Charlbury and the Secret Forest

East of Bridewell Farm © Brian Robert Marshall
Track near Hill Barn Farm Cottages © Philip Halling
Cornfield near Walcot © SA Mathieson

A mountain bike trail that circles what remains of the ancient Wychwood Forest, taking in the villages of Ascott under Wychwood, Leafield, Stonesfield, North Leigh and the small town of Charlbury. Take your time to enjoy this delightful corner of rural Oxfordshire.

This trail has been provided by Oxfordshire County Council Countryside Service. Download and print the trail leaflets: Map 1, Map 2, Map 3, Map 4.

Holiday Cottages

Beautiful holiday cottages across the Oxfordshire countryside and ideally located in the historic towns and cities

Cottages and self-catering accommodation perfectly located for walking and cycling the trails of the Cotswolds

Readers' Comments

  • Mon 10 Jun 2013, 09:57

    We rode this route at the weekend and it was a nice sunny afternoon for it. The route wasn’t very technically difficult, so anyone could ride it but offroad tyres are probably a must. Like the last point It could get muddy in the wet. One key point is I WOULDN’T start where it tells you. We parked at Charlbury because it was closet to us. But we had a right old laugh when we got to the start point. It is just a cross roads in the middle of nowhere, therefore nowhere to park and quite difficult to actual establish if you’re in the right place. Charlbury looked the best place to start/park. Had a public car park with a toilet block next to it.

  • Mon 15 Aug 2011, 18:39
    Al Blasdale

    This was a great half day's cycle. Good mix of small quiet roads and bridletracks, some on the edge of fields, many through woodlands and between hedgerows. The route is not too hilly but it is certainly not flat and boring!There are some fun downhills. Charlbury is a good place to stop - pubs, delis etc. so lunch no problem.Most of the tracks were easy to follow - you do have to use the map regularly though and keep a close eye out for the bridleway signs.We did this route in August and it was very dry. Some of the wooded tracks could be very soggy in the winter we think!