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White arrows with green ox logoOxdrove Way


40 km / 25 miles
The Ox Drove itself is part of an old cross-country route on the Downs to the northeast of Winchester called the Lunway, a name recalled in the former Lunways Inn at Itchen Wood. The Ox Drove was once a drove route for cattle.

Promoted as an off-road cycle and horse-riding route, it forms a figure of eight using the Ox Drove, initially heading north and visiting Preston Down, Bradley, Upper Wield, and Old Alresford. At Itchen Down, near Abbotstone, there is a westward loop to Itchen Wood, returning to Itchen Down, the route then passing through Abbotstone to reach the finish.

It is coincident in parts with the Three Castles Path and Wayfarer's Walk.

There is rolling downland, woods and farmland, and with a detour from the route, village facilities at New Alresford or, using a short link on the Three Castles Path, at Itchen Abbas, that also provides links to the Itchen valley routes (Itchen Way, St Swithun's Way, King's Way).

An Oxdrove leaflet may be downloaded free from the link below.


Waymark: White arrows with green ox logo
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: White arrows with green ox logo
Attributes: Average Gradients
Cycle Route
Horse Ride (Multi User)
Start and Finish: SU585361 - Abbotstone Down, Hampshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Oxdrove Way - West Section [YouTube video] Oxdrove Way - East Section [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Oxdrove Way  (Hampshire County Council  - 2010 ) Download


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 185
OS Landranger Active 185
OS Explorer 32, 144
OS Explorer Active 32, 144

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Route Profile:

39.5 km (24.5 miles)
549 m (1,801 ft) ascent
182 m (597 ft)  maximum height

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