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Playgrounds, Parks & Open Spaces

Name Location & access Main features Useful links
Raleigh Park Harcourt Hill – access via gates
on Westminster Way, Harcourt Hill
or at junction of Lime Road and
Yarnells Hill. Always open.
Good views of Oxford spires from
top of the hill. Flora and fauna
(orchids in Spring). Mainly open grassland, some trees and small
pond, good for walking dogs and
general exercise.
Oxford Conservation Volunteers
Oxford City Council
Friends of Raleigh Park
North Hinksey Nature Reserve Located between North Hinksey Lane and car park of Minns Estate. Next to the Community Orchard. Near to Seacourt Nature Park. Always open. Small area with seating and flowers
(good for peaceful contemplation).
Also wilder area with pond.
North Hinksey Parish Council
Louie Memorial Field On either side of Arnold’s Way near Matthew Arnold School. Access also possible via path between Hurst Rise Road and Hutchcomb Road. From the Upper Field there are paths leading south-west towards Cumnor Hurst, and from there to Cumnor Hill, Harcourt Hill and Boars Hill. Always open. The lowest section to the north consists of fen and woodland. The ‘Lower Field’ next to it is a grass playing field with a playground. The ‘Upper Field’ to the south of Arnold’s Way is another grass playing field with a Pavilion, Trim Trail and Multi Use Games Area. Links to other areas make it a good starting point for walking dogs. North Hinksey Parish Council                     Oxford Conservation Volunteers
Hinksey Heights Located within Hinksey Heights Golf Club, access to the Nature Park & Trail is via entry to that establishment, Take the South Hinksey exit from Oxford Ring Road and follow the signs. See website for open hours of club. A hilly site overlooking Oxford with fields, wetlands, woods and  more. A boardwalk means easier walking and picnic facilities plus artworks by local schoolchildren add to the interest. Hinksey Heights Golf Club
Seacourt Nature Park Located just outside our area on the east of Hinksey Stream, main access is a gate on Botley Road but can also be accessed via the car park of Minns Estate. Near to North Hinksey Nature Reserve, with paths leading to Ferry Hinksey Road, plus central and south Oxford. Always open. Good area for blackberry picking, mainly bushes and trees. Otherwise mainly used to access open grassland to the south-east. Good for long walks, with or without  a dog in tow. Oxford Conservation Volunteers                   Oxford City Council
Wytham Woods Located to the north of our area but only 15 minutes walk from Elms Parade. Pedestrian access via Botley Lodge or access with car park via track in Wytham Village. N.B. Permit required to walk in the woods and limited opening hours – see website for details. Large, hilly, mixed woodland. Interesting flora and fauna including deer, badgers and foxes.
Good for lengthy walks but no dogs allowed.
University of Oxford      Oxford Conservation Volunteers
Fogwell Road Recreation Ground & Open Space Access off Fogwell Road at several points. Always open. Includes a  playing field, Fogwell Pavilion, small swings, bmx bike course and exercise machines. Area to the east between Fogwell Road and the A420 is mainly grass and trees with spring flowers, suitable for dog walking plus a larger playground. Cumnor Parish Council
Pinnocks Way Playground & Recreation Area Located hidden away in the central area of Pinnocks Way with access via several signposted paths from the road. Always open. Large playground with a few facilities for older children such as a basketball hoop. Cumnor Parish Council
St Andrew’s Church Located in Orchard Road, Dean Court. MUGA can be booked by groups – contact Sue Allwright on 01865 864991 or Henry Joines on 01865 862588. Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in the area at the back of the Church. Suitable for older children and adults. Cumnor Parish Council