|How to Find our Sites at West Vale and Useful Local Information|
A SHORT GUIDE TO FINDING THE MORE INTERESTING PLACES HERE IN WEST VALE
(The canal was built using imperial units, so we tend to stick to them!)
1. Shrivenham Village
Shrivenham is located in Oxfordshire near the A420 major road between Swindon (approx 6 miles) and Oxford (approx 20 miles). Shrivenham has a by-pass, so careful you may miss it in your rush to get here!
If traveling from Swindon direction take the Bourton turning on the right about a quarter mile after the dual arch railway bridge. (Hackern or Acorn Bridge). You pass over the culverted canal that runs alongside the A420 here. This is the site of Costers Lift Bridge and Bourton Wharf.
If traveling from the Oxford direction. After the Faringdon By-Pass (about 3 miles) on reaching a roundabout take the second left (signed Shrivenham, Defence Academy) into Watchfield and at the next roundabout (about 100 yards) go straight on and follow this road towards Shrivenham. (Note: pass Watchfield High Street on the right!). After about a half mile turn right at a small roundabout into Shrivenham High Street.
By Bus. Shrivenham is on Route 65 (Swindon to Faringdon) and 66 (Swindon to Oxford).
2. The Canalside Park
Is located in Stainswick Lane Shrivenham about 750 yards from the High Street.
• LOCATION: Nearest Postcode to the park is SN6 8DW (Glebe Close, 300 yards from the park) and the exact Map Ref is SU24307 88250
3. Shrivenham Arch Bridge (Station Road Bridge)
The only original bridge on the entire canal still in daily use is located on the B4000 (signed to Lambourn) (Station Road) about half a mile south from Townsend Road. It is a Grade II listed building - click here for details. There is a small place to park on the road next to the bridge adjacent to what remains of Shrivenham Wharf (Private property). You can also park in the forecourt to the electricity sub-station 30 yards past the bridge but don't block the gate!
• LOCATION: Nearest Post code is SN6 8JL and the exact Map Ref is SU23753 87938
4. Steppingstone Lane Bridge
Steppingstone Lane runs from the cross roads in Bourton village centre down to the Bridge. It's a green lane and the original ‘road' between Shrivenham and Bourton, now just a bridleway and is a pleasant half mile walk but can be muddy in the winter! Park your car at the beginning of the lane but please don't block gateways!
By Bus from Swindon - Route 65 stops at Bourton crossroads (approx hourly during daytime!)
• LOCATION: Nearest Post code Bourton crossroad is SN6 8HZ and the exact Map Ref for the bridge is SU23456 88003
USEFUL LOCAL INFORMATION
Doctors Surgery (hope you don't need this one) In the High Street by the Bus Stop and Stocks.
Prince of Wales Pub. www.powshrivenham.com/ Where we hold Branch Meetings - is in the High Street.
Shrivenham Bowls Club. Where we hold Quiz Nights and Functions.
Shrivenham Memorial Hall. Where we hold dances, attend fetes and functions etc.
Watchfield Village Hall. www.watchfield.org Where we hold functions and WRG volunteers eat and sleep.
Public Phone box. Opposite the Prince of Wales Pub and also in Highworth Road.
Post Offices. In Shrivenham High Street by zebra crossing and also in High Street Watchfield.
Places to Eat and get food and drink. In Alphabetical order, -
There are also two Indian restaurants, an English restaurant and a Chinese takeaway all in Shrivenham High Street but all have limited opening hours.