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Welcome to Ipsden


Ipsden Village

Ipsden is a small village tucked away in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in a corner of South Oxfordshire. The centre of Ipsden Village lies just 10 miles north of Reading and 16 miles south of Oxford. The charming riverside and bustling market towns of Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames are nearby.

Ipsden, together with its hamlets, comprises a population of just over 300 with an excellent community spirit. You will find in Ipsden:
- a lovely pub
- a well-stocked village store and post office
- a farm shop
- a nursery school
- a well-supported Church with a Vicar who lives in the village
- a village hall
- a drama society
- a children’s playground
- an active cricket club
- a residential college
- a number of thriving businesses

Ipsden is surrounded by beautiful countryside with some of the most stunning views and walks in this part of England. The Ridgeway and the Icknield Way both pass through Ipsden; those paths with their many branches winding through the surrounding fields and woods enable genuine relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, as does simply living here! While walking in the Ipsden area, you are likely to see a wide range of birds and wildlife.

Residents who commute enjoy a road network that gets them to Reading in under 20 minutes, Oxford in under 30 minutes, Wallingford in 5 minutes, or Goring & Streatley in 8 minutes. The M40 junction 6 is easily accessible, as is the M4 junction 8/9 (for travelling to London or Heathrow), or junction 12 (for travelling west). Similarly, very frequent rail travel to London is available 20 minutes drive away at Reading with the fastest service taking only 23 minutes to Paddington. Trains from Goring and Streatley, which is an eight minute drive, take 52 minutes. All of these rail services are now electrified with new comfortable and quieter rolling stock. Reading Station will also shortly receive the new Crossrail service direct into the City of London.

School buses serve the excellent local county primary and secondary schools, and the Joint Abingdon Schools bus service stops less than a mile away in North Stoke serving:- Abingdon School, St Helen & St Katherine's, Our Lady's Convent and The Manor Prep School. The Oratory Prep School and The Oratory Senior School are both only a few minutes drive away in nearby Cray's Pond and Woodcote.

In addition to being excellently positioned, Ipsden has good modern electronic communications. Residents, businesses and home workers enjoy good High Speed Broadband. Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) was installed by Openreach in 2015, and extended to a second cabinet in 2020. Apart from a few outlying areas, most residents who choose a suitable package typically receive superfast download speeds of 70Mbps. Openreach are installing fibre direct to the homes of the few remaining remote areas as time and funding allow. Meanwhile, Countryside Wireless Broadband also has a high speed network in Ipsden, mostly covering remote farmsteads but available to all, whilst Mobile networks cover Ipsden well.

There are a number of farms in and around Ipsden, and excellent local produce is available from the thriving Farm Shop.

Deer are found in the woods and the famous Red Kites, which were reintroduced to the Chilterns in the mid 1980s, are often to be seen.

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