Upper and Lower Oddington

  • Lower Oddington (Rob Farrow)
  • Lower Oddington (Rob Farrow)
  • Horse & Groom Upper Oddington

The adjoining villages of Upper and Lower Oddington lie on the eastern outskirts of Stow on the Wold. Together, they form the civil parish of Oddington.

Situated within the valley of the River Evenlode, Oddington is considered by many as one of the most desirable villages in the Cotswolds. Surrounded by beautiful countryside (which is easily accessible from a network of footpaths that weave through the village) one of the most attractive features in Oddington is the adjacent woods, which are particularly pretty in the spring months when the bluebells and wild garlic come out.

Travel Links

The historic market town of Stow on the Wold is only 2 miles outside of the village, whilst Moreton in Marsh (6 miles) and Chipping Norton (7 miles) are both within easy reach and offer a wide array of useful amenities.

The nearest train station is at Kingham (3 miles) which provides a mainline service between Worcester and London Paddington (via Oxford) and Oddington also benefits from the provision of regular bus services from The Villager Bus, which in 2004 received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for providing ‘extensive, reliable and economical transport for 65 villages in the North Cotswolds’.

Things to do & Amenities

There are two churches within the village, of which St Nicholas’s church is the older. Built in the 11th Century, the North wall of the church is covered with striking medieval paintings of the ‘Doom’ which date back to the early 15th Century and attract visitors from far and wide. With no artificial lighting or heating, the church holds special summer and candlelit Christmas services which are well attended.

The church of the Holy Ascension is midway between the two villages and in 2011 was altered to create a modern church centre for the seven villages and parishes within the Evenlode vale.

In addition to the two churches, Oddington benefits from a village hall which is the meeting venue of various local clubs, such as art and yoga classes and a monthly film club, and which sits adjacent to the children’s play area.

Undoubtedly one of the major draws to Lower Oddington is the renowned Fox Inn, a Cotswold stone quintessential British pub with flagstone floors, exposed beams and open fires. Well regarded by locals, The Fox is considered as a perfect setting for either a cosy, romantic meal or a larger family get together.

Upper Oddington is also blessed with a good country pub in the form of The Horse & Groom, which won the award for North Cotswolds CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2013. Featured in the Good Beer Guide for several years, the pub is passionate about providing superior food and drink and remains a firm local favourite.

Schools

The nearest primary school is either Stow on the Wold Primary School or Bledington Primary School, and for secondary school education Oddington falls into the catchment area for both The Cotswold School and Chipping Campden School.