Oxenber wood has become one of the places to see bluebells en-masse, and hence has become very popular in May. Starting at Wharfe, parking on the road just down from the village (between Austwick and Helwith Bridge), the sunken bridleway going NW through the hamlet and up the valley gives a variety of flowers in a quieter environment. For a 5.5mile walk, go left over a stile after the bridge over the Austwick Beck and traverse fields to a track running east/west just north of Austwick. Left down here to the road, and left on it. Turn right at the end of the campsite on a signed path, which turns left above the campsite and ascends to a track. Turn right, past Jop Ridding, continuing on the bridleway. When the first bluebell field is reached after a few yards a path leads through them diagonally up the hill, into a sparse wooded area. Keep right on a wide path, with areas of primroses and wood anemones, although not as many as in April. A steep descent exits the wood. Go left along the fields over nine stiles to Feizor, where the cafe makes a pleasant break. Continue north up the lane, and turn left over a stile a hundred yards or so after the summit. Follow the path down north north-westerly, passing over a stile after a bridge and head north-west to the road and your car.
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