Witney Cotswold Market Town
Witney is the largest of the market towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and much of the architecture reflects the past prosperity of the woollen trade, including the 17th century Butter Cross and Church of St Mary the Virgin with its 150ft spire.
An attractive high street runs from the Butter Cross and features the 18th century Town Hall, the Blanket Hall and the Victorian Corn Exchange. The town has a bustling atmosphere with a good range of boutique shops, supermarkets and a twice weekly market. Visit Marriotts Walk, the Woolgate Centre, or the antique shops of Corn Street. There are a host of gastro pubs, restaurants and traditional inns, with leisure facilities at The Witney Lakes Resort and the Windrush Leisure Centre.
Annual events include the Spring Food and Drink Festival, Autumn Witney Carnival and Witney Feast, nearby Eynsham Carnival, and Wychwood Forest Fair.
Witney provides an ideal base from which to explore the local attractions, including the Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, and Oxford and its Colleges.
Other activities include the Witney Wool & Blanket Trail, a circular walk some 2 3/4 miles long explaining how the wool industry developed including the manufacture of blankets for which Witney is famous all over the world. There are also circular walks along the River Windrush between Witney and Burford, and many published and guided walks through the surrounding Cotswolds and along the River Thames.
During warmer months explore the beautiful and peaceful Oxfordshire stretches of the River Thames easily accessible from Witney at Newbridge or Lechlade, on a regular boat trip or hire your own boat, and larger narrow day boats are available on the Oxford Canal in Lower Heyford.
From Witney explore the Cotswold terrain on bicycles with many quiet country lanes and open countryside with sweeping views. There are many downloadable routes, including the 27 mile route to Kingham and back, or a 41 mile circular route to Bourton-on-the-Water.