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Rycote dog walk and historic chapel, Oxfordshire


An easy walk across open farmland on a section of the Oxford Way towards a tiny 15th century chapel. In wet weather the fields get muddy and you'll need wellies. On a dry summer's day it's a delight.


GPS coords for Albury Church: 51.7408, -1.0524  Parking: limited off road parking, some in a grassy lay by on the right hand side, two more spaces can be found by the church. It's probably not a good idea to park here on Sunday mornings. Rycote Chapel is open from 1400 to 1800 Friday to Sunday, April to September. Entry charges apply with reductions for National Trust and English Heritage members.  


From Albury church take the Public Footpath marked Oxfordshire Way and walk with the church to the right. Pass a barn on the left to walk with a fence on the right. Follow the broad path to pass a farm on the right and continue along the farm lane as far as the next farm.

Ignore the waymarker for the Thame Way which leads to the left, this heads directly for a railway line. Instead, bear round the house to the right again picking up the waymarkers for the Oxfordshire Way, and walk through the farm gates. Follow the track to the left, passing outbuildings and a silo. Go under the white gate by the stables with dogs under close control to avoid incidents with some expensive looking poultry.

Bear left after a wooden 5-bar gate to cross some grass to a footpath sign and stile in the left corner. There is space for dogs to go under the fence rather than over the stile. Walk through a small orchard into a field ahead, where there may be sheep.  Cross directly to the metal swing gate and go through this to follow footpath signs to turn right and immediately left onto a path leading down to Rycote Chapel. 

The 15th century chapel is privately owned, and is maintained by the Rycote Foundation. It happened to be open on the Sunday afternoon we were there, and a visit inside is well worthwhile. Jem was content to stay outside, lying in the shade of an ancient Yew tree reputed to be around a thousand years old. The Oxfordshire Way continues past the church and into the woodland beyond. We turned round here and retraced the route back to the car, which makes this a 40 minute walk.

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Edited: 15th February 2024. The details of this listing may have changed, and though the Driving with Dogs team do our best to confirm the accuracy of every listing, we cannot guarantee that the details are fully up to date and accurate. If you know that any aspect of this listing is incorrect, please suggest an edit to let us know.