It’s no coincidence that ZeroC properties are located in some of the UK’s most beautiful locations, providing our residents with miles and miles of access to the great outdoors. From the grounds of stately palaces to thousands of acres of national park, we think that you will find your perfect walk either on your doorstep or within a short drive.
So, whether you are a keen hiker looking for a challenging tramp, to a young family craving plenty of space to burn off the kids’ never ending energy, here’s a few suggestions for top local walks.
Our customers living in Poundbury, Dorchester are lucky enough to have Maiden Castle, an Iron Age Hill Fort less than ten minutes’ drive away which offers a moderate and scenic two mile circular route. With a handy car park located on Maiden Castle Road just north of the hill fort, it is easy to pick up the good footpaths which lead you around the historic site.
With far reaching views to Dorchester and beyond to the surrounding Dorset countryside, it’s a great route for anyone looking to stretch their legs.
Although it is a working field with cows, locals highly recommend nearby Poundbury Camp for a variety of walking routes and great views of the countryside around Dorchester.
Whilst over at Woolmer Copse in Bordon, residents have a huge variety of outdoor spaces to choose from with the popular Bordon Inclosure handily on the doorstep. As an area of woodland north of the Deadwater Valley, this stunning nature reserve offers locals a superb outdoor space for both buggy and dog friendly walks on new footpaths. If you want to make a day of it, there are also cycle tracks, picnic areas, natural children’s play areas as well as lots of local wildlife.
Shortheath Common is a large 58 hectare area which is perfect for walking or jogging. As a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) it enjoys an abundance of wildlife, making even the shortest of walks extremely enjoyable.
If you are a serious stroller and you are happy to go a bit further afield, then the majestic South Downs National Park is just over an hour away. Offering 3,300km of footpaths, bridleways and byways, there is a track to suit everyone. And did you know, that there are more routes here than in any other National Park in the UK? So pack a picnic and make a day of it.
Shotover Country Park is a just down the road from our ZeroC development, Duchy Field in Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire and can be reached within a short 15-20 minute drive. Also located on the edge of the city of Oxford, this stunning 117 hectare park can be found on the southern slopes of Shotover Hill and offers walkers a plethora of landscapes including hidden valleys, peaceful countryside and diverse habitats for local nature.
Whilst just a five minute drive up the road from Duchy Field into neighbouring Kirtlington will bring you to another great walking spot. As its name suggests, Kirtlington Quarry is a former quarry which has now been transformed into a nature reserve. Although not ideal for buggies, it is a great woodland with lots of shaded space to let your younger walkers run free.
And we mustn’t forget the magnificent Blenheim Palace as a popular Oxfordshire walking destination. Whilst you must pay for entry to the Palace, there are in fact a number of public footpaths which cross the park. So it's possible to enjoy a walk in the grounds and the wonderful views of the palace via these paths.
Finally, our ZeroC Waddesdon development in Aylesbury is handily located just half an hour from the Chiltern Hills. So whether you are looking for a quick stroll or a good work out ascending the highest point, Haddington Hill which stands at 267m, there are plenty of paths to keep you coming back again and again within the huge 322 square mile area.
Heading half an hour in the other direction will bring you to Rushmere Country Park, which is a firm family and pet favourite with its many walking trails, unique sculpture trail and Tree Tops café from which you can view the nesting Herons during the Spring.
As we head into the warmer and hopefully dryer summer months, why not lace up those trainers and explore all that is to be enjoyed within your local area. We know that you will enjoy every moment.
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