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|Woodstock and Blenheim Park|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 22 Oct 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk from the pretty Cotswold town of Woodstock. The walk takes in a stretch of Blenheim Park, the publically accessible grounds of Blenheim Palace, before returning across arable fields and water meadows. The beautiful landscaped grounds of the palace, designed by Capability Brown, provide an excellent contrast to the farmed landscape on the return leg. |
The walk has just gentle slopes and there are a few gates plus one stile (with adjacent dog gate). The surfaces in the park are all well made but the field paths on the return leg can be a little muddy after periods of rain. There are sheep grazing in Blenheim Park – dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads. There are public toilets in the car park at the start. Approximate time 2 hours.
Woodstock is accessed from the A44, north west of Oxford. The walk starts from the free long stay car park in the centre of Woodstock, on Hensington Road. The car park is behind the fire station and alongside the library and police station. Approximate post code OX20 1JL.
|Start to Blenheim Park|
Start point: 51.8481 lat, -1.3525 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and turn right along Hensington Road passing in front of the fire station. Keep straight ahead to reach the junction with the main A44 road. Turn right for a few paces then use the pelican crossing to cross over and turn right to join the left hand pavement.
|Blenheim Park to Second Cattle Grid|
Start point: 51.8497 lat, -1.3598 long
Bear right to join the wide tarmac lane through the estate. After just a hundred yards, you’ll get your first view of Bleinheim Palace to the left over the lake.
|Second Cattle Grid to A44|
Start point: 51.8617 lat, -1.3814 long
Immediately before the second cattle grid, turn right to join a rough track with the fence line running on your left. Keep ahead on this track and as you see old farm outbuildings ahead, pass through the double wooden gates to join the grass path with the old farm stone wall running on your right.
|A44 to Rosamund Drive|
Start point: 51.8639 lat, -1.3692 long
Cross the road with care to reach the wide grass verge on the opposite side. Turn right for a few paces and then keep left into the road exit signed to Wooton. Just a few yards later, fork right onto the lane signed to Bletchingdon.
|Rosamund Drive to End|
Start point: 51.8539 lat, -1.3599 long
Go straight ahead along Rosamund Drive and then take the first right into Vermont Drive. At the end, turn left along the pavement of the main A44 road. On the right look out for St Andrews Square where you will see the old building of St Andrews built in 1870 and now converted to a private residence.
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Great instructions - really enjoyed this walk - not strenuous but takes you through some spots you'd not be likely to find otherwise.
|By Mlucas on 2015-09-14 14:40:30|
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