Matthew Arnold Field and Reserve

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 OPT land.  With our commitment to the green agenda, OPT have no car parks, so why not take a cycle ride or a long walk.  Help us to keep our environment, our wildlife and you safe by considering a visit outside likely peak times.  All our green spaces are open.  

When visiting our green spaces, please follow the Countryside Code by:

  • leaving no trace of your visit and taking all your litter home;
  • keeping dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals;
  • leaving gates as you find them and following instructions on signs;
  • keeping to footpaths and following signs where they suggest alternative routes.

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Dedicated to the memory of the poet Matthew Arnold, this field and wood at the end of Jarn Way is an important part of the adjoining Jarn Mound complex.  A plaque at the top of the field states

This land named Matthew Arnold Field, being a principal foreground of the poet’s vision in Thyrsis and the Scholar Gipsy, was bought for the Oxford Preservation Trust through public subscription from both sides of the Atlantic.”

Situated on the west side of Boars Hill, on a clear day there are views from Matthew Arnold Field across the Vale of the White Horse to the Berkshire Downs to the southwest.  However, much of the view originally seen from the site is now obscured by trees.  

The field, which is grazed by a horse, is a sea of yellow buttercups in summer, and the circular footpath through the wood is popular with walkers.   

Matthew Arnold Field