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Witney is a thriving market town in Oxfordshire, just off the A40 Cheltenham to Oxford road.
Those familiar with the writings of A. A. Milne, in particular Winnie-the-Pooh might remember the game of "Pooh Sticks" from the book. The game is played on a bridge over a river and competitors drop their sticks in the river (at the same time) and see whose stick emerges downstream first. Childish fun but these days the town hosts the annual World Pooh Sticks Championship. Organised by the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires and raising funds for the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires Charitable Trust Funds. Held over the River Windrush close to the centre of town there are both team and individual competitions, though advanced registration is required.
The town railway station was closed in 1965 and has now been re-developed into an industrial estate.
- The town is on National Cycle Route (NCR) 57 that runs from near Northleach to the W to Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire. NCR 57 links to NCR 5 at Oxford, NCR 6 at Harpenden and NCR 12 at Welwyn Garden City.
- National Cycle Route (NCR) 442 passes 3½ miles NE of the town. NCR 442 runs 77 miles between Oxford and Worcester. Incormation of riding the route can be found on cycle.travel.
Witney town centre is compact and can easily be covered on foot. Even the surrounding housing estates are just a brisk 15 minute walk from the town centre.
Witney is home to the Wychwood Brewery, and many of the beers which it produces are available around the town. Priced around £2-3 per pint or bottle.
Witney has a few hotels. The Marlborough overlooks the Market Square in the town centre. The Witney Hotel and the Fleece Hotel, a great gastro pub can be found nearby on the beautiful Church Green.
2 Post Office, Unit 20 Woolgate Shopping Centre, Market Square, Witney OX28 6AP. M-Sa 09:00-17:30. Su 10:00-14:00.