Inactivity is bad for people's health, with experts describing it as a 'silent killer'. Many adults spend more than seven hours a day sitting down and for people aged 65 and over this can rise to ten hours or more.

Being more active can reduce the risk of major illnesses and walking is a great way to start. Walking is also good for reducing stress and fatigue, increasing your energy levels and improving your concentration.

To help people get out and about walking in their local communities we've put together a little information about lovely walks in Oxfordshire.

White Horse Hill Circular Walk

This circular walk within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Oxfordshire is 7 miles (11km) west of Wantage.

It takes you through open, rolling downland, small pasture fields with some wonderful mixed hedgerows, woodland and a quintessential English village. It includes a classic section of The Ridgeway, with magnificent views of the Vale of White Horse to the north, and passes the unique site of White Horse Hill before descending the steep scarp...

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Port Meadow Walk

The upper reaches of the Thames in Oxford wind through Port Meadow, a beautiful open pasture, accessible from Walton Well Road (off Kingston Road/Walton Street, Jericho), Aristotle Lane (off Kingston Road), Wolvercote and Binsey (via the Botley Road).

Passing through the gate at the end of Walton Well Road is a well-defined white pebble path leading to the Thames (the concrete path heading off to your right goes to Wolvercote and the fantastic gem of Burgess Field Nature Park). The towpath runs north along the west bank of the Thames (reached by crossing first a flat wooden, then a steel...

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Abingdon on Thames to Oxford City

Abingdon is an attractive market town which is worth spending some time looking around as it has many historic buildings, especially along the north bank of the river.

The Thames Path leads out of the south bank of the river from Abingdon bridge, soon you come to Abingdon weir and lock where the Thames path now crosses to the opposite bank, first via the lock then over the weir.

Along the path there are fields to the left whilst the opposite bank is initially tree-covered. Soon the trees to the right...

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