (steep hills, uneven footing) and steep chalky nature of the site. No stiles on the walk route, only gates.

Not suitable for young children.

Stephanie Wilson, Natural England. Natural England.
Parking and meeting at our main Reserve Office - https://what3words.com/friend.decorator.following
1.5 miles
Short walks (up to 3 miles)
3hours 15 minutes
Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers)
Yes (The Oxford to London Tube, Lewknor stop, stops at the base of Aston Hill. From there, you can walk up Aston Hill to the meeting location)