As British summertime rolls around again, the English countryside bursts into bloom in an irresistible array of colours, tones and scents. Hedgerows throng with creatures, birds sing endlessly and distant church bells can be heard sounding. It’s enough to make you want to get outside and explore.

So, what better than to combine a jaunt with an insightful tour of the locations of your favourite TV show? It’s not every programme that gets its own walking trail. But then Midsomer Murders has never been any ordinary show.

If you’re a fan of the show and are new to our blog, you might not know about the two (that’s right, two) Midsomer Murders driving tours. Easily accessible from the M4 and M40, these driving tours take in some of the towns and villages that have doubled up as fictional settings in the show – and the good news is that they’re just as beautiful in real life.

The Southern Trail takes in the Causton Playhouse and Badgers Drift Primary School (unforgettable locations for any fan of the show). Plus, there are a number of manor houses and pubs to enjoy along the way. The tour also covers Henley, Nettlebed, Goring and Wallingford amongst others.

The Northern Trail starts in Dorchester and passes through Ewelme, Watlington, Chinnor and the Miltons. Along the way you’ll pass Causton Library and the Midsomer Newton Museum.

Alternatively, if you are travelling without a car, the area is accessible by train and is home to some truly beautiful walks and pathways that are well worth exploring. We recommend staying the night, or even two, in the area as once you are here you really won’t be in any hurry to leave.

So, if you’re a fan of the show, or simply at a loose end this weekend, why not pay a visit to Southern Oxfordshire and take a tour?