is a large, some would say rather characterless, South
Chilterns village. However a lot of people enjoy living there
and the village does have some redeeming features.
To quote from the village website:
‘To drive through Woodcote is to miss it. A green, a village
hall, a couple of modern shops and schools are all you
see. Nothing distinguished or distinguishing, certainly
none of the expected Thames Valley village charm with
its quota of church, pub and old cottages suitably rose
strewn and picturesque. Driving up from Whitchurch Hill
each day to work it feels like ascending to a village
in the clouds. With its radio mast to prove it, Woodcote
is the highest point in the South Chilterns, after Nuffield,
but leaves behind an impression of bungalows and open
spaces and not much more. True, there is the attractive
thatched barn of Church Farm overlooking the crossroads
and here lies the key to the puzzle. Woodcote is one of
the Chiltern villages which unlike their Thames Valley
cousins often have a common at their centre ringed around
with small farms. To find the centre you have to investigate
the periphery as old Woodcote is in the valleys and hollows
which surround its open heart. It is a pattern of settlement
laid down in very early times and little altered since,
rural but not at all isolated.’
There are two churches in the village - St Leonard's Church,
Church of England and the Church of Christ the King, Roman
Catholic. The latter is a modern timber-clad building.
In addition, a Methodist church meets at St Leonard's
Church once a month.
The Woodcote Rally is an annual festival of steam, vintage
& veteran transport with entertainment for all the family.
Crafts, trade stands, children's entertainment, protected
animals, live bands, a traditional fun fair and CAMRA's
famous Festival of Ale.
is about three miles west of Goring and a mile south of the A4074 road from Wallingford to