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Villages and countryside criss-crossed with trails

These two very English villages and their surrounding patchwork quilt of fields, woodland spinney, water meadow and parkland, are just perfect for relaxing and exploring.

Perched on the West Oxfordshire border, these traditionally farmed estates spanning 7,000 acres, are criss-crossed by miles of circular walks and family trails for you to discover.

Settled on one of the most tranquil and unspoilt stretches of the River Thames, Buscot is a haven for wildlife with the chance to glimpse kingfishers, otters and more. Dating back to the Domesday Book, Coleshill is a rural place where time appears to have stood still. Nearby, woodland copses give way to sweeping fields and parkland with far-reaching views.

Eleven let farms and 850 acres of woodland form a major part of the estates, alongside an award-winning pub and an organic farm shop, plus a community shop and a tea-room, both offering a mouthwatering range of homemade cakes.

Coleshill 1940s day

Imagine life as an Auxiliar at wartime Coleshill

Sunday 20 September 10am - 5pm
Step back in time and join us for a family street party, 1940s style.
Re-enactors, vintage vehicles, big band music, rural crafts, face-painting, teas, icecreams and BBQ.
Adult £4, child £2 (including National Trust members)

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Summer's here

See irridescent dragonflies dart over the river and wait for one to alight

The long sunny days are a great time for spotting damsels and dragonflies as they hunt for food by the River Cole. You can find out more about these superb flying machines here

 

Dogs welcome

Visitors walking their dogs through the estate

Whatever the season, our network of paths and trails are loved by families, dog-walkers and serious ramblers alike whether it's bluebell time or a winter wonderland of frost or snow. Dogs must be put on leads near livestock and kept under close control at all times.

Take the challenge

Having problems persuading your brood to get outside? Why not sign up to our 50 Things challenge for lots of fun outdoor adventures, like den building, tree climbing and discovering what's in a pond.

Coleshill's Auxiliers remembered

Officers of the Auxiliary Unit on the steps of Coleshill House

Officers of the Auxiliary Unit on the steps of Coleshill House

The bravery of the men who trained as members of Churchill’s secret army here at Coleshill, was officially commemorated for the first time this November. Following years of campaigning, surviving veterans of the British Resistance, or the Auxiliers, were finally given permission to march past the cenotaph in Whitehall on Armistice Sunday.

Set up by Winston Churchill in 1939 under the command of Major General Sir Colin Gubbins, the unit was Britain’s last line of defence in the event of German invasion. Ten years ago, the Museum of the British Resistance Organisation started a campaign to try and get Auxiliers marching.  In 2011, Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) renewed the campaign and permission was granted by the British Legion.  The march was led by Major General Gubbins’ grandson, Michael Gubbins.  Surviving Auxiliar, Trevor Miners of Perranporth Patrol, carried the wreath.

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