As a cold, snowy and wet January finally gives way to February, we edge ever closer to the joy of new life, warmer temperatures and greener leaves that spring brings (although this being the UK we probably shouldn’t count our chickens just yet). But with any luck, we’ll start to notice the weather turning in our favour and the sun shining a little bit more than it has been. And when it does, it’s time to get outside and take advantage of it.

The one plus point about the last few weeks of terrible weather has been that we’ve had some new episodes of Midsomer Murders to keep us entertained on the long wintry nights. First there was ‘The Sicilian Defence’ early in the New Year, then at the end of January another brand new episode called ‘Schooled in Murder’, starring former Eastender Martine McCutcheon. With the promise of new episodes throughout the year, we can look forward to 2013 with some excitement.

As much as we would love it to be the case, Midsomer can’t be on our screens everyday of the week. So that means that sometimes we just have to get out there and find other things to do. But with spring just around the corner, we think we’ve come up with the perfect solution. Why not take a trip to some of Midsomer’s gorgeous Southern Oxfordshire countryside and Buckinghamshire filming locations?

If you fancy walking in the footsteps of Barnaby or even visiting the scene of some of the show’s grizzly murders, then it’s all here in Southern Oxfordshire, just a short trip from London. The show is famous for it’s depiction of traditional English rural life and the sumptuous settings that go hand in hand with that lifestyle. And the best thing is that they are all real locations found around the area.

For those of you that were lucky enough to see ‘The Sicilian Defence’ episode, you can visit Warborough in Oxfordshire to see many of the locations used during filming. Keen eyed fans amongst you might also recognise them from a previous episode ‘The Sleeper Under the Hill’.

There are hundreds of great Midsomer locations all over the region. From stately homes to parish churches and everything in between, this familiar scenery is enchanting and made even more special for fans of the show who recognise it. There’s so much to see that you could spend weeks travelling around all the filming locations in Southern Oxfordshire. And who knows, with a busy filming schedule ahead for 2013, you might even turn up at the right place just at the right time to catch the cast and crew in action. Now that would put a spring in your step.