Thor’s Stone and Rochester’s Tomb

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A circular walk through varied countryside and woodland including a local nature reserve plus the villages of Taston and Spelsbury. Various lunch opportunities in Charlbury after the walk

The walk over mainly level or partly undulating countryside with some good views but no steep ascents or descents. It includes a local nature reserve and a medieval village. Taston is named after Thor's Stone, presumable the ruins of an ancient burial chamber. The church at Spelsbury is the burial place of the notorious Earl of Rochester.


This walk is organised by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, the voluntary arm of the Cotswolds Conservation Board. These walks offer an interesting and often entertaining way of exploring our wonderful Cotswold countryside and landscape. All walks by the Voluntary Wardens are FREE OF CHARGE however donations are welcome and help us to take care of the countryside.

PLEASE: always remember to wear appropriate footwear because some walks may be steep and muddy in places. Dogs are not allowed on walks, except guide dogs and hearing dogs. It is advisable to check the website or call the Cotswolds Conservation Board (01451 862000) beforehand for details of any changes, particularly during bad weather.

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Difficulty: Easy
Date: Thu February 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Duration: 3 hours
Distance: 5.5 miles
OS Grid Ref: SP358196
Map Ref: H4
Starting Point: Spendlove Car Park Charlbury
Stile Free: No
Leader: Tony Graeme
Organiser: Cotswold Voluntary Wardens