- 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There are historical references to Robert de Wykeham, mill owner, around 1218.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
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|
|WM14||52.022158||-1.377153||Arrive back at the start in Courtington Lane.|
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Ordnance survey maps
You need OS Map 191
You can get an online OS map here.