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 11 miles north of Reading and 16 miles south of Oxford. The charming riverside and bustling market towns of Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames are 5 and 15 minutes away respectively by car. The equally lovely riverside villages of Goring & Streatley are only 8 minutes away by car.
In addition to the village centre, the Ipsden parish boundaries include the hamlets of Forest Row, Hailey, Homer, Well Place, Berins Hill and Ipsden Heath.
Ipsden, together with it's hamlets, comprises a population of just under 300 with a good community spirit. You will also find in Ipsden:
- a lovely Pub
- a well stocked Village Store and Post Office
- a super Farm Shop
- a great Nursery School
- a well supported Church with a Vicar who lives in the village
- a well kept and well used Village Hall
- a drama society staging super pantomimes
- a children's playground with swings, playwall, playset & slide
- a famous and active Cricket Club
- a residential College offering many vocational studies
- a number of thriving specialised businesses
- the most glorious countryside and views in Southern England
The list above is not exhaustive, but it hopefully gives a flavour of Ipsden and its life.
Residents who commute enjoy a road network that gets them to work in Reading in under 20 minutes, Oxford in under 30, Wallingford in 5, or Goring & Streatley in 8 minutes. The M40 junction 6 is easily accessible, as is the M4 junction junction 8/9 (for travelling to London or Heathrow), or junction 12 (for travelling west). Similarly, very frequent rail travel to London is available at Reading (taking only 30 minutes from Reading to Paddington), or from Goring & Streatley taking 58 minutes.
The above rail services are currently being electrified as part of the Great Western main line upgrade program. Capacity, speed and frequency will increase even further when the electrification is complete. In addition, Reading Station has been massively upgraded to receive the new Crossrail service which will take commuters directly into the City of London. The Great Western service to Paddington runs in parallel and will be even further enhanced by the electrification program.
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.
Ipsden is not only excellently positioned, the village also has excellent modern electronic communications. Residents, businesses and home workers enjoy excellent High Speed Broadband. Fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) was installed by BT Openreach in July 2015, financed in conjunction Oxfordshire County Council. Residents who choose to connect via BT Infinity receive download speeds in excess of 35Mbps. Standard Broadband which has been available for many years is also available, as is Countryside Wireless Broadband. 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.
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.
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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