Archaeology without digging (0301)

Saturday 22 May ~ 10:00 AM

Starting and finishing in Woodcote, we take an archaeological tour of the woods and fields of Goring Heath. Rather than sauntering past lumps, bumps, and clumps in the landscape, we discover a Romano British enclosure, medieval boundaries, lynchets and a holloway. There are also plentiful traces of a more recent past--when the woods were busy with brick and pottery works, and timber was sawn into planks to begin its journey from tree trunk to furniture. And it's a lovely woodland walk

Lois Rock is a member of the local archaeology group and has been working with them on the Chilterns Conservation Board's Beacons of the Past LiDAR project

Route Details

5 miles
3 hours
Fairly easy (some gentle inclines, steps/stiles)


over 7

Meeting arrangements

The rendezvous point is by the decorative Woodcote village sign that stands on a patch of green where Whitehouse Road meets the B471 (labelled there as Goring Road). Parking is available next to Woodcote village hall, just a couple of hundred yards away across the green.

Walk Leader

Lois Mary Rock

Public Transport Links

The X40 bus that runs between Oxford and Reading via Wallingford also brings you to the Woodcote Coop on a road named Bridlepath. With the Coop on your left, you face the B471.

Family Friendly

The walk would be suitable for keen juniors from age 7/8 who are interested in history


The route includes easy woodland paths and tracks which are nevertheless somewhat bumpy. There are no stile but some of the gates/kissing gates are fixed width only.

Further Information

You will need footwear suitable for woodland paths, bearing in mind they may be somewhat muddy after wet weather. We will pause at around the half way point for a drink and a snack, which you should bring with you. There are no facilities on the route. Please note that there have been cases of Alabama Rot in the area, so dogs will not be allowed on this walk. Thank you.

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