Steventon and the local area
There are lots of things to do around Steventon whether you are in the area on holiday or want to unwind after a day at work. Peter and Melanie are always happy to provide more ideas but these are a few of the things that our guests tell us they have enjoyed.
There is an easy circular 5 mile route to Milton which includes the historic 13th century Causeway that runs through Steventon. The Plum Pudding pub in Milton sells real ales and food.
If you want a longer walk, you can follow the Thames Path in Abingdon and follow it south towards Culham or head upstream to Radley and Oxford. There are buses and taxis available in Oxford if you don’t fancy walking both ways.
Slightly further away, West Hagbourne has a number of circular walks and the Newbury Downs are not far away. If you have an interest in wildlife and conservation then the Earth Trust and the walks around Wittenham Clumps have lots to offer.
Many of our guests enjoy going for a morning or evening run. There are plenty of routes to choose from depending on what you fancy. For a challenge, there are 7+ mile routes that take you out through East Hendred and onto the Ridgeway or you can tackle Milton Hill. There is also a flat route that is just over 9 miles and will take you via Culham and Abingdon. Closer to Steventon, you will find lots of different circuits depending on your preference for running on road or footpaths and tracks.
There are various options for guests who want to swim. Abingdon has an indoor and an outdoor public swimming pool. Park Club in Milton has a pool and a wide variety of classes. As it is only open to members only our long-term guests usually join Park Club.
Drayton Park Golf Club and Frilford Heath Golf Club both welcome visitors. If you visit Frilford Heath, you can also call into Bothy Vineyard and taste some award winning Oxfordshire wines.
There are lots of opportunities to hire boats in Abingdon so you can try your hand at rowing, kayaking or canoeing. There’s also the more leisurely option of hiring a motorboat or taking a cruise along the Thames.
If you are passionate about steam engines or simply fascinated by engineering, you’ll enjoy a visit to Didcot Railway Centre. They have an extensive collection of engines, wagons, carriages etc. Less well known is Pendon Museum. This is home to a miniature railway collection that includes reproductions of real train lines. The largest reproduction is the line that ran through the Vale. The rail heritage continues in Cutteslowe Park in Oxford. Here the City of Oxford Society of Model Engineers run their scaled down engines on visitor days.
Arts, Music and Museums
Oxford is an obvious place to visit for all things cultural (high brow or low brow). Roughly 45 minutes drive away, there’s the River and Rowing Museum at Henley on Thames. Here you will find a water-based view of history and a charming Wind in the Willows exhibition.