A Circular Walk from Kingham Station

September 29, 2018

Kingham is a beautiful village along the North Cotswold railway, and with a direct hourly train service to London, it is perhaps the perfect day trip destination for those without a car.  Nearby you will also find Daylesford Farm, specialising in organic produce and serving delicious seasonal food, and if that's not enough, there are plenty more picture perfect villages all within walking distance of Kingham railway station. 

 

 

 

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The Walk

 

Kingham Village

 

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Bledington Village

 

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Daylesford Farm

 

Daylesford Farm is perhaps the most famous farm shop in England - but it is so much more than that. Yes they sell freshly picked organic produce (the fruit and veg is bursting with colours), and they have a bakery, butchers, fishmonger, creamery, a walk-in cheese room and wineshop on site (plus the homeware and cookshop) but they also have a heavenly spa on the farm too. Admittedly stopping off for lunch will be expensive, but if you've come from London then it won't be too much of a shock - and if all you want is a locally produced cider - the farmshop sells these for around £3.00.

 

 

 

 

Planning the Walk

 

The walk shown on the map is approximately 17 km in length, taking around 4 hours to complete for the average walker. The walk starts in Kingham station car park, and from there it passes through the villages of Kingham and Churchill before reaching Cornwell Manor. From there the route continues to Daylesford Farm (a perfect refreshment stop) before bringing you back to Kingham station via Bledington village. 

 

I do not recommend relying on the map below for navigation, instead I suggest that you purchase an Ordnance Survey walking map either electronically for your phone or a printed version.  Most bookstores in London will have these available - the map number you need is: Explorer Sheet OL45 and they generally sell for around £5.40. 

 

 

 

 

How to get to Kingham by train (from London or Oxford)

Last updated: 29th September 2018

 

Throughout the week, there are hourly departures to Kingham from London Paddington taking around 1 hour 30 minutes. Between Monday and Saturday, trains depart at around 20 minute past each hour – on Sundays, trains depart at 37 minutes past each hour. The same train also passes through Oxford, about an hour later and the journey from there to Kingham is around 30 minutes. 

 

It is important to note that UK train timetables change regularly (especially at weekends) so it is always best to check train times using one of the many journey planners available online – such as this one by Great Western Railway (www.gwr.com).

 

 

From London Paddington the ticket costs: 

  • £35.90 in second class for an Off Peak Return (generally meaning travel after 09:30 Monday to Friday (or anytime on weekends) and returning within 30 days. A one-way Off Peak ticket is £1.00 cheaper. For more information (including restrictions) visit www.gwr.com

  • Advance tickets are also available on this route. These tickets start from £6.00 one-way but are only valid on the specific train which you selected at the time of purchase. For more information (including restrictions) visit www.gwr.com.

 

From Oxford the ticket costs: 

  • £9.80 in second class for an Off Peak Day Return (generally meaning travel after 09:30 Monday to Friday (or anytime on weekends) and the same day. A one-way Off Peak ticket is £0.10 cheaper. For more information (including restrictions) visit www.gwr.com

 

Interrail restrictions

 

Please note that these restrictions have been copied from the Interrail webpage titled Domestic train reservation fees with additional notes added.

 

No reservations are required for regular day trains in England but please note that:

  • Interrail passes are only valid on mainline train services and not on any underground or metro systems (i.e. the London Underground) and that,

  • Interrail passes cannot be used in your country of residence.

 

Visit the official interrail website for full terms and conditions.

 

 

FIP/PRIV restrictions

 

If you are employed by a train operating company in Europe and are entitled to FIP facilities, travelling to Kingham from London Paddington with a valid FIP Coupon is free – i.e. no reservation or supplement is required. If you’re only entitled to a FIP Reduced Rate Card for England, you will get the discount shown on the back of the card. It should be noted however that FIP travel facilities are only valid on mainline rail services in England and not on metro style trains (i.e. the London Underground).

 

If you are employed by a train operating company in England, Wales or Scotland and entitled to PRIV rate travel, the following fares apply:

  • London Paddington to Kingham £xx.xx in second class for an Off Peak Return (generally meaning travel after 09:30 Monday to Friday (or anytime on weekends) and returning within 30 days. A one-way Off Peak ticket is £xx.xx cheaper. For more information (including restrictions) visit www.gwr.com.

 

 

What are Great Western Railway trains like along this route?

 

Most of the trains now serving the stations along this route were introduced in 2017, although the older trains do still make an appearance on some services.  The newer trains have first and second class, although first class is hardly worth it unless you have too much spare cash floating around.

 

Second class carriage with 2 by 2 seats (First class is 1 by 2 seating) – some seats are around a small table, but most are airlines style.

 

 

Suggested Links

 

Daylesford Farm (www.daylesford.com)

Great Western Railway (www.gwr.com)

Ordnance Survey Walking Maps (for your smart phone) (https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/)

 

 

Photo Journal

 

 

There are always more photos to be shared but sharing them all on this journal page will just make it look cluttered so if you want to see more photos for inspiration, check out my Flickr “England-2018” album.

 

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