The Fat Fox Inn is located at the centre of the small attractive medieval market town of Watlington with rolling views of the Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Town is steeped in history and is first recorded as a Saxon settlement in the 8th Century, but the discoveries of a Bronze Age Axe and Roman Coins suggest an earlier past. In addition to being on the doorstep to the Chilterns it also benefits from the nearby Ridgeway; a National trail running along the town’s east border. There are numerous National Trust Properties near Watlington.
The list of activities to do in and around Watlington is endless but we have included a few of our very favourites below along with local activities and amenities …
Places to visit
Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve
Perched high on the Chilterns escarpment, the reserve
contains flower-rich chalk grassland, woodland and juniper
scrub. There are fantastic views over the Oxford plain and
it’s a great place to watch red kites soaring overhead. For
more info visit chilternsaonb.org
West Wycombe Hellfire Caves
A tour down the haunted caves takes you along deep winding
passages which extend over a quarter of a mile underground
and lead past various small chambers to the Banqueting
Hall, and then further down over the River Styx. According
to mythology this River separated the living world from the
Underworld. For more info visit hellfirecaves.co.uk
Described as Britain’s oldest road, the Ridgeway National Trail follows the ancient Ridgeway from Overton Hill, near Avebury, to Streatley, then follows footpaths and parts of the ancient Icknield Way through the Chiltern Hills to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. The National Trail is 87 miles (140 km) long.
The worlds centre of learning. The dreaming spires and a
chance to take a punt out on the river. Oxford is a beautiful city of stunning architecture, history and culture. You’ll find ancient and modern colleges, fascinating museums and galleries, and plenty of parks, gardens and green spaces in which to relax.
Amenities & other activities
Watlington high street
The high street is a hub of boutique shops and eateries. We
have a large supermarket, deli, pharmacy, beauty salon and
an indian restaurant – all within a few minutes walk.
Virgin Balloon flights take off from Henley-on-Thames. For
more info visit virginballoonflights.co.uk
The Oxfordshire Golf Course
One of the finest golf courses in the country, it is a true
gem. This course has strategically-contoured holes that
blend naturally into the surrounding countryside providing a
challenging game of golf, topped off by four lakes and 135
Waterstock Golf Course
An excellent public course. Set in some of Oxfordshire’s
most beautiful and peaceful countryside, a designated area
of outstanding natural beauty.
Springs Golf Course
This championship golf course was designed by former
Ryder Cup Captain Brian Huggett MBE and can be enjoyed
by golfers of all levels. A wonderful public course.