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White arrows with green ox logoOxdrove Way

40 km / 25 miles

The Ox Drove itself is part of an old cross-country route on the Downs to the northeast of Winchester called the Lunway, a name recalled in the former Lunways Inn at Itchen Wood. The Ox Drove was once a drove route for cattle.

Promoted as an off-road cycle and horse-riding route, it forms a figure of eight using the Ox Drove, initially heading north and visiting Preston Down, Bradley, Upper Wield, and Old Alresford. At Itchen Down, near Abbotstone, there is a westward loop to Itchen Wood, returning to Itchen Down, the route then passing through Abbotstone to reach the finish.

It is coincident in parts with the Three Castles Path and Wayfarer's Walk.

There is rolling downland, woods and farmland, and with a detour from the route, village facilities at New Alresford or, using a short link on the Three Castles Path, at Itchen Abbas, that also provides links to the Itchen valley routes (Itchen Way, St Swithun's Way, King's Way).

An Oxdrove leaflet may be downloaded free from the link below.


Path Type
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Waymark: White arrows with green ox logo
White arrows with green ox logo
Average Gradients; Cycle Route; Horse Ride (Multi User); Downland/Wolds
Start and Finish
SU585361 - Abbotstone Down, Hampshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Oxdrove Way (Hampshire County Council - 2010)


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Route Profile:

39.5 Km (24.5 miles)
549 m (1,801 ft) ascent
182 m (597 ft)  maximum height