Harcourt Hill Field

A rich meadow boasting JMW Turner's famous view of 'Oxford from North Hinksey' and the 'Dreaming spires of Oxford'

When local residents approached OPT about buying the land we felt we had to act. OPT worked with local residents to secure the support of the owners and raise the money and, thanks to a further appeal to OPT members and supporters, we now own the field. We are beginning to improve the access to the field, linking it to the network of footpaths and bridleways between Raleigh Park to the north, the Hinksey Heights Nature Reserve to the south, and on up to Chilswell Valley and Boars Hill.

Wider Planning/OPT Issues

The Harcourt Hill field has a vital role to play in assessing the impact of development which will change the views of Oxford, as highlighted in the report ‘Assessment of the Oxford View Cones’, Western Hills published in 2015 by OPT with the City Council and Historic England. The field features in views into the City and as a backdrop from the views out from high points at Carfax, St George’s Tower, St. Mary’s in the High Street, and from the top of the new Westgate shopping centre.

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