This is another view of the thatched roof house that caught our attention as we drove through Tadmarton. One of the difficulties that I found on our travels was having some space to pull over for a photo or a good look whenever we came upon something that interested us. In this case, we had driven by the house, so I pulled into a side lane a short distance down the road where I soon saw a driveway where I could get turned around. By the time I had reversed into the driveway to make my turn, the owner had also driven up the lane and was motioning me to get out of the way! It was the same thing later as we drove through the Cotswold Hills, always a car on your rear bumper and no place to pull over!! Oh well, one of the hazards of taking the scenic backroads - I hate to think what it would be like in tourist season!!
Unless you book an organised tour, it would be hard to visit this area other than by car, though a determined planner with time on their hands could make use of the network of buses, and there is a mainline route through parts of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.
On our recent visit we followed a route that took us from London on the M40 and A40, bypassing Oxford (beautiful though it is) and turning north into the Cotswolds themselves just before Witney. A loop then took us north through the Wychwoods (still in Oxfordshire), then across into Gloucestershire to visit Adlestrop, before heading a little west to Stow-on-the-Wold for afternoon tea, and then south through the Slaughters and back to the main road via Burford.
But however you travel, and wherever you go, please do get out and about to stroll through the pretty villages or perhaps take a longer walk across the lovely green countryside between them.
Oxford is easy to get to by train, and also from London by bus.
By bus the X90 leaves London regularly from Victoria Coach Station and Marble Arch, takes 1 hour and costs under 10 pounds.
The easiest way to get around Oxford is by bus, for sure. They are frequent, cheap and run all over the city.
Bike hire is also available, and is the stereotypical way to travel around Oxford. You can see bikes parked everywhere. Be sure to use a secure lock if you try this out though because bike thieves are rampant.
Get the Oxford Tube or Stagecoach X90 services from London Victoria to Gloucster Green bus station in the middle of town. The buses also stop outside Queen's College on High St. The journey takes about 1 and a half hours if there's no traffic, and costs between £6-£8.
Trains run from Paddington, and take about an hour.
On foot! you pretty much CAN'T PARK in Oxford town centre, and you'll be hard-pushed to find a space in the residential areas out of town.
The students mostly have bikes, but it only takes about 40 mins to get from one side of town to the other if you hurry!
The Oxford Tube leaves from outside Victoria Station (near the tourist buses off Buckingham Palace road). It takes about 1hour and a half, and costs around £8 for a return. It takes you right into the heart of Oxford too.
On foot - or if you're brave enough - on bike....watch out for buses though
If you are coming via London then you can get the coach to Oxford, either the Oxford tube or the X90. I would recommend the Oxford tube because it is more frequent and is a double decker coach, far more comfortable!
You can also catch the train there from London Paddington which is more expensive than the coach and not much quicker.
The train from Paddington Station in London is very pleasant. Lovely scenery! There's a fast train that takes just over an hour and a train that requires you to change in Reading (also a nice ride)!
Best way to see Oxford is by foot or bicycle (altho you'd better know what you are doing if you want to bike thru the busy narrow streets!). The buses run often and are inexpensive and efficient. Leave the car -- parking is hard to find and traffic busy! Oh course 'punting' (pushing a flat bottomed wooden boat with a long pole) on the Thames (Isis to the Oxonians) or Cherwell ('Char' to the Oxonians) is fun, too!
Oxford Tube (coach) from London - they run all night (unusual for Britain) - about once every 10 minutes peak times and about once every 20-30 minutes off peak. It takes about 1-2 hours depending on traffic.
Once in Oxford, you can walk most places - the buses are pretty good and there are lots of taxis.
5th October 2001 Virgin trains introduced a new service with brand new rolling stock from Birmingham, via Oxford, to Reading. Currently there is a train approx. every 90 minutes, but as more rolling stock becomes available it will increase to hourly.
There are many tours to Oxford. For me, I took the Oxford Tube from Hyde Park Corner, pay 7 pounds and found myself among 3 other passengers( it was a Sunday morning ) in the big, spacious red double-decker. The journey took one and a half hour.
Walk, walk and walk. If you are tired, stop for snacks and coffee at the numerous coffee houses. Unfortunately, the covered market was closed but the area around the bus stop ( at the Tourist Info centre ) was busy.
Parking is frightful! Park on the edge of town at the Park and Ride and use the bus to get into the city center. You can see most of the main points by walking. Everything is fairly close together. Walking tours are probably still available.
By train or bus. There are good services to Oxford from most parts of the UK
Walk! There's lots of traffic restriction measures in place now and the city centre is small enough to walk around if you're reasonably fit.
Trains for Bicester & Banbury are run by Chiltern Railways, on the lines between London Marylebone and Birmingham or Banbury. About three trains leave Marylebone each hour. The journey to Bicester North takes about an hour and to Banbury an hour and a half. To return to Marylebone, there are trains leaving both stations about three times each hour.
I found the train I travelled on fairly smart and new and the seats were very comfortable but some of the carriages were not that clean and there was a lot of rubbish about that had not been cleared and was giving off an odd smell.
Costs start at £15 for an off peak standard single rising to £50 for a peak time day return. London Transport travelcards and season tickets are not valid for travel to this station, as it is not in the zone system but discounts may be obtained with a variety of railcards, including the Network card or by purchasing tickets in advance.
At Banbury and Bicester North, ticket offices are open throughout the day, until around eight at night and there are toilet facilities available within the stations, which are listed by Chiltern Railways as having step free access to platforms. Plenty of parking and cycle storage is available.
Trains for Oxford are run by First Great Western, on the line between London Paddington and Banbury and occasionally on the line to Hereford. Trains leave Paddington at 21 and 51 minutes past the hour during the working day (42 minutes past the hour on Sundays). The journey on a fast train takes about an hour and on a stopping train an hour and a half. To return to Paddington, there are trains leaving Oxford around the hour and half hour during the working day (30 minutes past the hour on Sundays).
Costs start at £16.90 for an off peak standard single rising to £63.80 for a peak time first class day return. (First class is available on most services.) London Transport travelcards and season tickets are not valid for travel to this station, as it is not in the zone system but discounts may be obtained with a variety of railcards, including the Network card or by purchasing tickets in advance.
The ticket office is open throughout the day until five in the evening and there are reasonably good eating and toilet facilities available within this station, which is listed by First Great Western as accessible to wheelchair users, with staff help available for passengers with additional needs. Plenty of parking and cycle storage is available.
From London, there is a bus service called Oxford Tube that runs frequently both day and night. www.oxfordtube.com
Don't try to go to the centre of Oxford by car. Parking is almost impossible. There is a Park & Ride service. Leave your car outside town and a bus takes you there and back, but the last bus back will not give you enough time to enjoy the nightlife.
Bicycles are extremely popular and can be left at the train station.
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