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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.

Introduction

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There are historical references to Robert de Wykeham, mill owner, around 1218.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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PostHeaderIcon Bloxham Broughton, Salt Way, Grove Road – Circular

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  • Start of walk: within Bloxham
  • Length of walk: 7.3 miles (11.7 km)
  • Some quite steep gradients but rewarding views!
  • Dog hostile – especially Ells Lane to Broughton.

Introduction

This walk starts by heading up over Hobb Hill and across fields to Broughton.
Broughton has Broughton Castle a country house dating to the 14-16C of Baron Saye and Sele of the Fiennes family but this is not directly on the route.
From Broughton we head to Salt Way , an ancient road pre-dating Roman times hat used to run from Droitwich to London primarily for the transportation of salt.
We then cut back across fields to Wykham Lane. There is a good farm shop at Wykham Farm that may provide an interesting aside. From here the route passes a lake as we trek on to Bloxham Grove and then back to the starting point.

GPS Data

Waypoint N E N degrees N Minutes W degrees W Minutes
SW01 52.021445 -1.377068 52 1.2867 1 22.62408
SW02 52.027267 -1.382282 52 1.63602 1 22.93692
SW03 52.031532 -1.383462 52 1.89192 1 23.00772
SW04 52.032377 -1.386037 52 1.94262 1 23.16222
SW05 52.036416 -1.387196 52 2.18496 1 23.23176
SW06 52.039109 -1.391015 52 2.34654 1 23.4609
SW07 52.043358 -1.387239 52 2.60148 1 23.23434
SW08 52.041828 -1.374278 52 2.50968 1 22.45668
SW09 52.04584 -1.372261 52 2.7504 1 22.33566
SW10 52.045523 -1.365652 52 2.73138 1 21.93912
SW11 52.048611 -1.362648 52 2.91666 1 21.75888
SW12 52.048637 -1.353765 52 2.91822 1 21.2259
SW13 52.045417 -1.339302 52 2.72502 1 20.35812
SW14 52.039795 -1.340933 52 2.3877 1 20.45598
SW15 52.03998 -1.341877 52 2.3988 1 20.51262
SW16 52.036706 -1.339817 52 2.20236 1 20.38902
SW17 52.031637 -1.340933 52 1.89822 1 20.45598
SW18 52.028073 -1.34177 52 1.68438 1 20.5062
SW19 52.026066 -1.349816 52 1.56396 1 20.98896
SW20 52.025591 -1.356425 52 1.53546 1 21.3855
SW21 52.024019 -1.359386 52 1.44114 1 21.56316
SW22 52.024006 -1.367025 52 1.44036 1 22.0215
SW23 52.023874 -1.372454 52 1.43244 1 22.34724

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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 Kidlington Circular

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  • 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
Thames.
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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