Archive for the ‘Within 5 miles of Bloxham’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Addebury Circular

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  • Start – 2.7 miles from Bloxham
  • Length of walk – 2.8 miles (4.5 km)
  • Fairly flat
  • Dog – friendly

Introduction

The walk starts at the village green, heads off towards Bodicote and then to the end of Bloxham Grove before heading back to Adderbury.

Adderbury is about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Banbury and 9 miles (14 km) from Junction 10 of the M40 motorway. The Sor Brook divides the village in two and each part has its own green and manor house.

GPS Data and route instructions

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Route
AddC_01 52.0197 -0.3126
Start at the village green. Head for the hairdresser’s shop and along Croft lane
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As the lane opens into a field head NW across scrub.1
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Stay on the path through a gateway and along ther edge of the field.
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Turn left through a kissing gate and head diagonally right to a gate in ther corner of the field
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Through the gate, along the field edg. Just past a wide gap in the hedge head diagonally NW downhill.
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Go through a gap in the hedge (across a plank bridge) then turn left and follow the ditch as it turns the corner, then turn left to cross over it and immediately right to go along a grass track.
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Go through a gate and turn left. field towards the small building near Lower Grove Mill.
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Head past a reservoir (on your right), turn left onto a wide track, over the bridge and between the buildings and through a field gate.
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Along the field edge track, through a gate ato where you can see the windmill Bloxham Church in the distance.
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Turn left at the track junction and go down the tree lined avenue.
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See views of Adderbury Church in the distance on your left. Follow the path diagonally SE, up a slope, across the centre of a field and over a stile.
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Cross the next field, through a woodland strip down to a gate with a stile to its left.
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Over the stile, across the meadow and through a kissing gate.
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Cross the Sor Brook via the footbridge and a gate.
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Turn right and head uphill, then through a gate between two stone walls and along the alleyway into Manor
Road.
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Turn left and head down Manor Rd back towards the village green.
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AddC_18 52.0169 -0.3122

 

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PostHeaderIcon Barfords Circular

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  • Start: 2.2 miles from Bloxham
  • Length of walk: 2.25 miles  (3.6 km )
  • Fairly flat
  • Dog friendly but  farm animals on outward route

This walk commences in Barford St Michael whichis is a village on the south bank of the River Swere. Barford probably means barley ford – a place to cross the river at harvest time. In 1086 it was known as Bereford, and by around 1250 as Bereford Sancti Michaelis. Barford

The village has an attractive church which may be worth a visit before the walk. Some of the church is Norman but much of the rest was rebuilt in the 13th century in the Early English style

The second half of the walk runs alongside a disused airfield: RAF Barford St John’s .
The airfield was opened in World War 2 as training facility used primarily by the Flying Training School from RAF Kidlington. It was later modified for use by RAF Upper Heyford and Bomber Command flew Wellington bombers and Mosquitoes from there .
In 1943 it was used for test flights of the first jet, the Gloucester Whittle, and it’s successor the Meteor. The airfield was mothballed in 1946 but has subsequently assumed a role in government communications as evidenced by the many aerials dotted across it.

GPS Data

Waypoint N E N degrees N Minutes W degrees W Minutes
BarfordSJ 01 51.995292 -1.36371 51 59.71752 1 21.8226
BarfordSJ 02 51.994553 -1.353765 51 59.67318 1 21.2259
BarfordSJ 03 51.99524 -1.344023 51 59.7144 1 20.64138
BarfordSJ 04 52.000068 -1.345289 52 0.00408 1 20.71734
BarfordSJ 05 52.000035 -1.3452575 52 0.0021 1 20.71545
BarfordSJ 06 51.999692 -1.348143 51 59.98152 1 20.88858
BarfordSJ 07 51.998879 -1.352005 51 59.93274 1 21.1203
BarfordSJ 08 51.997591 -1.354687 51 59.85546 1 21.28122
BarfordSJ 09 51.998833 -1.359687 51 59.92998 1 21.58122
BarfordSJ 10 51.99849 -1.362648 51 59.9094 1 21.75888

Route Description

  1. Start – straight along farm road.
  2. Dilapidated farm cottage and pond.
  3. Keep heading towards the big farmhouse and then turn left (North) to pass through a field along the bottom of a hill on which the farmhouse stands.
  4. Leave the field via a cronky wooden gate! You can go wrong here! Don’t follow the main footpath North. Turn left and pass through another gate just 20m or so away.
  5. Now head more or less west along the side of the field with a ariels on your right.
  6. Keep going basically west.
  7. Keep going basically west.
  8. The pathway bends slightly northwards here.
  9. Arrive at a gate to your left and head through this to the road.
  10. Turn left and head back to the starting point along the road.

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PostHeaderIcon Deddington Circular – East Loop



  • Start – 4.6 miles from Bloxham
  • Length of walk – 6.5 miles (10 km)
  • Gently undulating
  • Dog – friendly – but take a lead

Introduction

Deddington is a pretty village with an attractive market place. Deddington Parish Church first appears in historical records in 1254. The massive west tower once had a tall spire that collapsed in 1634, damaging the rest of the church. Rebuilding had to await the end of the Civil War during which King Charles I had the church bells melted down for artillery.
There was also a Deddington Castle dating mostly to the 11th-14th centuries but this is now just a grass mound.
The walk starts in the MarketPlace, heads south-east and then loops north to Clifton. From here it goes north-west towards PaperMill cottages before looping back south-west to Deddington. The walk is signposted but when we walked this at least two signs were totally overgrown.

Deddington is about 6 miles (10 km) south of Banbury and 7 miles (11 km) from Junction 10 of the M40 motorway.

GPS Data

Waypoint N W Route description
D01 51 58.674 1 19.238 Walk through to the main Oxford Road and head south until you get to Chapmans Lane on the outskirts of the village.
D02 51 58.627 1 19.144 Head up Chapman Lane
D03 51 58.374 1 18.489 Left at the Farm and right at the T- junction past an aviary and farmhouse to a T-junction by a pond. (Look out for herons!)
D04 51 58.197 1 18.101 Right and continue to end of hedged lane.
D05 51 58.078 1 17.901 Left. Follow hedge and pass through 1st gate
D06 51 58.078 1 17.901 Through a further gate and diagonally right across a field. (Sheep!)
D07 51 58.074 1 17.575 Down the hill to South Brook. Left through 1st gate with hedge on your right alongside 2 fields
D08 51 58.276 1 17.289 At the end of 2nd field turn left and in 100m right through a gate along a field edge.
D09 51 58.419 1 17.201 Continue to a gate and along a hedged lane to Clifton
D10 51 58.948 1 17.265 Turn left at the Duke of Cumberland pub down the main road.
D11 51 58.935 1 17.397 Right opposite manor Farm up Tithe Lane.
D12 51 59.317 1 17.740 Pass a house after about 800m.
D13 51 59.683 1 17.842 There should be a waymark post about 600m further – before the track swings right. Turn left along the edge of a field – hedge on your right.
D14 51 59.650 1 18.061 At the end of the field turn left again to the end of the field.
D15 51 59.501 1 18.096 Right onto a track that goes left then right.
D16 51 59.438 1 18.113 Follow the track past houses and offices in the distance where it turns into a concrete road.NW
D17 51 59.201 1 18.702 Fork right diagonally across a field with Deddington church to your right.
D18 51 58.977 1 18.92 Arrive back in Deddington and bear right back to the villager centre along Earl Street

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PostHeaderIcon Grimsbury Reservoir Circular

  • Start:  4.6 miles from Bloxham
  • Length of walk: 1.5 miles (2.4km)
  • flat – as a pancake!
  • dog friendly
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Grimsbury Reservoir is a relatively small reservoir fed by the River Cherwell and owned by Thames Water and used both for water supply and sporting activities.
In the mid 1960s, when the reservoir was built the Banbury Ornithological Society negotiated  for a four hectare area to be set aside and developed as a wildlife sanctuary to address the potential importance of the area to birds .
A walk around two sides of the reservoir has been established  but this also links up with a pathway through a nature reserve and  the canal towpath . This walk takes in all three providing a short but varied exploration of the area.

GPS Data

Waypoint N E N degrees N Minutes W degrees W Minutes
Grm01 52.078537 -1.327172 52 4.71222 1 19.63032
Grm02 52.079938 -1.326829 52 4.79628 1 19.60974
Grm03 52.079294 -1.330604 52 4.75764 1 19.83624
Grm04 52.078495 -1.335519 52 4.7097 1 20.13114
Grm05 52.076504 -1.336365 52 4.59024 1 20.1819
Grm06 52.073557 -1.336788 52 4.41342 1 20.20728
Grm07 52.072156 -1.333891 52 4.32936 1 20.03346
Grm01 52.078537 -1.327172 52 4.71222 1 19.63032

Route Description

This is a very simple route.

  1. Follow the signs to Grimsbury Reservoir off Hennef Way, Banbury.
  2. Park in the car-park adjacent to the entry to the waterworks.
  3. Enter the road to the reservoir and Banbury sailing club.
  4. Follow the pathway to the right of the reservoir until you reach a wooded conservation area.
  5. Take the pathway through these woods.
  6. At the end of this path you can turn left back to a walk down the other side of the resrvoir or else turn right onto the canal towpath. Take the towpath.
  7. Continue down the towpath and when you arrive back at the Waterworks cross a stream to arrive on a road back to the car-park.

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PostHeaderIcon Nether Worton Circular

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  • Start: 4.1 miles from Bloxham
  • Length of walk:  2.25 miles    (3.6 km )
  • Gentle slopes
  • Dog friendly except for one stile!

This is a circular walk of 3.6k starting from Nether Worton (6 km. west of Deddington and 15 km. south of Banbury) passing through Over Worton. There is one part that dogs cannot negotiate without being lifted!

Worton derives from the Anglo-Saxon (Ortune) a settlement by a bank or slope,and probably applied to Over Worton as Nether Worton lies in a flat valley beside a small tributary of the Cherwell.
It consists of a tiny church, a few cottages, Manor Farm, and Nether Worton House.
The walk heads up to Over Worton where there is a photogenic church and then back down past some small lakes to return past tiny Nether Worton church.

GPS Data

Waypoint N E N degrees N Minutes W degrees W Minutes
NW1 51.968252 -1.382647 51 58.09512 1 22.95882
NW2 51.967248 -1.38579 51 58.03488 1 23.1474
NW3 51.965106 -1.385211 51 57.90636 1 23.11266
NW4 51.963493 -1.388826 51 57.80958 1 23.32956
NW5 51.957609 -1.390425 51 57.45654 1 23.4255
NW6 51.957688 -1.385458 51 57.46128 1 23.12748
NW7 51.958462 -1.381767 51 57.50772 1 22.90602
NW8 51.958872 -1.378698 51 57.53232 1 22.72188
NW9 51.959189 -1.375383 51 57.55134 1 22.52298
NW10 51.960068 -1.374954 51 57.60408 1 22.49724
NW11 51.962244 -1.376145 51 57.73464 1 22.5687
NW12 51.96576 -1.380082 51 57.9456 1 22.80492
NW13 51.967684 -1.380125 51 58.06104 1 22.8075

Route Description

  1. Start near the Manor House.  Walk along the road towards Sandford to a stile on your left.
  2. Cross the stile and head to a gate. Through the gate and across the field .
  3. Through the gate and turn diagonally right towards the corner of the next field towards a road
  4. At the road turn left (South) and head to past Flighthill farm on your right.
  5. Turn left and head up the footpath past the farm cottage and through various gates / stiles
  6. Pass through the copse.
  7. Along the edge of the next field.
  8. Into another small copse. This is hard to get out of with a heavy dog!!
  9. Along the field past some posh houses on the left. Out onto a road in Over Worton Follow the church sign.
  10. Through the churchyard through a gate with limited opening! Down the field.
  11. Keep going. Cross 2 stiles cutting off the corner of a field.
  12. You should see Nether Worton Manor farm coming into view.
  13. Arrive at Manor farm with a church on your left. Turn left  back to the starting point.

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PostHeaderIcon Raven Hill Circular

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  • Start: 4.1 miles from Bloxham
  • Length of walk: 3.5 miles  (5.6km )
  • gentle to moderate gradients
  • dog friendly

A walk starting from Nether Worton, heading up Raven Hill and just skirting Great Tew on the homeward journey. The walk is mainly on broad tracks through the countryside and so far as I am unaware there are few points of historical interest

GPS Data

Waypoint N E N degrees N Minutes W degrees W Minutes
RH01 51.968292 -1.382625 51 58.09752 1 22.9575
RH02 51.967552 -1.388547 51 58.05312 1 23.31282
RH03 51.972456 -1.387668 51 58.34736 1 23.26008
RH04 51.973408 -1.389771 51 58.40448 1 23.38626
RH05 51.974571 -1.38947 51 58.47426 1 23.3682
RH06 51.979752 -1.396809 51 58.78512 1 23.80854
RH07 51.979885 -1.39977 51 58.7931 1 23.9862
RH08 51.979356 -1.399641 51 58.76136 1 23.97846
RH09 51.977717 -1.397495 51 58.66302 1 23.8497
RH10 51.97198 -1.396251 51 58.3188 1 23.77506
RH11 51.969151 -1.396594 51 58.14906 1 23.79564
RH12 51.966957 -1.396465 51 58.01742 1 23.7879
RH13 51.967142 -1.388655 51 58.02852 1 23.3193

Route Description

1. Set off from little “roundabout by Nether Worton House. Head West along the road to Sandford
2. Just past the bend head into a field and along the edge – still heading west.
3. Just B4 a new field follow a footpath sign NW across a field.
4. Next head basically north towards a copse.
5. Follow around the edge of the copse (Raven Hill) and then head in the general direction of Lower Grove Ash farm on the left.
6. Skirt the farm and follow the farm road up the hill to the B4031.
7. Walk along the B4031 until you get to the main farm road to Hill farm.
8. At this point cross the road and head down a wide farm road.
9. Keep going straight. You pass a neat farm with a small lake.
10. Turn left (east) into another wide track. There are supposedly some lakes on the right at the start of this track but they may be in a died-up state
11. Just keep going
12. Eventually you see the copse on Raven Hill that you passed on the outward journey.
13. Retrace the outward route back to the starting point

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