Walking & Cycling
On our doorstep & beyond
The Old Crown Coaching Inn is surrounded countryside, around which there are many stunning walks and cycle rides from right outside our front door. Below we have highlighted some of our favourite local walks, as well as a few walks/hikes a short car journey away.
Most walks start from Faringdon and are circular. Each walk has a map and clear instructions to follow, together with guidance on the countryside code and contact information. The walks have been designed to encourage those who like to walk, but are apprehensive about following detailed OS maps and walking into the unknown.
We have also listed some more walks below, but have not provided a walking map.
Faringdon, Radcot & Littleworth
This walk starts from the hotels front door and takes you to the River Thames. Here, you can visit the beautiful riverside pub, The Swan at Radcot, before continuing the walk along the riverside to Radcot Lock and returning to Faringdon via Littleworth. The route takes in two short sections of roadway, but the roads are usually extremely quiet. There are also a number of gates and stiles to climb.
Refreshments: The Old Swan, Radcot
Faringdon Folly, Buckland Warren and Hatford
Starting from the hotel, you make a short walk up to the Faringdon Folly. This unique & unusual 100ft Tower is Faringdon’s icon and the last major folly to be built in England. The route then takes you up through the Buckland Warren, a beautiful forrest estate biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. The walk then takes you into the picturesque village of Hatford before walking through more woodlands taking you back to Faringdon.
Faringdon, Wicklesham, The Folly and Folly Park
This easy walk stays very close to Faringdon and takes in the Folly, Folly Park and Wicklesham. The walk should take just over an hour. There are plenty of places you can eat & drink in Faringdon on route. The walk does take you across the A420, so please do take care crossing this busy road.
Faringdon, Fernham and Little Coxwell
This is a varied walk through fields and wooded areas with lovely views of White Horse Hill on the walk into Fernham.
You can start the walk directly from the Hotel or you can drive 1km and jump the start of your walk. There is parking for four or five cars on the road at the beginning of the walk, and plenty of places for refreshment in Faringdon, as well as the Eagle Tavern at Little Coxwell and The Woodman Inn in Fernham.
Little Coxwell & Fernham
Badbury Hill, including the Great Barn at Great Coxwell
This circular walk starts at Badbury Hill – known locally as Badbury Clump – the site of an Iron Age fort and renowned for bluebells in the Spring. Badbury Hill is a National Trust site a 5 minute drive from the Hotel. Passing close to the Great Barn at Great Coxwell, the walk is through open countryside and woodland, with views over the Vale of the White Horse.
It is a moderately difficult walk with some uphill paths. There is ample parking in the National Trust car park at Badbury Hill.