Visit Midsomer

Explore Watlington and its Midsomer Murders filming locations from Wisteria Cottage. To find out more about Midsomer Murders and its filming locations see:

You can also view, download, and print the Visit Midsomer walking trail brochure - see the links on this page.

The cottage is within walking distance of the start of the trail. Please see the directions below on how to visit the trail starting from the door of our cottage.

Come out of the gate of Wisteria Cottage and turn left onto Britwell Road.

Pass the green where Cuxham Road forks left and follow Brook Street, looking at the variety of cottages you pass, trying to work out their original purpose, until you get to a main turning on the left called Couching Street.

Old Town HallContinue up this road, until you get to the Old Town Hall at the road junction with High Street and Hill Road. The Old Town Hall was built by Thomas Stonor in 1664 to provide a grammar school for boys. It subsequently became a Town Hall and more recently has become a market hall selling locally produced fruit and vegetables in the Undercroft with a meeting room above.

It features in an episode called Judgement Day season 3 episode 3 starring Timothy West and Hannah Gordon, where Joyce Barnaby is a judge in the Perfect Village Competition.

High StreetTurn left here and walk along the High Street whose buildings are many centuries old but many have much older origins than their current frontages suggest.

Calnan Bros Butchers, on the left also appeared in Judgement Day, coincidentally as a butchers shop. Their claim to fame is the Sykes sausage roll, named after Inspector Barnaby's dog.

GranaryJust across the road is The Granary at No 18, a delicatessen and coffee shop which featured as Harvey Crane's antiques shop in the episode Midsomer Rhapsody season 8 episode 8.


Continue further down the High Street, where sadly a traditional hardware shop burnt down in a fire in 2017, and look out for the library on the left which appeared as Causton Library in the episode called Orchis Fatalis season 8 episode 3 where a rare orchid is entered illicitly into the Midsomer Malham Annual Flower Show.

Across the road is an estate agents which features as a travel agent called Midsomer Travel in the same episode and as the Beauvoisin Estates office in Dead Mans 11 season 2 episode 3.

The War MemorialAt the War Memorial turn right into Chapel Street, which was originally called Monks Lane, past the attractive brick and flint cottages.

 

The ChequersYou will reach The Chequers pub, one of only 3 remaining from the original 16 there used to be in the town.

It has a very attractive garden at the rear where dogs are welcome.

Retrace your steps and take the first road on the right called New Road. This featured as Lower Warden in the episode called A Tale of Two Hamlets season 6 episode 3.

St Leonards ChurchAt the end of the road, continue onto the footpath then take the left fork, past Mansel Gardens on your right. At the end, turn right again and follow this path to St Leonard's Church.

Go through the lych gate and into this most attractive 13th century building but with much older origins. It's inside and outside featured in Ring out Your Dead season 5 episode 3 where bell ringers meet an untimely end.

The bells, however, hang in the tower of the church in Monks Risborough a few miles to the North. This episode starred Hugh Bonneville.

The church has also featured much more recently in series 19 when filming took place over a week in the autumn of 2016.

Come out of the lych gate and turn right until you meet Cuxham Road where you turn left. Follow the little stream on the South side of the road and look out for more of the disused pubs.

Just past one on the right, take a footpath over the stream and 10m later you return to Britwell Road where you turn right and return to Wisteria Cottage having completed our version of the Watlington Midsomer Walk.