Banburyshire Rambles Photo-Journal

Paul Mobbs’ photographic record of his walks around ‘Banburyshire’ and ‘The Irondowns’, and occasionally, as part of his work around Britain, the areas beyond.

This index lists the Background Images that decorate the pages of the Banburyshire Rambles Photo-Journal.

Practically, there's no point decorating the background of the web page of the blog with pretty pictures as the page always gets in the way! This index allows you to view them as a list – camera or you can click the little camera icon at the top-left of each page to go directly to the image.

Each link below gives a little information about each picture, and allows you to download a copy the image (most are 1366x768 pixels, and a few 1920x1080 pixels resolution):

1. 01‘A Frosty Dawn at Rainsborough Camp’
An ancient settlement, made more spectacular by the frost and the dawn.
30th November 2016. (1920x1080 pixels)

2. 02‘Flowers on the M40 Embankment’
Crossing the Cherwell Valley near Warkworth.
5th July 2013. (1366x768 pixels)

3. 03‘The Hawk Stone and Wychwood’
The stone is captivating, but in this location it becomes something more – with the backdrop of a long bend in the Evenlode valley and Wychwood draped over the ridge beyond.
Beltane (1st May) 2018. (1920x1080 pixels)

4. 04‘Helmdon and its Viaduct from Stuchbury’
Following HS2 from Chipping Warden into Brackley.
19th April 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

5. 06‘The Rollright Stones Circle and The Whispering Knights’
Following ancient lanes around the Rollrights.
14th March 2019. (1920x1080 pixels)

6. 06‘The Welsh Lane across Danesmoor’
Following the route of HS2 in Banburyshire.
9th March 2018. (1366x768 pixels)

7. 07‘Roman Road near Bishop's Cannings Barrows’
On the first day of a cross-country backpack through an ancient landscape.
30th April 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

8. 08‘A Hard Frost on Sibford Heath’
Out for a day of fun in subzero temperatures.
7th December 2010. (1366x768 pixels)

9. 09‘Hail Storm at Broadway Tower’
Walking the north tip of The Cotswold Escarpment.
9th April 2016. (1366x768 pixels)

10. 10‘A Misty Sunrise on Crouch Hill’
Out in the cold mists of a Winter’s dawn.
16th January 2016. (1920x1080 pixels)

11. 11‘The Hoar Stone in Myriad Shades of Green’
The megalith in the trees shines in iridescent greens.
Beltane (1st May) 2018. (1920x1080 pixels)

12. 12‘The Source of Sor Brook’
A late Summer walk through the Irondowns.
12th September 2014. (1366x768 pixels)

13. 13‘Spring on Tadmarton Heath’
Walking the divide between the Severn and the Thames.
7th March 2015. (1366x768 pixels)

14. 14‘Burton Dassett from the Edgehill Escarpment’
Climbing the Edgehill to take in the views.
12th September 2014. (1366x768 pixels)

15. 15‘Hazy Sunset View of Banbury’
An evening excursion out over Overthorpe Hill.
15th February 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

16. 16‘Following The Jurassic Way into Priors Hardwick’
A day following the strands of The Jurassic Way.
18th April 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

17. 17‘Ditchedge Lane and the Jurassic Way’
Following the route of The Jurassic Way between two local high points.
19th July 2016. (1920x1080 pixels)

18. 18‘A Winter Sunset from Crouch Hill’
A quick evening’s walk around the block rewarded with the lingering colours of a Winter’s sunset.
21st January 2020. (1920x1080 pixels)

19. 19‘View over Churchill and Stow’
Finding views on a trail to find West Oxfordshire’s standing stones.
Beltane (1st May) 2018. (1366x768 pixels)

20. 20‘Adderbury Quaker Meeting House (1675)’
A trip to the historic Quaker Meeting House in Adderbury.
20th March 2016. (1366x768 pixels)

21. 21‘Thor’s Stone & Taston Wayfaring Cross’
They are a strange pair: A large megalith protruding from a retaining wall; and a weathered, battered old stepped stone cross in the middle of the road.
Beltane (1st May) 2018. (1920x1080 pixels)

22. 22‘Calstone Down and Cherhill’
The setting sun urges me on as I have to camp on the other side of that hill before dark.
30th April 2018. (1920x1080 pixels)

23. 23‘The Herepath, leaving Avebury’
Rain subsiding, I head to The Ridgeway to camp.
Beltane (1st May) 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

24. 24‘The Devil's Den’
Stopping for lunch at ‘The Devil's Den’ to try and fix my failing backpack.
2nd May 2019. (1920x1080 pixels)

25. 25‘Adam (and Eve), Longstone Cove, Avebury’
The Beltane morning getting hot and humid I decide to stop for ‘second breakfast’ in Longstone Cove.
Beltane (1st May) 2019. (1920x1080 pixels)

26. 26‘The Hawk Stone’
The location is beautiful, but get up close to the stone itself and you can see the ‘deep time’ etched into its surface.
20th March 2019. (1920x1080 pixels)

27. 27‘The Old Way Through the Woods’
An older way, missed by the modern hard roads network, linking together the ancient routes across the downs.
Beltane (1st May) 2018. (1366x768 pixels)

28. 28‘Storm brewing over Catesby’
Down through the village of Hellidon and onto the old gated road, the sun shown down on my back and the land all around – while over the rise, in the direction I was heading, the sky turned black.
29th April 2016. (1366x768 pixels)

29. 29‘Sun breaks the cloud on Madmarston Hill’
A grey day, walking around Madmarston Hill to pick-up Salt Way back into town; turning to take one look behind before plodding over the hill down into Broughton the sun broke the clouds, illuminating the valley beyond.
2nd January 2012. (1920x1080 pixels)

30. 30‘The Hawk Stone and the gathering clouds over Wychwood’
As I sit, munching food and brewing tea with my storm kettle, storm clouds gather over The Hawk Stone.
Beltane (1st May) 2018. (1920x1080 pixels)

31. 31‘Halse Copse’
The understorey is glowing green as the mid-Spring light streams in from above; and as far as you can see through the thicket the woodland floor is tinged with the purple-blue of newly sprouted bluebells. The coming of HS2 will change all that, though.
11th May 2018. (1920x1080 pixels)

32. 32‘On Ridgeway Lane near Longhole Bridge’
‘Ridgeway Lane’ is an absolute gem of a walking route, a three mile long green lane from Hunningham Hill crossing the broad valley to Upton – shown here just approaching the bridge over the Grand Union Canal (and the route of HS2).
5th May 2018. (1366x768 pixels)

33. 33‘Kingsash and Jones’ Hill Wood from Cobblershill’
Along the southern flank of the Misbourne valley beyond Missenden, the long ridge rises steadily for five miles through the beechwoods past Dunsmore to Coombe Hill – with, unfortunately, a grandstand view of the HS2 excavations, and the much-famed Jones’ Hill Wood.
18th May 2018. (1920x1080 pixels)

34. 34‘Cubbington Woods and the Leam Valley from Offchurch’
Looking north from the high bank of the River Leam in Offchurch the valley opens out, with Cubbington Woods on the horizon – which will be spanned by HS2’s proposed 10-metre high Leam Viaduct and embankment, diving into a cutting in the hillside just below the woods.
17th February 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

35. 35‘Dense Spring undergrowth in Cubbington Woods’
The bird song is deafening, all across the scrubby wet wood – looking south down the line of HS2’s cutting that will flatten half of the wood.
5th May 2018 (1920x1080 pixels)

36. 36‘A Sea of Fog and the Dawn’
Viewed from Bretch Hill, Crouch Hill nestles in a sea of fog as the sun rises behind it one Winter’s morning.
20th January 2016. (1366x768 pixels)

37. 37‘Akeman Street, near Sturdy’s Castle’
The raised bank of the old Roman road, ‘the agger’, is still visible hereabouts, as Akeman Street crosses the open landscape between Kirtlington and Stonesfield.
19th February 2013. (1366x768 pixels)

38. 38‘The Arbury Hill watershed’
Arbury Hill is the Central England watershed – with rivers draining to The Thames, The Severn, and The Wash from opposite sides of the large rounded hilltop.
29st April 2016. (1366x768 pixels)

39. 39‘Banbury Lane Bridge’
The name ‘Bridge Street’ in Banbury does not refer to the railway bridge; it refers to the stone Medieval bridge which carried ‘Banbury Lane’ over the River Cherwell.
3rd September 2012. (1366x768 pixels)

40. 40‘A Tomb with a View’
Besbury Lane Bowl Barrow sits on top of a ridge, the perfect viewpoint over a broad sweeping bend of the Evenlode valley, with Wychwood draped over the ridgeline beyond; for that reason alone it’s worth a visit!
20th March 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

41. 41‘Churchill Churchard’s Megaliths’
Stolen from the past in the Nineteenth Century; the boundary and retaining wall of Churchill’s ‘modern’ church were sourced by dismantling an ancient stone circle reputed to have stood in Sarsgrove Woods.
Beltane (1st May) 2018. (1366x768 pixels)

42. 42‘Churchill Standing Stone’
Buried in the hedgerow alongside the road, it is sometimes difficult to spot, though no one is sure whether this short stubby stone is an ancient monolith or not.
20th March 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

43. 43‘Kiddington Wayside Cross’
Worn-away by time, this small late-Medieval cross stands beside the road most often in the shade – though occasionally lit when the sun finds a gap in the trees.
10th October 2014. (1366x768 pixels)

44. 44‘Lyneham Long Barrow Portal Stone’
The portal stone stands seemingly alone in the field; until you realise the large scrub behind is all that remains of the structure that it was once attached to.
20th March 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

45. 45‘Upper Heyford Security Fence along Portway’
This fence along Portway Lane was once a battle line – in the Cold War between US military and peace campaigners.
28th March 2016. (1366x768 pixels)

46. 46‘North Leigh Roman Villa’
Close to where Akeman Street crosses the River Evenlode, the Romans built a large villa which once dominated the landscape – though today, little remains of either.
20th March 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

47. 47‘The King Stone’
Though chipped away at by Eighteenth Century souvenir hunters, the King Stone remains, enigmatically, trying to see Long Compton.
14th March 2019. (1920x1080 pixels)

48. 48‘The King’s Men Circle’
Even on a drab day, The King’s Men still have an air of mystery around them – their original shape and layout lost in the mists of time.
14th March 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

49. 49‘The Whispering Knights’
Awed by the view, The Knights stand silently watching the scene.
14th March 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

50. 50‘Sarsden Wayside Cross’
Though probably restored from its original form a few centuries ago, it still makes a lovely spot to sit and have a break after the climb up into Sarsden.
Beltane (1st May) 2018. (1366x768 pixels)

51. 51‘The Roundabout’
Though ploughed, quarried, and afforested, traces of this Iron Age settlement still remain to be seen.
20th March 2019. (1366x768 pixels)

52. 52‘Wyck Beacon Barrow’
On the windswept hill, with views for miles across the local landscape, many might miss the large round barrow that sits on top of the hill – or think it part of the trigpoint unceremoniously planted on top.
21st February 2018. (1366x768 pixels)