Flowers and Fruitcake at Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve! (1401)

Saturday 04 Jun ~ 10:30 AM

Join the reserve staff at Aston Rowant NNR, for a fun, informative, and tasty walk on this Site of Special Scientific Interest. The day will include identifying what plants are up and flowering on the chalk downland, meeting, and learning about our sheep flocks on the reserve and why they are so important, and joining us for locally sourced cake and treats, as we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the first NNR declarations, made in England in 1952.
The circular route will be around the top path of Bald Hill on the reserve; on our way back, we will be walking up Hill Lane which is steep in parts.

Route Details

1 mile
3 hours
Moderate (more challenging, for keen/active walkers)



Meeting arrangements

Parking in the Forestry Commission's Cowleaze wood car park along Christmas Common Road, for 10.15am

Walk Leader

Stephanie Wilson and Val Woods, Natural England

Family Friendly

Not suitable for young children


Route not suitable for mobility scooters, wheelchairs, or buggies due to rough terrain (steep hill, uneven footing) and steep chalky nature of Hill Lane. No stiles on the walk route, only gates.

Further Information

This walk will involve meeting our sheep flocks, then taking a walk across the chalk downland identifying some of the species’ flowering. We will provide hot and cold drinks at the end of the walk, as well as a selection of cakes from local bakeries – seats and tables will be available for those who want to sit and enjoy the view.

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