(S/E) Turn right out of the pub car park and walk along the road until you almost reach the end of the hamlet of Christmas Common.
(1) Turn right and go through the entrance to the drive of ‘The Tower’. Walk down the drive and after 150 yards bear right into the woods where indicated by a white arrow on a tree. Follow this path (following the white arrows) through mixed woodland, including some large old oak trees. This area and the beech woodland you walk through next are carpeted in bluebells in May. The path goes down the slope through an even aged stand of beech, then bears to the left following the contour.
(2) You will come to an open grassy area; the large house Watlington Park is on your left, with a vista over the Oxfordshire plain below you. The path continues straight on over the grassland, then reenters the woodland just before turning right. Go through the wooden gate into a steep grassy field; there is a conveniently placed log bench here, a good spot to enjoy the views. Walk straight down the steep hill, to a wooden gate. Go through the gate and carry straight on down the track for almost half a mile/0.8km. Walk past a brick lodge.
(3) Take a path on the right by a brick pillar about 50 yards before a road that goes off at an acute angle. This narrow path between hedgerows goes through 2 gates and starts climbing up a hill. At the next gate, continue straight on; this is the back of Watlington Hill which is owned and managed by the National Trust. Go through a metal kissing gate. Keep following the same path as it continues to climb up the hill going through open chalk grassland, scrub and woodland. Almost at the top of the hill, go through a wooden gate and walk straight on, past the car park on your left, to a road.
(4) At the road turn right, and walk to the junction; turn right again. At the Y junction take the right fork (towards Nettlebed and Henley) and you will soon return to the Fox and Hounds.(S/E)