Launched in June 2014, Walks In Oxfordshire is the definitive guide to walking in the county, with routes and information compiled and edited by me, Martin Jefferies.
I moved to the county from east Kent in 2013 with my wife Clare and instantly fell in love with the area and its variety of landscapes – from the stunning hills of the Cotswolds and the Chilterns and the swathes of open countryside to the winding Oxford Canal and the picturesque villages which line its route.
When I’m not wandering around the Oxfordshire countryside, I work as a digital producer at Sky News, a 24-hour multi-media news operation based in Osterley, west London. I previously worked as an iPad sub-editor at Britain’s best-selling quality Sunday newspaper, The Sunday Times, and as chief reporter for the KM Group of newspapers and radio stations in Kent.
I’m grateful to the various companies and organisations without whom this website wouldn’t be possible. The entire site runs off the wonderful WordPress publishing platform, it’s hosted by the fabulous team at Vidahost from a state-of-the-art data centre in Slough, Berkshire, and the domain name is registered with the lovely people at LCN. The website is coded by hand using the fantastic Sublime Text editor and the files make their way to the web using the excellent Cyber Duck FTP client. Maps are provided by the dedicated team at Ordnance Survey through the OS OpenSpace initiative, GPS tracks are compiled using Google Earth and GPSies and elevation profiles are produced using software from CanvasJS.com. The folks at Zendesk provide our helpdesk and customer support software.
I’m also grateful to the National Trust and English Heritage for the brilliant work they do to keep Britain’s most important countryside and history in such amazing condition, and the countryside access team at Oxfordshire County Council for clearing the county’s footpaths and keeping routes so well signposted.