The quaint and peaceful rural village of Forest Hill is located just two miles east of the famous university city of Oxford. As you walk around the village you will see a diverse mix of old and new, surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside. Forest Hill’s 12th-century church of St Nicholas is where the poet John Milton married Marie Powell. The marriage was not a happy affair and forms the core of Robert Graves’ novel Wife to Mr Milton. The literary links don’t stop there. Poet and translator William Mickle lived at Manor Farm and is buried in the village churchyard.
The village also boasts a fantastic pub, The White Horse where you are guaranteed a warm welcome and can enjoy well-kept real ales and authentic Thai food. The recreation ground, located on the edge of the village, features a children’s play area, full size football pitch, five-a-side football pitch and brand new changing rooms. With easy links to the Oxfordshire Way and many other public footpaths, Forest Hill is the perfect place to start or end your country walk, be it short or long.