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PostHeaderIcon Bloxham – Broughton – Wykham Mill Circular

  • Start: within Bloxham – Courtington Lane
  • Length of walk: 4.3 miles (6.9km)
  • Steep hill- Can avoid by starting along Ells lane instead of up Hobb Hill.
  • Dog hostile – stiles from Ells Lane to Broughton impossible for large dogs.


Hobb Hill offers a panoramic view of Bloxham. In the snow it is a mass of slithering humanity utilising gravity assisted motion on sleds, trays and polythene bags!
Broughton is the site of Broughton Castle but this is not directly on the route.
There are historical references to Robert de Wykeham, mill owner, around 1218. The Mill would have been powered by the waters of the Sor Brook.
More recently the Wykham Mill Buildings has been the site of manufacture of the Jaguar XJ220 and then subsequently the Aston Martin DB7 from 1994 – 2004.

GPS Data and Route

Waypoint N E Route
WM01 52.022078 -1.377325

Walk down the alley at the footpath next to the playing fields in Courtington Lane.

WM02 52.023716 -1.37857 Head straight up Hobb Hill alongside the hedge on the right. Enjoy the view of Bloxham from the top!
WM03 52.026779 -1.381788 Basically just keep going alongside the hedge until you find yourself near the left of a new field. Follow this to Ells lane opposite Ells farm
WM04 52.028522 -1.38299 Turn left and walk along Ells lane until you see a footpath sign on the right heading North- take this.
WM05 52.031505 -1.383548 After a short time the footpath bends NW across some tricky stiles.
WM06 52.03235 -1.385994 Take the right edge of the field when you get near Castle farm and carry on to meet the main road through Broughton village.
WM07 52.035914 -1.387968 Turn right and head into the village until you reach Wykham Lane where you again turn right.
WM08 52.039161 -1.390929 Head up the lane and out of the village.
WM09 52.0432 -1.387496 At Rectory Farm – just outside the village go along the driveway immediately before the farm to pick up a footpath heading SE to Broughton Grange.
WM10 52.042936 -1.380672 Follow the path around Broughton Grange and on past Wykham Mill onto the A361.
WM11 52.040138 -1.377926 Turn right and head up the A316
WM12 52.038053 -1.374321  
WM13 52.03433 -1.364965  
WM14 52.022158 -1.377153 Arrive back at the start in Courtington Lane.


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Ordnance survey maps

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PostHeaderIcon Eynsham Circular including Thames Path

  • Start: 21 miles from Bloxham
  • Length of walk: 4.12 miles ( 6.6 km)
  • Vey flat
  • Dog friendly

The starting point is Eynsham (or Egonesham) which is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon chronicles. About 1005 a Benedictine Abbey was founded there and parish boundaries defined.
Part of the walk is along the Thames Path which is is a National Trail that follows the river from the Cotswolds to the Thames Barrier.
The manual beam pound lock at Pinkhill was built in 1791. Whilst it looks pretty much as it would have in the 18C merchant’s barges are replaced by pleasure craft. The stone lock keeper’s house dates from 1932.
We leave the Thames Path at the Swinford Toll Bridge which was built under a
special Act of Parliament and opened in 1769 to replace an dangerous ferry system in which several people had lost their lives.

GPS Data

Waypoints N E N degrees N Minutes W degrees W Minutes
1 51.781482 -1.376443 51 46.88892 1 22.58658
2 51.780689 -1.375466 51 46.84134 1 22.52796
2a 51.78057 -1.377127 51 46.8342 1 22.62762
3 51.777732 -1.377899 51 46.66392 1 22.67394
4 51.777377 -1.37387 51 46.64262 1 22.4322
5 51.777049 -1.370308 51 46.62294 1 22.21848
6 51.77625 -1.368053 51 46.575 1 22.08318
7 51.774224 -1.368597 51 46.45344 1 22.11582
7a 51.772693 -1.368946 51 46.36158 1 22.13676
8 51.77036 -1.368828 51 46.2216 1 22.12968
8a 51.769873 -1.368753 51 46.19238 1 22.12518
9 51.766622 -1.370174 51 45.99732 1 22.21044
10 51.766778 -1.36724 51 46.00668 1 22.0344
11 51.760443 -1.364493 51 45.62658 1 21.86958
12 51.763664 -1.357217 51 45.81984 1 21.43302
14 51.765539 -1.35796 51 45.93234 1 21.4776
15 51.774194 -1.359113 51 46.45164 1 21.54678
16 51.781303 -1.373763 51 46.87818 1 22.42578
1 51.782046 -1.376638 51 46.92276 1 22.59828

Route Description

1. Leave car park into Clover Place. Left down Wastie Lane to Acre End Street.
2. Turn eft in Acre End Street and then Right into Station Rd.
3. After about 300m turn left onto a footpath and follow the brook into a playing field. Carry straight on, following field edge to a bridge.
4. Into a playing field and along hedge to the road.
5. Cross the road and go through kissing gate and SE along field.
6. Cross the field to a bridge in the left corner.
7. Cross the next field on a diagonal footpath
7a And similarly the next.
8. Through kissing gate into Pinkhill lane.
8a Turn left over an iron bridge and then right diagonally to corner of field
9. Left (E) onto field edge path. A stile leads into a narrow meadow and on through a gateway.
10. Head east towards the bridge.
10a Cross stream then turn right and follow stream to kissing gate. Cross field to bridge over Pinkhill weir.
11. Cross bridge over Pinkhill Weir
12. At the road turn left and head along it for a short distance.
13. –
14. Left again to the Caribbean Marina.Turn right and follow the Thames back to the bridge.
15. Over another stream before heading up to the road at the toll bridge. Turn right and head NW over the toll bridge and back to Eynsham continuing NW over the roundabout.

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Ordnance Survey map

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PostHeaderIcon Kidlington Circular

  • Start: 16.7 miles from Bloxham
  • Length of walk:  5.1 miles (8.1 km)
  • very flat
  • dog friendly

The name Kidlington derives from Anglo-Saxon for settlement or farm of Cydela and it appears as Chedelintone in the Domesday Book of 1086. It lies on the River Cherwell,a tributary of the
The walk starts at the picturesque St Mary’s Church dating from
c.1220 or earlier. The spire, rising over 50 metres was taken to this hight in the late 15C.

Hampton Gay comes from the Old English meaning the village or farm of the de Gay family. The ruined manor house that you see on the walk 16th century but was destroyed by fire in 1887. According to myth this was the result of a curse put upon the property because the owner refused to offer shelter to survivors of a rail crash on the nearby Great Western Railway on Christmas Eve, 1874!

According to the team that created Hampton Gay website this is an eyecatching story but a totally unjustified slander of Mr Robert Langton Pearson who lived in one half of the manor house and owned the nearby paper mill. Their research indicates that he did in fact go out of his way to assist the injured and dying that day.  He stopped production at his mill and he and his men worked tirelessly helping these people even giving survivors most of his clothes. They also point out that such a curse must have been a bit slow-acting as there’s a 13 year gap between the crash and the fire!

Look out for kingfishers along the river bank.

GPS Data

Waypoint N E N degrees N Minutes W degrees W Minutes
Kd01 51.830474 -1.279907 51 49.82844 1 16.79442
Kd02 51.836626 -1.277547 51 50.19756 1 16.65282
Kd03 51.845588 -1.295829 51 50.73528 1 17.74974
Kd04 51.84535 -1.301494 51 50.721 1 18.08964
Kd05 51.845986 -1.303811 51 50.75916 1 18.22866
Kd06 51.840498 -1.300721 51 50.42988 1 18.04326
Kd07 51.837263 -1.291795 51 50.23578 1 17.5077

Route Description

  1. From the car park behind St Mary’s Church , Kidlington go through a wooden kissing gate along a footpath  through a woodland nature reserve and over footbridge by a pond.
  2. Turn right after footbridge. Keeping to RHS of fields  follow path to River Cherwell and cross white bridge. Bear Left through gates and stiles across fields to road by the Church at Hampton Poyle.
  3. Cross road by church, ahead into field,over ditch. Cross next field over stile and  then over two stiles 25m on the LHS.  Diagonally right across next paddock. Across field in same direction to stile and footbridge in top right-hand corner. Straight across the field towards the small spinney. Cross another footbridge. Cross next field and over stile. Over another field and cross stile by large ash tree. Head towards the ruins of the manor house.
  4. Go through kissing gate just before church. Follow path to river.  Continue under railway bridge and through kissing gate. Cross field diagonally left to suspension bridge back over River Cherwell. Walk through next field and over stile by metal gate to canal bridge
  5. Turn left (c.NW) and head along the canal footpath.
  6. Left at canal bridge and follow towpath in southerly direction towards Thrupp. Left before swing-bridge at Thrupp through British Waterways yard past cottages. Under railway line and through gate.  Straight along the mown path with the River Cherwell on your left.
  7. Straight along the mown path with the River Cherwell on your left for about 1km until you reach White Bridge. Retrace steps back to the start.

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Ordnance Survey map

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PostHeaderIcon Otmoor Circular

  • Start: 21 miles from Bloxham
  • Length of walk: 3.4 miles (5.5 km )
  • pretty flat
  • dog friendly

Circular walk halfway between Oxford and Bicester – easy but potentially muddy.
About 5.5 km
The name derives from Anglo-Saxon Otta’s Fen. The partial draining of these marshes led to civil disturbances known as the Otmoor Riots of 1829 to 1830.
St. Mary the Virgin Church of Charlton on Otmoor was Built in 1250 AD and is considered one of the best 1000 churches in the UK.
Otmoor is a nature reserve of wet meadows and reedbeds. In winter there are thousands of ducks and in spring and summer wading birds, such as lapwings and redshanks.
It includes a stretch across a military firing range so best to stay alert!
The walk includes an old Roman Road that ran between between Bicester and Dorchester-on-Thames.
It twice crosses the unusually straight New River Ray which is where the river has been diverted.

GPS Data

N degrees
N Minutes
W degrees
W Minutes
Ot01 51.838352 -1.184824 51 50.30112 1 11.08944
Ot02 51.830002 -1.198792 51 49.80012 1 11.92752
Ot03 51.829219 -1.196121 51 49.75314 1 11.76726
Ot04 51.82631 -1.17146 51 49.5786 1 10.2876
Ot05 51.834778 -1.171146 51 50.08668 1 10.26876
Ot06 51.833638 -1.181688 51 50.01828 1 10.90128

Route Description

  1. Keep the church on the right and walk through the village of Charlton-on-Otmoor.
  2. At Oddington branch left by a telephone box, and follow a footpath towards Horton-cum-Studley. Cross a concrete bridge.
  3. At the next junction avoid the gates and follow the parallel bridleway between ditches and hedges. Reach the signs for Otmoor’s military firing range. If permitted go ahead until you reach a gate on the left and several gates on the right.
  4. You can go through the gate on the left cutting back across the fields. Instead we turn left onto a broad old Roman road north.
  5. Turn left when you reach a junction and head back west .
  6. Turn right (NNW) at the corrugated barns and head back to the Charlton. The church tower is clearly visible now. Cross the New River Ray and climb the slope to the junction. Turn left by the Crown and return to the church in the centre of the Village.

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Ordnance Survey map

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