Towns and Villages served by the Cotswold Line Railbus
village lies in a valley on the south bank of the
river Evenlode and is famed for the historic forest of
The east end of the village is known as Ascott
d'Oyley. The Church is late 12th century and has a
modern tapestry of village scenes. There is a lovely
easy circular walk of 2½ miles through Ascott d'Oyley
to the river, crossing by a footbridge, returning
along the north bank to the road and back across the
river to the village green.
On the village green in the centre of the village,
a bench around the
Chestnut tree is a memorial to the Ascott Martyrs - 16
brave women who suffered brief imprisonment in 1873
during the fight for a minimum wage for agricultural
The village has a good pub, the Swan, which offers
a warm welcome to families, has an attractive garden
and serves food all day. There is an award-winning
village shop. Bed and Breakfast accommodation is
available, making it an excellent base for touring the
traditionally known as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’, is one of
England's prettiest small medieval towns. Nestling along the slope
of the hill down through the trees to the River Windrush, Burford is
steeped in history and rich in architectural heritage.
The gentle rolling hills of the surrounding countryside are perfect
for walking, cycling or horse riding. People have lived and worked here
for over 6,000 years. The natural scenery is breathtaking making it an
area of outstanding natural beauty.
Burford has a broad main High Street lined with old houses, cottages and
shop fronts which appear to have changed little for hundreds of years.
Take time to explore the side streets and snatch glimpses of hidden
treasures through intriguing alleyways and courtyards between the
seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings. See the awe inspiring
splendour of the cathedral like parish church built from the wealth of
the wool trade. Investigate the delights the independent antique shops
and galleries have to offer, enjoy some light refreshments from the wide
choice of hotels, pubs and teashops.
little market town, with its award-winning pubs and inns, colourful
cottage gardens and houses built of warm local stone boasts a lovely
location in the Evenlode Valley, within the “Golden Triangle” of
Woodstock, Burford and Chipping Norton.
The remnants of the ancient royal hunting forest of Wychwood reach
right to the town, providing a popular haunt for cyclists and walkers
attracted to their secluded footpaths and quiet country lanes. A total
of ten courses within a radius of ten miles ensures that golf
enthusiasts are well-served too.
Charlbury is just the place to sample a taste of Oxfordshire
community life. Shops and pubs have a warm, friendly feeling; the local
museum celebrates a variety of traditional crafts and skills; even the
station is picturesque.
The town can offer a number of shops including two supermarkets, as
well as four pubs, (The Bell, The Bull, The Rose and Crown and Ye Olde
Three Horseshoes), a gift shop, a bookshop, a wedding dress shop, an
oven shop, a newsagents, a garage, a second-hand car shop, two estate
agents, a men's hairdressers, a women's hairdressers, a post office, and
Accommodation is available at two of the town's pubs, The Bell and The
Bull, and there is a campsite for tents and touring caravans at Banbury
Hill Farm, about half a mile from the town.
Home-grown events include a free two-day Riverside Music Festival in
June and a charity Beer Festival in July and the town also a base for
visitors attending the nearby Cornbury Music Festival, hailed in the
media as “Britain’s coolest festival” and “the only rock festival for
For more information, visit the websites for the
Charlbury Beer Festival,
Riverside Festival or
The Cornbury Music Festival, also
the Charlbury Visitors Guide
Norton (“Chippy” to the locals), is the highest town in Oxfordshire,
situated on the western slopes of a hillside that was once the site of a
Norman castle. Formerly a major wool-trading town, its weekly market (on
Wednesday) and monthly farmers’ market continues its earliest tradition,
for “Chipping” means market.
The lively town has a vibrancy about it, but is unpretentious and the
lives of those who live and work there have so far not been overshadowed
by the effects of tourism - in other words its a 'real' Cotswold town
with 'real' shops.
The Guildhall, Town Hall and Almshouses are all of historic interest
but the great wool church of St Mary the Virgin is outstanding, having
one of the finest interiors of all Cotswold churches. A theatre, museum
and leisure centre bring attractions up to date. Chippy’s most stunning
landmark is 19th-century Bliss Mill, with its majestic façade and dome
based chimney. Built for the production of high-quality tweed, the mill
has now been converted into luxury apartments.
Chipping Norton offers the visitor plenty of retail therapy including
many well-known high street shops, and several antique shops together
with a wide selection of restaurants, inns and pubs.
is a peaceful and tranquil village, about 2½ miles south of Charlbury.
It is a hilly village dating back to 1135 and faces south east over the
Evenlode valley. There is a small
village shop and
post office, and both pubs - The Crown and Plough Inn - offer food and
accommodation for visitors.
Finstock, along with its neighbours Charlbury, Fawler and Leafield,
developed in a clearing of Wychwood Forest, which was cleared to allow
the growing of arable crops. During the Middle Ages barley was the main
crop, and today, arable farming remains the main farming activity -
barley, wheat and oilseed rape.
Kingham is a beautiful unspoilt Cotswold village and it has been
voted 'England's Favourite Village' by readers of Country Life.
Kingham is peaceful and secluded, yet still enjoys a main line train
service to London - a mere 90 minutes away. The village is unique
amongst the Cotswold villages, because it has its own station
about a mile from the village, albeit just a short ride on the X8
Cotswold Line Railbus!
Brick, stone, slate, tiles and thatch have all been used to create
the elegant cottages many dating from the 17th and 18th centuries,
grouped around a large, open village green.
The village is an excellent centre for walking, with many paths
winding off into the surrounding countryside. Walkers and cyclists head
for Foxholes nature reserve near Bruern Abbey, famed for its bluebells,
and the nearby village of Churchill where the church tower is a slim
version of Oxford’s Magdalen College Tower.
There is an excellent village shop, with groceries, newspapers and
magazines, drinks, video rentals and a post office. Both pubs - The
Plough and The Tollgate - provide traditional fare and the atmosphere of
village pubs; whilst the nearby Millhouse also serves lunch and dinner.
Leafield is a village on the edge of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.
Leafield has pre-Domesday origins and until the 1850s was surrounded by
the ancient royal forest of Wychwood and was known as Field Town until
the 19th century. It is a long village, with a large green. Once a local
source of pottery, hence 'Chimney End' where wood burning kilns were
located. Unlike some other nearby villages Leafield has had relatively
little recent building, so is largely unspoilt.
The village centres on the Green, with the picturesque school,
founded in 1839, in the middle. Its most well-known landmark is St
Michael and All Angels' Church, designed in 1859 by Sir George Gilbert
Scott. The spire is a distinctive feature on the horizon for many miles
The Fox public house overlooks the village green and offers food and
accommodation. The village boats a popular village community store and a
Shipton and Milton-under-Wychwood
Milton-under-Wychwood is one of the three main villages that make up
'The Wychwoods', and is a close neighbour of the other ancient Wychwood
villages, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Fifield, Idbury,
and Leafield. The villages dates from medieval times although it
has not had so much of an interesting history as Shipton-under-Wychwood.
Today, Milton is the largest village in the Wychwoods in terms of area,
and houses many of the important 'local' facilities, such as a library,
post office and small supermarket. There is one pub - The Quart Pot in
the High Street.
is a medieval village, established around Shipton Court, the estate of
the Lacey family. The parish church of St. Mary has a tower of circa
1200-1250 and a 15th century vaulted porch. It contains a 15th century
stone pulpit, a large font of the same period and a Tudor wall monument.
The mainly 15th century Shaven Crown Hotel overlooks the wide village
green and was once a guest house run by the monks of Bruern Abbey, and
is claimed to have had a licence since 1384.
Shipton-under-Wychwood is on the course of the
Oxfordshire Way footpath, and this can be used to walk
north-westwards up the Evenlode Valley to Bruern Abbey and Bledington,
or eastwards down the valley to Charlbury
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