Oxfordshire's VTN is
Bladon Combe Hanborough Glympton Stonesfield Woodstock Wootton and Blenheim


safe routes genericWelcome to Oxfordshire's Village Travel Network.

Bringing villages together to enable sustainable travel, connectivity and networking that enhances community safety, wellbeing, social opportunities and longer term environmental and low carbon benefits

The Village Travel Network has a new Chair.  After three years, Sustainable Woodstock member, Colin Carritt, has stood down and his role is taken by Mick Heduan MBE from Stonesfield. 

Mick is a Stonesfield Parish Councillor and pioneered the successful “Route to School” project, together with the Marlborough School and Blenheim Estates, that has provided a safe route for kids from Stonesfield and Combe to cycle to school in Woodstock via Blenheim Park.  Mick’s background before retirement was with Transport for London and the Crossrail Project ensuring the safe movement of construction traffic around the metropolis highways

In April 2023 Blenheim Palace opened its new Community Path between Bladon and Hanborough Rail Station.  It is open during daylight hours to walkers and cyclists.  Read more ......

Even before the Village Travel Network had set up shop, finding a suitable "Cycle Route to School" for students from Combe and Stonesfield to the Marlborough School in Woodstock was a challenge.  Stonesfield and Combe parishes, working with the Marlborough School and Blenheim Palace provided an inspiring solution.  Read more .....

The new Highway Code provides new safeguards for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.  Read more .....

The Village Travel Network continues to campaign for better and safer active travel connectivity between and within our communities.  Just a few of our ideas are listed here.  Read more ....

The Village Travel Network's Objectives are:-

  1. To deliver environmental, low carbon, safety, health and social benefits that demonstrate best practice across the village network and protect nature and habitats.

  2. 20 mph speed limits in all residential and shopping areas where pedestrians and cyclists mix. Routes to Hanborough Station to be prioritised  

  3. Key inter-village routes to be declared with priority given to pedestrians and cyclists

  4.  Key east west connections to be facilitated with new restricted and conditional routes through Blenheim Park.

  5. Where inter-village routes cannot easily be prioritised for cyclists and pedestrians, off-road routes to be investigated for upgrading for cycles, with minimal disturbance to the rural landscape or to the peaceful enjoyment of walkers.

  6. Good links to public transport