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Oxford Preservation Trust is working with partners to share a range of walks around Oxford. These range from health walks to informative walks around specific locations. Open green space is essential for our health and wellbeing, and we are delighted that more people than ever are now out and about enjoying green spaces.
On this page you will find downloadable details of self-guided walks from our partners.
- Centre for Sustainable Healthcare - Oxford’s Green Health Routes. The Green Health Routes Project supports communities in connecting with parks, meadows and woodlands in their local area. The project works with GP surgeries to encourage people to enjoy the amazing green spaces Oxford has to offer and their many benefits for health. Simply spending time in nature can help in reducing anxiety and improving mood. Physical activity, including walking, can substantially reduce the risk of diabetes, depression, dementia and cardiovascular disease.
To explore local green spaces across the city, take a look at our neighbourhood walking maps available to download for East Oxford, Wood Farm, Marston, Blackbird Leys, and Jericho.
The Green Health Routes project is run by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. We are a national charity, based in Oxford, working to help the NHS fulfil its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 80% by 2050. We inspire and empower people to transform healthcare for a sustainable future. You can find out more about our work here, and read about our green space programme here. Details of led health walks in Oxford can be found here.
- Hidden landscapes of Blackbird Leys – Katie Hambrook. Discover the ancient natural landscape of Blackbird Leys through its place-names and old field-names. This walk uses place-names and field-names to reconstruct the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval landscapes of Blackbird Leys, introducing you to the earliest named inhabitants of the area. The walk is about 3km long, taking about an hour and starting near the Sandy Lane West bus stop on Blackbird Leys Road.
- Oxford Archaeology. Oxford Archaeology have been experts in archaeology and heritage for more than 45 years. They cover all aspects of the historic environment, providing everything from archaeological excavations and survey, landscape and buildings studies, to heritage consultancy services. With their specially created self-guided walks you can beat the bounds of Oxford Castle, explore the parishes and surviving churches of the medieval and later town, and discover Oxford's medieval city walls!
If you have enjoyed our green spaces please support us by making a donation.
Whilst you are here?
We are asking those of you who are interested in Oxford Open Doors to help make sure that it can come back fully next year and for FREE.
Oxford Open Doors is your chance to get behind Oxford’s closed doors to celebrate our wonderful City as we invite you in to the colleges and university buildings together with a range of the City’s other varied and hidden heritage across gown and town.
The OPT team put together the programme and want to keep it free by raising the money needed to put it on with all the of work organising, health and safety, advertising, printed material, website etc.
Like many other charities Covid-19 has had a huge impact and we have seen our income fall, but we are determined to bring Oxford Open Doors back in 2021 and we are asking you to support so please JOIN now or DONATE.
‘Did you know OPT kept all our green spaces open for everyone to enjoy throughout the lockdown.’
Your support will mean that we can:
• Run Oxford Open Doors in 2021 and keep it free to everyone.
• Look after OPTs 1,000 acres of green space, making it publicly accessible, and all free of charge
• Help us to support local specialist heritage contractors working on heritage at risk.
• Help us to champion good design and planning at a time of pressure to change across Oxford/Oxfordshire.
• Support our education and outreach work for young people, including our award winning education scheme at Oxford Castle & Prison.
THANK YOU SO MUCH - knowing that we have your support means a great deal.