Local walks

Photos from walk on Thursday 26th January from Golden Balls to Nuneham Courtney via the Baldons

Fairly bleak heading in a north wind over open fields (towards the camera).   Berinsfield Water Tower and Brightwell Barrow in the distance (right)

A landmark tower which can hold almost a million litres of drinking water [was] given a new lease of life during a £300,000 project by Thames Water to improve supplies and reduce leakage.  At nearly 30 metres tall, Berinsfield Water Tower can be seen for miles around the south Oxfordshire countryside. Built in 1959, it supplied all 850 properties in the village but was taken out of service two years ago [2018] when regular inspections became too difficult due to problems accessing the tower.

Source: Thames Water Aug 2020


St Peter’s Marsh Baldon

The Church of England parish church of Saint Peter dates from the 12th century, with 14th and 15th century alterations. St Peter’s was restored in 1890 by the architect Somers Clarke and builder J.T. Micklethwaite. It is a Grade II* listed building. [Wikipedia]


Libby and the pig


Ivy clad window at the gates to Marsh Baldon


Early snowdrops


Turkey Tail


We walked through Clifton Heath Woodland, and these trees accross a cleared area, are in Roundhill Wood. Maybe ash in pale winter plumage in front of dark evergreen firs


Clifton Heath Woodland (almost 37 Hectares) is for sale. Offers over £990,000.

An interesting opportunity to acquire a high quality managed forest in a rural location within easy reach of Oxford city. Suitable for a variety of owners, this woodland offers a large range of potential income streams.

Clifton Heath Woodland is a delightful semi commercial mixed woodland with easy vehicular access to the entire area. The wood was once part of the well- known Nuneham Park estate whose woodlands form the northern boundary. This gem of a forest has been managed to exemplary standards by the current owners with the process of restructuring to regenerate and reset well underway. The lowland location combined with almost perfect and varied soil conditions has given rise to the establishment of an excellent range of classic UK timber species.

The woodland comprises two distinct areas. The larger or main eastern section, known as Blacklands Plantation and Clifton Heath, has road frontage and is stocked with a mix of mainly coniferous trees. Soils become more sandy as you move eastward into Clifton Heath. The majority of this wood is mature final crops with some areas of selective fell and replant. Species include Douglas fir, Norway spruce, Scots pine and mixed native broadleaves. This area is very well thinned and could be ready for further selective or final felling as per the objectives of a new owner. In addition, there is a wooden shooting hut in the centre of Blacklands Plantation. This contains a woodburner and has a verandah on its front.

[source: sales brochure 7/22. ]

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