Sustainable Woodstock

We aim to raise public awareness among the residents of Woodstock and beyond on the climate emergency, energy conservation, sustainable travel, waste reduction, recycling, bio-diversity, sustainable economics and respect for the planet. 
We are working with local councils, Woodstock Town Council, local schools and churches, Blenheim Palace, local businesses, the Farmers Market and the Woodstock trade association, Wake Up to Woodstock

Sustainable Transport

Image result for cycling clip art imagesWOODSTOCK SAFE ROUTES PROJECT

The inaugural meeting of the Villages Travel Network will take place on 25th January 2021.  This page (and two other pages "Villages Travel Network" and "Cycle Safe Routes") will be rebuilt following the formation of the Network.

For the latest news and full details go to the Woodstock Safe Routes page

Safe and Sustainable Travel for Woodstock


Our aim is to campaign for safe and secure routes for cyclists and pedestrians within Woodstock and, locally, beyond the town.

We have three immediate aims:-

We also want to look at other cycle/footway possibilities that may be needed as a consequence of the planned expansion of the town.

We believe that the town’s imminent development provides a once in a generation opportunity to secure the best possible built environment for the town and that this should not fail simply through lack of funds from S 106 or through inadequate Local Government funding.

The “Woodstock Safe Routes” sproject will provide a platform for all with an interest in encouraging walking and cycling and to consider how we can improve people’s ability to safely move about the town on foot or by bike.  Walking and cycling reduces pressure on town centre parking and improves people’s health and well being.  We would like to involve as many organisations as possible in our “conversation.”  We want to find out what is needed, where and how it might be provided, and, of course, how it can be funded.  It is possible that some grant funding may be available and Sustainable Woodstock is looking further to develop these and other funding streams.

LCWIP.  What is it all about?  The LCWIP is the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan and is part of a £300 million bid by Oxfordshire to increase cycling as a sustainable travel mode by 33% over ten years.  It will be facilitated with traffic restraint measures (Connecting Oxfordshire) throughout Oxford City.  What will it mean for Woodstock - or will we be left in the cold.  You can read Colin Carritt's report on the Draft LCWIP and the Connecting Oxfordshire plans here

Members of "Woodstock Safe Routes" group are:-

Colin Carritt (Chair), David Rees, David Walker and Darrell Marchand from Sustainable Woodstock.
Penelope Marcus, Hanborough Parish Council
Sarah Watkinson Bladon Parish Council
Stan Scott, founder of Friends of Old Woodstock
Jane Ma, Woodstock resident
Declan Doran, Woodstock resident
Ed King, Woodstock resident

Supportive representatives from local authorities include:-

Woodstock Town Council
Bladon, Hanborough and Eynsham Parish Councils
Cllr Ian Hudspeth OCC

Cllr Dan Levy WODC
Cllr Suzanne Bartington OCC
Cllr Mathew Parkinson WTC

We hope you will join our campaign.  Just tell us if you're interested by emailing here


There are a number of groups currently campaigning for more sustainable travel options and in particular the provision of infrastructure for safer cycling.  Among these groups are:-

As a result of the growing number of campaigning groups for better cycling and walking infrastructure in the area it is planned to hold an inaugural meeting of all the stakeholders early in the New Year to:-

Blenheim have published their own "Emerging Vision Sketchbook" that charts how they see the Blenheim Estate working over the next 20 years with the villages that surround them and that are separted by them, and with the highways and planning authorities, to develop their vision to "villages in a garden".  It's a good read with much food for thought.  You can download it here (33MB!)

Comments from group members and others are on the Cycle Safe Routes page

The Problem:-

The narrow pavements and carriageway Old Woodstock and at The Black Prince pub

Left:  Narrow pavements and carriageway at The Causeway  Right:  The A4095 Hanborough to Bladon

And this is what can happen without adequate safety protection .....

General Interest Items:

Want to see what good cycle planning can achieve?

Waddesdson Greenway

This is the Greenway linking Aylesbury Parkway railway station to the National Trust's Waddesdon Manor.  Funded by the Cycle Rail Working Group and the Department for Transport, the Greenway is part of a scheme to connect rural communities to their nearest rail station.  Read more here  or here

Cllr Suzanne Bartington calls for cycling upgrades to A4095 in West Oxfordshire

The county’s former cycling champion has called for improvements to a bike path on a major West Oxfordshire road. Suzanne Bartington wants ‘long term’ upgrades to cycling facilities on the A4095 between Witney and Woodstock, after flagging up a poorly maintained stretch near Bladon.

Suzanne said, “This is a KEY LINK from Hanborough to Blenheim Palace, where we have BBC Countryfile Live involving a lot of cars. Please can we really start prioritising active travel.” The councillor now wants cyclists on the A4095 to be more ‘protected’, with potential measures including widening and improving the path, and has urged riders to complete the county council’s cycling survey online. Read also: County council survey to improve cycling - have your say.  County council spokesperson, Martin Crabtree, revealed the authority was looking into improving the route. He said: “There is currently nothing specific planned for the A4095, however we are exploring options along the route where it may be possible to widen or improve the path. “Currently there is no budget identified for this work so this will also need to be taken into consideration.”


Two interesting articles sent to me by Sarah Watkinson from Bladon:-

Oxfordshire County Council's Local Transport Plan

Many of our demands closely match the policy aspirations of Oxfordshire County Council as set out in its Local Transport Plan:-

Policy 03 Oxfordshire County Council will support measures and innovation that make more efficient use of transport network capacity by reducing the proportion of single occupancy car journeys and encouraging a greater proportion of journeys to be made on foot, by bicycle, and/or by public transport.

Policy 17 Oxfordshire County Council will seek to ensure through cooperation with the districts and city councils, that the location of development makes the best use of existing and planned infrastructure, provides new or improved infrastructure and reduces the need to travel and supports walking, cycling and public transport.

Policy 19 Oxfordshire County Council will encourage the use of modes of travel associated with healthy and active lifestyles.

Policy 20 Oxfordshire County Council will carry out targeted safety improvements on walking and cycling routes to school, to encourage active travel and reduce pressure on school bus transport.

Policy 34 Oxfordshire County Council will require the layout and design of new developments to proactively encourage walking and cycling, especially for local trips, and allow developments to be served by frequent, reliable and efficient public transport. To do this, we will [inter alia] ensure that developers promote and enable cycling and walking for journeys