Thame Outer Circuit


Route map for Thame Outer Circuit by Ruth Cornish on

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The Thame Outer Circuit is an approximately 20 mile circular walk through the Oxfordshire countryside surrounding the market town of Thame. It takes in the villages of Long Crendon, Shabbington, Tetsworth, Sydenham, Emmington, Towersey, Kingsey and Haddenham Church End as well as passing through the Rycote Estate and the Oxfordshire Golf Course. The terrain is generally flat and the walk is mainly on public rights of way with a few linking sections on fairly quiet roads. However, it should be noted that this area is fairly low-lying and that, after periods of heavy rain, some fields, particularly those adjacent to the River Thame, may be flooded. Please note, not all stiles on the route are accessible for dogs and you may need to carry your dog over some of them.

The walk has been divided into three separate sections, with the start and finish of each accessible by bus from the centre of the town. The Thame Outer Circuit is described in an anti-clockwise direction, starting and finishing at Haddenham and Thame Parkway, but may be joined at any point.

Section 1: Haddenham to Shabbington 

6 miles (option 1) or 7.25 miles (option 2). Start: Haddenham and Thame Parkway Station. 280 bus from Thame.

Section 2: Shabbington to Emmington

7.9 miles. This longer section may be split into two halves, (3.6 and 4.3 miles) with a break at Tetsworth, but this cannot be done using public transport.

Section 3: Emmington to Haddenham

5.6 miles. Take the number 40 bus from Thame and alight at Emmington.

Linking Walking Routes

These linking routes provide you with details of how to walk from Thame town Centre to Thame Outer Circuit if you would like to do part of the walk from your doorstep without taking public transport. Follow the Outbound Linking Routes to start your walk.

The walk has been created by members of Thame & Wheatley Ramblers to encourage walking in the countryside as an integral part of Thame Green Living, a plan adopted by Thame Town Council to promote a cleaner, greener, healthier Thame. The role of Thame Town Council in sponsoring this project is gratefully acknowledged.

Walkers are asked to respect the Country Code: to leave things as they find them, to take litter home, to keep dogs on leads near livestock and to clean up after their dogs