Walking in Thame, Wheatley and beyond
The Thame & Wheatley group is one of 10 Ramblers groups in Oxfordshire. We formed in 1997 and currently have over 200 members.
We cover some 34 parishes within the Vale of Oxford, a region that provides a variety of fascinating features. Long distance paths crossing the area include the Thame Valley Way which offers a peaceful rural riverside walk, the Shakespeare's Way which takes in many local parishes and the Oxfordshire Way cuts through a dozen attractive villages on its way from Bourton-on-the-Water to Henley-on-Thames.
On the edge of the area the Chiltern Hills and Shotover Country Park afford challenging hill climbs with superb views, while local footpaths provide access to many historic sites, including Rycote Park and Ascott Park.
Our walking community
With more than 20 walks leaders we organise about 10 led walks each month. These range in distance from 4 to over 10 miles and include a regular leisurely short walk on the second Tuesday of each month. Average attendance is about 14 walkers. Morning walks may finish at a pub or café for lunch, while during the summer we have short evening walks with a pub supper at the end.
There are opportunities to volunteer for Oxfordshire’s Parish Path Warden Scheme by checking Rights of Way in a local parish twice a year, or be part of our active footpath maintenance team, which has several people trained in the use of brushcutters.
We run many social events including a summer party and a Christmas lunch, and our annual walking holidays attract around 40 participants. We keep our members up-to-date with all our activities via a monthly email, and give a warm welcome to newcomers.