South Oxfordshire

The area of South Oxfordshire stretches from just outside of Oxford along the eastern border of the county all the way to the northern edge of Reading, bordering the Vale of the White Horse in the west. This part of the county is Midsomer Murders Country. Many of the villages and towns in South Oxfordshire have appeared in the series, and about half of the filming locations for the series can be found here.

Many of Oxfordshire’s most iconic places are in South Oxfordshire, such as the colourful Waterperry Gardens, and Henley –on-Thames. Picturesque Henley is the home of the Henley Royal Regatta, one of the key events of the English social season. It also has a wonderful museum about the River Thames, the River & Rowing Museum , and three wonderful country houses – Stonor Park,Greys Court and the home of motor manufacturer William Morris, Nuffield Place– closeby.

The Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stretch from Goring towards Henley on Thames and into the neighbouring counties, with panoramic views towards the Oxfordshire Plain. The hills are often farmed, and in many places rare chalk streams can be found, an important habitat for wildlife. Red kites are a common feature of the Chilterns, with over 600 breeding pairs in the area.

Further to the North lies Wallingford, where Agatha Christie lived and worked. She is buried in nearby Cholsey. Wallingford is a historic town with 9th century streets and a picturesque ruined castle. To the west is Didcot, which is particularly known for the fantastic Didcot Railway Centre, which hosts a unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines.

A number of lovely villages – many of which have starred in Midsomer Murders or other TV programmes – can be found in this part of the county. Visit the prosperous Thames-side village of Dorchester, quiet picture perfect Brightwell cum Sotwell, bustling Watlington, and Ewelme with its 15th century red brick almshouses and the brook lined with water cress beds.

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