Local Food Trails
- Have we got the Local Flavours Food Guide? - check
- enough reusable bags? - check
- cash? - check
- an appetite? - check
OK! Let's set off to explore the food trails of Berkshire,
Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
There are farmers' markets, farm shops, delicatessens and specialist
food shops as well as producers who will be happy to meet you and talk
about their bread, preserves, vegetables, meat or wine.
Sandra Kessell, a keen local foodie, has created these trails to
encourage people to explore the beautiful countryside. Each food trail
includes several minitrails that are easy to do by bike, or even on
foot depending on where you live.
Just click on the link below to display your trail of interest.
The Cotswold Cycle and Cherwell Cycle trails are specifically designed
for keen cyclists and walkers. To obtain a printed copy of the map,
use your browser's print menu, which will provide you with a copy of
the map, together with the description of each point on the route; depending
on your browser, you may need to ensure that the trail is scrolled to
the left first, as otherwise the right-hand part of the map may be omitted.
(Do not use Google's own Print facility, just above the map, as this
only prints the map, without the route.)
The Cotswolds food trail
Variant aimed primarily at cyclists and walkers
|Takes you deep into the heart
of the north Oxfordshire landscape where you're spoilt for choice
with farm shops, a smokery, mustard maker and an award-winning
cheesemaker to visit.
The rolling hills of the Cotswolds
and north Oxfordshire are preserved by the local food producers
who farm them. Its honey-coloured buildings and quaint shops
add to its charm making it one of the most popular tourist spots
in the UK. Allow plenty of time between destinations - the roads
are definitely country around here!
Taking in some of the best-known and loveliest towns and
villages in the Cotswolds, this trail allows you to delight
in the scenery of two river valleys, the Evenlode and the Windrush
in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you are a cyclist
who loves good food this is the trail for you. It has been set
out in two parts, the first 17 miles long, the second a further
34 miles, making an entire route of 51 miles for the seasoned
cyclist. Not all the producers mentioned open daily and a few
open their doors or offer tours by appointment only, so please
check before setting out that your planned destinations are
open, or expecting your visit on the day of your journey.
Please observe the council's advice about safety and cycle maintenance
before you set out.
The Cherwell food trail
Take in some of the famous sights of Cherwell while stopping
to sample or buy the foods grown within this historic region.
You can literally eat the view!
This food trail is aimed
primarily at cyclists, but can be completed in a car, or on
foot. The entire route, excluding the Ironstone Villages Ride,
is about 32 miles. Not all the destinations are open every day,
so please check before setting out that your planned destinations
are open on the day you are travelling.
The Berkshire and southern Oxfordshire trail
||Explores farm shops, a wine
estate, orchards and bakeries.
This trail uses the M4 corridor
and takes in West Berkshire and The Vale of the White Horse
as well as a bit of South Oxfordshire.
The land that
inspired JRR Tolkien's Shire is full of small producers selling
at farmers' markets and from their farm gate. Some open seasonally,
so bear in mind you may need to ring in advance to arrange your
The Chilterns and Vales trail
||You'll be amazed to find gorgeous
food shops and restaurants tucked away in the countryside between
High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Wheatley.
A tour of the BBO
Food Group members in the M40 area, with suggestions for tea
and coffee, lunch and dinner stops.