As part of the Year 2000 celebrations, the Village Fete Committee constructed a circular walk around the village. Joining up many existing footpaths, this attractive family walk has been clearly signposted using the S logo (shown here).
If you would like details of the route, there are leaflets available at locations listed below, and on the Village Fete day.
The route is traditionally walked early evening on Fete day.
The countryside can be a daunting experience, now, thanks to a series of leaflets prepared by local walking enthusiast, Jane Archer, you can discover a variety of easy and enjoyable routes based on Shrivenham.
All the walks are circular, from 1.5 to 3 miles, using tracks, public rights of way and permissive paths. There may be stiles to cross and some footpaths are muddy after rain. In the introduction to each walk there is a brief description giving the distance, number of stiles and particular cautions to take. All the walks have been tried and tested by people, who, without using a map, referred only to the clear instructions. However, Ordnance Survey maps do give useful extra detail.
Always dress appropriately for the weather and wear sensible footwear.
Enjoy your walks!
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"I can't remember when the furore of the Millennium celebrations first made itself known, but the concept of a circular walk around the area where I lived, always appealed. No matter where I attempted to grow my roots, be it in a Swindon suburb or a rural town in Northamptonshire, I would always seek out some kind of walk. It really didn't matter how long the walk would be, but preferably, it had to be circular and long enough to put the world to rights.
"I felt that it was always a personal thing, but when people were looking for something to celebrate the dawning of a new Millennium, and all the hope that it promises, I decided to share this thought. So okay, it's not a monument and it's not an event; but a circular walk around a place, that has a certain something that I cannot begin to describe, that allows you to think and wonder in the beauty of the scenery, could be identified and shared with the rest of the community. This idea was seized upon, not out of desperation, but as something positive, different and coalescent.
"The Shrivenham Circular Walk evolved over 2 years, and although it looks like a few sign posts stuck in the middle of a few fields, a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes. Thanks has to go to Shrivenham Fete Walkers Sub-committee that engineered and made the project happen; to the Vale of The White Horse District Council for providing the funding; to the Wilts and Berks Canal Amenity Group whose help and support has been invaluable; to the landowners who gave their kind permission to allow us to share the countryside, and lastly to those people who turned up at 18:30 on Fete Day, 26th August 2000, to launch the first Shrivenham Circular Walk. I hope you enjoyed it, I hope you continue to enjoy it. However, after all the heartache and hard work, it would be nice for everyone (visitors and locals) to enjoy the Shrivenham Walk in perpetuity, as a remembrance of the changing Millennium. Please, when you visit Shrivenham next, allow an extra hour, pick up a Shrivenham Circular Walk leaflet and enjoy the peace and quite of a small Oxfordshire village in the Vale of the White Horse."
Derek Skelt (without whom, we would still be using the car to circumnavigate the village)