hook norton walking tour

Pyramids, pals and pioneers

‘Hooky’ beer is known around the world, but this edge-of-the-Cotswolds village is a hidden gem bursts with stories and fantastic sights. 

Pyramids: the spectacular towers that carried the railway to Hooky were called the 'Oxfordshire pyramids'. But the trains mostly carried powder, not people.

Pals: Henry VIII was so annoyed with one ex-drinking mate that he visited the village to tell him off. Other groups of pals sharpened their arrows in the church porch.

Pioneers: take your pick from religious dissidents, new treatments for mental illness (you had to be mad to come to Hooky at one time) or today's environment. Hooky has won awards for its low-carbon community.


The three 'B's of Hooky were beer, bread and bacon. Learn more about these and the three 'C's (soft of!) on this 90-minute walking tour - how builders got sneaky with staircases, the stream that let you escape justice and proof that Hooky was once under the sea.  


  • Temporarily suspended due to COVID restrictions.


  • £12.00 per person


​In normal times (can't wait!), all walking tours are bookable through Eventbrite by clicking on the button below. The £12 ticket price includes Eventbrite's fee: you won't pay more.


Hook Norton's famous brewery offers guided tours in the afternoons. Why not have lunch at the Brewery or in the village and then see how 'Hooky' beer is brewed?


I follow government and industry COVID-19 guidelines. The group will be able to maintain social distancing on this outdoor walk. I am also certified as a member of the 'We're good to go' scheme.

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'Your tour of Hook Norton was full of fun facts and is hugely entertaining with many fascinating stories. Would 10/10 recommend it to locals and visitors alike.'


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