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The local area guide to living in Watlington

Watlington is a pretty, historic market town that lies south east of Oxford and north west of London. It’s become known for its nature – the vast woodlands of Watlington Hill are a National Trust site, and feature age-old Yew trees and bluebells which cover the forest floor in spring.

In recent years, the town has won the Royal Horticultural Society’s ‘In Bloom’ gold award three times. Watlington places great importance on taking care of its flora and fauna and is a major reason tourists come to visit. There are many local walks and hikes, and expansive nature trails including The Ridgeway National Trail. Warburg Nature Park and Hell Fire Caves – dug into the side of a chalk cliff – are roughly five miles out of Watlington.

Established, at its earliest records, in the 15th century, Watlington is rich in history. The town features flint and thatched buildings, a 17th century town hall and ruins of an old Norman church, all of which are ripe for exploring.

Information about the local residents

In the last count in 2011, Watlington’s population was cited at 2,727 people. More than half of the population work, normally in full-time roles. Those who don’t are either in part-time employment or retired. For those who do work, their professions are wide-ranging and skilled. Business and public service, technical, media, and the secretarial and admin industries are the biggest. A large part of Watlington’s residents are at manager, director or higher seniorities in the workplace.

Locals’ average age is equally wide-ranging, with the majority between 35-54 years old, closely followed by 55-64 and 65-74 year olds respectively. The majority live as one family in a whole house or bungalow, and they’re sometimes married with two or more children.

When it comes to transport, half of Watlington’s households own two cars, or one car and a van per household. This is their primary mode of transport and use their car (or van) for commuting to work.

Nearby schools

Watlington is very well catered for when it comes to schooling. It has its own state primary, which goes by the name of Watlington Primary School, with other well regarded options of Nettlebed Community School and Stokenchurch Primary within a short drive’s distance.

Icknield Community College is conveniently located for high school students, being a mere stone’s throw from the town’s high street and next door to Watlington Primary. Lord William’s School in Thame is another option, and is only 20 minutes away from the town.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of independent schools are in Oxford. In around a 25-minute drive, top schools including Headington School, Wycombe Abbey School, Radley College and Pipers Corner School are all readily accessible.

Getting around

Without an immediate train station most locals drive to work and for social get-togethers. The closest train station is Chosley, an 18-minute drive outside of Watlington, with services running into High Wycombe, Reading, London and beyond.

There are several local bus services though. Oxford Country Council run local routes. Thames Travel, Vale Travel and Oxford Tube offer services into Oxford, London and other locations.

Airports are relatively accessible from Watlington. London Heathrow is roughly 32 miles way – around half an hour in the car in light traffic. For budget flights, London Luton is also easily accessible, located 51 miles from Watlington and roughly an hour’s drive.

Local shops

With a selection of corner and convenience shops, supermarkets, banks and a post office all on hand in Watlington, it’s easy to source the essentials. Heading down the high street, you’ll find The Granary Delicatessen selling preserves, gift hampers and a selection of cheeses to keep those foodies among you happy. The deli has a café too, should you not want to wait until you get home.

Other cafés and coffee shops, a local butcher, bakers, and a chocolate shop are all dotted around. You can even source your own free range hog roast – plus all the veg to go with it – at The Black Pig, a local farm just right of the high street.

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