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Talking Trail at Aston Rowant,a Sound and sculpture walk through spectacular Chilterns landscape.
There are sculptural installations with wind-up listening posts to interpret the wildlife, cultural history and ecological features of Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve.The trail is open all year and like the rest of the reserve is free of charge for all to enjoy. The reserve is bordered by The Ridgeway National Trail and Swan's Way and is well linked in to the Public Rights of Way network in the area. Walking routes from the reserve into the surrounding area can easily be found using the interactive Oxfordshire County Council Countryside Access Map.
The reserve is easy to access by car and is signposted from the A40 near Stokenchurch, just off junction 5 of the M40. There are two car parks with cycle racks and notice boards, one at Beacon Hill (signposted from the A40 near Stokenchurch), and one at Cowleaze Wood (shared by permission from the Forestry Commission).For the main Aston Rowant NNR car park; follow the brown signs to the reserve from the A40 near Stokenchurch. The nearest post code to the Beacon Hill car park is HP14 3YL and for Cowleaze Wood you can use OX49 5HX
There is a regular bus service between High Wycombe and Oxford that stops near to the reserve at both Stokenchurch and The Lambert Arms at Aston Rowant. The Stagecoach Oxford Tube runs a frequent service between Oxford and London which stops at Lewknor village, a short walk from the reserve.The reserve is also easy to access by bicycle and there are cycle racks in the car parks at Beacon Hill and Cowleaze Wood.
The Trail is approximately 1.5km with several resting places, mostly flat and surfaced til you reach the top of the hill. The latter part of the loop is a little steep and uneven in places but is suitable for most pushchairs.An easy access route starts opposite Cowleaze wood.
Allow 1-2 hours to walk and enjoy.