Reputedly England’s smallest town, Watlington has a very long history and offers striking architecture and an interesting selection of independent shops and services.
It is the heartland of the re-introduced Red Kites and many of these large and distinctive birds of prey can be seen flying around.
Watlington is situated 45 miles to the West of London in Oxfordshire, very close to the Chilterns, one of England’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The famous Watlington White Mark can be seen carved out of the chalk on Watlington Hill which is formed from part of the scarp slope rising above the town. It forms a triangle and rumour has it that it was created in 1764 by the local squire who was ashamed that the parish church didn’t have a spire!
Watlington is very well situated to the M40, just 3 miles from J6 along the B4009. Fast buses (the Oxford Tube, www.oxfordtube.com) leave every 12 minutes from this junction to London, Oxford, and less often to Heathrow and Gatwick airports (www.theairline.info ). The M40 connects London to Birmingham with links to the M4, M25, M5 and M6.
Several larger towns are very close by such as Wallingford 7 miles, Henley on Thames 10 miles, High Wycombe 13 miles, Oxford 14 miles, Reading 15 miles and Aylesbury 15 miles, and these offer a wide range of shopping, cultural and leisure opportunities.
The nearest railway station is at Cholsey, 10 miles away, with connections to London Paddington, Oxford and the West of England via Didcot Parkway. Princes Risborough is 11 miles away with trains to Aylesbury and London Marylebone. High Wycombe 13 miles away, also has trains to Aylesbury and London Marylebone, plus trains to the new stations at Oxford Parkway and Bicester Outlet Village.
South Oxfordshire consists of traditional English towns and villages often used as film locations because of the beauty of the Chilterns and the River Thames. The area around Watlington is particularly well known as part of the Midsomer Trail as it has featured in several episodes of this classic murder series (www.visitmidsomer.com).