Load Off Your Back Walks

Discover the majesty, history and drama of the beautiful English countryside on foot and venture into another world. National Parks and coastal villages; Roman forts, castles and ancestral seats; cathedral spires and chocolate box cottages – all on offer as you walk the country’s national trails and long distance paths; some official, others just well known, but all with interest, heritage and natural history at each step as you follow in the footsteps of earlier trail walkers.

Defenders of the land, traders, invaders, archaeologists, writers, artists and enthusiasts have all walked before you, taking in the spectacular scenery of the high ground, tranquil pastures, rugged coastal routes dotted with river valleys, woodlands, sheer cliffs and secluded beaches await you.

Wainwright discovered the joys of English Lakeland, Hadrian fortified the northern outpost of the Roman Empire, the trade and control of the British Empire was maintained from English rivers and harbours, Mary Anning discovered some of the first evidence of dinosaurs on the shores of Dorset and the evidence of the industrial revolution is scattered across the landscape.

Take a look at the route options for walking the path for a holiday with a duration and daily walking distance to suit you.

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The accommodation at Kingfisher Barn has been created from converting old farm buildings dating back as far as the 17th Century. These converted barns ooze charm and history.

Explore the historical town of Abingdon, and take in the breath-taking sights of Oxford.

Kingfisher Barn Ltd | Kingfisher Barn, Rye Farm, Abingdon, Oxford, OX14 3NN

Local Area

Historical Abingdon became the county town of Berkshire sometime after receiving its Royal Charter in 1556. It is a market town and civil parish in England.

This breathtaking town located just six miles south-west of Oxford was formally a county town of Berkshire but had a slight name change in 2012 to become Abingdon-on-Thames.

Abingdon town centre refurbished in 2007 as part of the council's redevelopment plan took on a great new look. All work was in keeping with the surrounding area. 

Come and discover this delightful town for yourself, explore and learn its history, there's so much to see and do!

In 1084, William the Conqueror celebrated and enjoyed Easter at the Abbey. He then left his son, the future Henry I, to be educated there.

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With years of experience and a passion for dogs, we understand your pet is a special member of the family, and you'll want him/her to enjoy the holiday just as much as you!

Our 'Pet-Friendly' policy means you can relax and spend some great time together. From stunning country walks to ambling along the banks of the River Thames, let your 'pooch' enjoy the serenity of our beautiful Abingdon.

Cats are welcome too!

"Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car, he sticks his head out the window.” — Steve Bluestone

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Kingfisher Barn
Rye Farm, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
OX14 3NN
Tel: 01235 634790