Homebuilder provides its top five walking locations in Abingdon for National Walking Month

For National Walking Month, Oxfordshire developer David Wilson Homes Southern is offering a list of scenic riverside walks near its Kings Gate and Abbey Fields developments in Abingdon-on-Thames.


National Walking Month – which lasts through the whole of the month of May and is run by health charity Living Streets – aims to get people out into their local area, be active and appreciate all nature has to offer while taking a scenic walk.


This year’s theme is #Try20, and Living Streets is encouraging everyone who is capable to try walking for a minimum of 20 minutes a day for the duration of the month.


David Wilson Homes’ Kings Gate and Abbey Fields developments, both approximately a 20-minute drive from Oxford, are ideally placed for both short and long walks. Whether you’re looking for a stroll along the River Thames to Oxford or a heritage walk through Abingdon itself, you’re sure to find a walk you’ll love in this picturesque area.


For those new to the area, David Wilson Homes has curated a top five list of local walks:


Walk along the Thames from Abingdon to Oxford

    • Taking just under four hours at a brisk pace, this walk is for those ramblers who like to make a day of their excursions. The trail starts with a walk through a small wooded area before following the River Thames to Oxford.

Abingdon Abbey Heritage Trail

    • If you’re looking to learn more about the local history, the Heritage Trail is perfect for you. The route takes you past St Nicolas Church, Roysse Court, the old site of Abingdon School, St John’s Hospital, the Abbey buildings and gardens and Barton Court ruins, with the option of walking back along the river. This walk is the perfect way to get to know your local area.

1556 Boundary Walk

    • This walk can be done on your own or as part of a walking tour. Traditionally done on New Year’s Day, this walk takes you around the boundaries as they were when the town was granted its royal charter in 1556. The whole walk will take you about two hours as you walk the three miles from the Market Place to Abingdon Lock.

Abingdon Waterways Walk

    • This eight-mile walk will usually take about four hours to complete and will take you to Culham Lock where you will be treated to the best view of Abingdon. The walk along the Thames path offers a calming waterside ramble, with pubs available along the way for refreshments.

Thrupp Lake

    • On the outskirts of Abingdon near Radley, The Earth Trust have created a walk around Thrupp Lake. The walk around the lake takes an average of 40 minutes and features a boardwalk along the water’s edge and a bird hide where you can watch the local wildlife.

A variety of one, three, and four bedroom homes are available at Kings Gate and four and five bedroom homes are available at Abbey Fields.

More information on the homes at Kings Gate and Abbey Fields can be found by visiting the David Wilson Homes website, or by calling 033 3355 8487.