The route actually begins in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire, a village renowned for its beauty and more practically a place it is easy to get to. After the first six miles the path enters Oxfordshire and continues wholly within that county (apart from a minor trespass into Buckinghamshire towards the end).
The route follows the River Evenlode down through the Cotswolds until at Stonesfield it turns east along the Roman road known as Akeman Street, crossing the Cherwell near Kirtlington.
Soon after, the route turns south and south-east, to Islip and Noke and many other little villages in this calmer part of Oxfordshire.
East of Watlington, the route climbs the Chiltern escarpment to Christmas Common and makes its way south through the hills finally to drop down to Henley on Thames, finishing by the river, which is the county’s southern border.
- Oxfordshire Way article on Wikishire