The district of West Oxfordshire is a local government district. The district borders Gloucestershire and Wiltshire with the River Thames forming the south east border. Steeped in history the West Oxfordshire Cotswolds is a mix of market towns and picturesque villages.
The main population areas include the Brize Norton and Carterton, Chipping Norton, and Witney, the main town at the centre of the area.
All of West Oxfordshires towns and villages are well within the commuting belt for Oxford, London, Birmingham and Swindon with links via the M4 and M40 motorways the A34 trunk road, and mainline rail links from several stations in the area.
West Oxfordshire Attractions
The West Oxfordshire Cotswolds are a major tourism centre and there are many attractions in the district. Blenheim Palace at Woodstock, Chastleton House, on the Gloucestershire border, Buscot Park, Cotswold Wildlife Park and gardens and the Cogges Manor Farm Museum is great examples of day's out.
Walkers are well provided for with several major footpaths and cycle ways serving much of the area. The Glyme Valley Way is a 16-mile walk from Chipping Norton, following the path of the River Glyme, to Woodstock; the Oxfordshire Way is a 68-mile recreational walk that runs southeast from Bourton-on-the Water through to Henley-on-Thames and the Wychwood Way from Woodstock in the east to Ascott-under-Wychwood in the west.
West Oxfordshire has a number of golf courses and West Oxfordshire Council manages a number of leisure centres at Eynsham, Carterton, Chipping Norton and Witney.