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Bampton looking towards the town and church

Bampton

The ancient market town of Bampton lies in the south of the area, not far from the River Thames. Until about 1850 it stood in the centre of a large...

Chipping Norton

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Chipping Norton
Oxfordshire
OX7 5DD

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Chipping Norton Almshouses

Chipping Norton is a bustling, buzzing, working Cotswold market town at the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ boasting a packed agenda of local festivals, markets and events. 'Chippy', as it is known to locals, was Market Town finalist in the Great British High Street of the Year Awards 2015.

Historic listed buildings include almshouses, the ancient Grade I listed church and impressive Town Hall. Quality independent shops and boutiques welcome the shopper. The thriving weekly market (Wednesdays) and farmers’ market (third Saturday of every month) offer delicious produce and great bargains.

Nine annual festivals include renowned Literary Festival, Fibre Festival and Big Feastival hosted by Blur guitarist Alex James and TV chef Jamie Oliver.

Chipping Norton has a great choice of places to eat. Choose from traditional pubs, gourmet restaurants, enticing cafes and an outstanding new tea shop, The Tea Set. It also boasts an enviable number of independent shops. There’s an excellent local book shop, art gallery, heated outdoor Lido, museum of local history, leisure centre and award-winning theatre

Chipping Norton can be explored digitally via the town website, social media and 360 degree virtual tours of Chippy High Street, museum and library along with selected shops.

Take one of the town’s many walks through heritage sites, beautiful Cotswold countryside and dramatic monuments like the Rollright Stones.

Easily accessible by road and rail (Railbus connection to Kingham Rail Station), there’s plenty of free car parking to accommodate visitors.


Walks:

Glyme Valley Way (pdf 545k)
Kingham to Chipping Norton (pdf 144k)
Mills and Meadows (pdf 139k)
Step into the Cotswolds: Walk 1 (pdf 454k)
Step into the Cotswolds: Walk 2 (pdf 868k)

Download Chippy’s innovative walking app and take a self-guided tour through town and country.


Cycle rides:

There are also several circular cycle rides:
Ancient Stones and Old Manors (pdf 194k), a 19 mile circular route
Chipping Norton-Witney (pdf 206k)
Chipping Norton-Shenington (pdf 189k)
Chipping Norton-Moreton in Marsh (pdf 174k)


Useful links:

- Experience Chipping Norton a website set up by the local volunteer group which contains lots of useful information about visiting the town.

- Chipping Norton is twinned with Magny en Vexin (France)

 

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