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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There are historical references to Robert de Wykeham, mill owner, around 1218.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 Bloxham Grove Circular

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  • Start: On Northern edge of  Bloxham in Grove Road
  • Length of walk:  3.3 miles  (5.3 km )
  • Mildly undulating – one steep hill
  • dog friendly

The following is taken from British History online.
Much of the manor’s land, however, was sold in the 17th century. In 1601 Richard Fiennes (d. 1613) sold the 2 manor-houses of Bloxham Beauchamp and Bloxham Fiennes with 16 yardlands and 2 mills to Sir Thomas Garway, merchant of the Staple. In 1612 this property, together with the new dwelling-house built by Sir Thomas Garway, was sold to John Griffith, a descendant of William Griffith, Chamberlain of North Wales. On John’s death in 1632 the property probably passed to his brother Richard (d. 1636) and to Richard’s son John (d. 1662). (fn. 144) John conveyed the property to Ambrose Thelwell in 1653. The conveyance, however, may have been a mortgage, for Mrs. Margaret Griffith, probably John’s relict, was assessed for tax on the new house in 1665. Before 1667, however, the house and various closes passed to John Cartwright of Aynho, and was absorbed in his other property in the parish. (fn. 145)

GPS Data

Waypoint N E N degrees N Minutes W degrees W Minutes
BloxGroveWP1 52.028086 -1.364322 52 1.68516 1 21.85932
BloxGroveWP2 52.027888 -1.358399 52 1.67328 1 21.50394
BloxGroveWP3 52.025445 -1.359622 52 1.5267 1 21.57732
BloxGroveWP4 52.023973 -1.359429 52 1.43838 1 21.56574
BloxGroveWP5 52.025439 -1.356522 52 1.52634 1 21.39132
BloxGroveWP6 52.025927 -1.349977 52 1.55562 1 20.99862
BloxGroveWP7 52.027736 -1.342263 52 1.66416 1 20.53578
BloxGroveWP8 52.028891 -1.339774 52 1.73346 1 20.38644
BloxGroveWP9 52.030687 -1.336105 52 1.84122 1 20.1663
BloxGroveWP10 52.030977 -1.335182 52 1.85862 1 20.11092
BloxGroveWP11 52.031334 -1.333036 52 1.88004 1 19.98216
BloxGroveWP12 52.027558 -1.334925 52 1.65348 1 20.0955

Route Description

Bloxham to Bodicote along Bloxham Grove Road

  1. Start – park in the lay-by and head East down Bloxham Grove Road
  2. Just B4 a cowshed turn right through a kissing gate. Walk along the a strip of land bordering a playing field and through a second kissing gate
  3. The gate is around 20m from the corner of the field. Pass through gate and directly along the side of the field.
  4. Find another gate in the corner.
  5. Cut diagonally (NE) across the middle of this next field.
  6. Go through a gate.
  7. After which follow the edge of the field through another gate to eventually arrive at a private farm road.At the farm road head diagonally across the field opposite passing over a stile about 1/3 of the way.
  8. You re-hit the Road and see a white windmill a few hundred yards right (East).
  9. Diagonally cross the road and head onto the footpath.
  10. Cross a small double gated bridge over a brook.
  11. Arrive near what was once a water mill and turn right to head up the hill on a gated road.
  12. Arrive at top of hill in a farmyard.Here is the Windmill. It makes a nice photograph! Now head straight back down the road to the starting point.

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