Thor's Stone and Rochester's Tomb

The walk over mainly level or partly undulating countryside with some good views over the Evenlode Valley. There are no steep ascents or descents and it includes a local nature reserve and a deserted village. Taston is named after "Thors Stone", probably the remains of an ancient burial chamber. The church of Spelsbury is the burial place of the notorious Earl of Rochester. The Spendlove car park situated next to the Co-op in the centre of the village is a free long stay car park.

Escape to the Cotswolds

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.

Difficulty: Moderate
Date: Tuesday 11 February 2014
Time: 10.00
Duration: 3 hours
Distance: 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village: Chipping Norton and Witney
OS Grid Ref: SP 358 196
Starting Point: Charlbury Spendlove Car Park
Leader: Tony Graeme
Organiser: Cotswold Voluntary Wardens
Suitable for Families: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No