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Heritage Walks

 There is a lot happening in Market Place, Museum and Cinema this Autumn. The next town walk will be New Year's Day beating ancient bounds of the old town. 

Many townspeople get involved in aspects of the town's history and heritage notably Abingdon Civic Society - caring for the town's past, present and future   gives the immediate past heritage weekend.and will have information on future festivals

In addition to the active Civic Society the local archaeological and history society contributes massively to this town site with research and information on buildings and people.

With around 200 listed buildings in the town centre alone, Abingdon-on-Thames is a fascinating place to stroll around and find hidden gems. On the history section find out about nteresting vernacular architecture and visit the places where events (some pleasant, some violent and bloodthirsty) have played out in the past.

You may prefer a guide to show you round and make sure you don’t miss the best, most memorable places. Alternatively,  choose to follow a series of informative boards on a heritage trail, The Information Centre can help you find your way round. Roysse Court, 5 Bridge Street to the right of the quadrangle in front of Guildhall is Info's location.

There are picture clue trails on the Abingdon Civc Society information and also 'treasure' trails which you can down load at home.

Everyone has their own way of exploring, so choose the way you prefer to do things. The Oxtrails phone app is a popular way of finding out about each of the towns of southern Oxfordshire.

I-Footpaths and all our local and county walks sites are helpful but not essential.

Walk About Abingdon 07880 913819 offers guided walks every day. As they take you on a journey 3,000 years of history in an enjoyable way in just ninety minutes (shorter if you fix this) we'll let them off for not offering Christmas Day but the other 364 yes they can be booked. See their website and twitter  @Walk.Abingdon

Local historians and Blue Badge guides are available for groups.

There is a tradtion of a boundary walk on New Year's Day and a walk to Old Boar's Hill. Led Ramblers walks on set weekdays,check but currently second and fourth Tuesdays. For themed history walks please ask. Late May Bank Holiday is a day in which free guided walks are offered.



Today the Abbey Gardens and Abbey Meadow form a beautiful and relaxing space by the river to stroll and enjoy the floral beds or the views across the water meadows and feed the ducks on the millstream; a contrast to the industrious and commercial past of this area. Follow the Lost Abbey Trail boards to find out more about what went on when the monks ran the huge commercial enterprise which was...
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Do you prefer to combine a slice of history with a lot of walking?  Tthe Abingdon Waterways Walk makes a great day out. It’s an 8 mile circular walk taking in the heart of Abingdon’s medieval town centre, the charms of the villages of Drayton and Sutton Courtenay, and parts of the Thames Path. Start around mid morning at the free car park at Culham Lock OX14 4NE and you will be in Abingdon-on-...
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Walk.About.Abingdon is a company offering live guided walks around Abingdon-on-Thames. Relax and let the entertaining guides tell you the most interesting and exciting snippets from the town’s history, in the places where it all happened. To find out more about booking on one of our guided walks click here.
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Following the completion of the successful Lost Abbey of Abingdon Heritage Trail project, members of the Abingdon Area Archaeological Society and Friends of Abingdon have formed a new group of volunteers, with other interested members of the community, to create a new heritage trail centred on St Helen’s church.   Five historical interpretation boards have been designed along a short circular...
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