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|Minster Lovell and Crawley|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 26 Oct 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular walk from the pretty Oxfordshire village of Minster Lovell. The walk begins heading out along the street lined with thatched stone cottages, then crosses farmland and follows an ancient lane to reach the nearby village of Crawley. The return stretch runs alongside a stretch of the River Windrush and you will have chance to explore the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall. |
The walk has a few gently climbs and descents plus one fairly steep but short descent through woodland. The route follows a mixture of field paths, unmade tracks and riverside meadows all of which can get very muddy in the winter and after wet weather so good waterproof boots are a must. There are two stiles (one with adjacent dog gate, and one low stone stile) plus a few kissing gates. Some of the fields may be holding cattle so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the conditions underfoot.
Minster Lovell is about 2.5 miles west of Witney in Oxfordshire and is accessed from the A40 and then the B4047. The walk starts from outside the Old Swan Inn on the corner of School Hill and the High Street. Some roadside parking is available on the High Street (please be respectful of the local residents) or further up the High Street there is an area with about ten parking bays by the sign to the church. Approximate post code OX29 0RN.
|Start to Stile|
Start point: 51.7991 lat, -1.5393 long
From the corner of School Hill and the High Street, walk up the High Street of Minster Lovell passing the Old Swan Inn on the left and then passing between a series of thatched cottages.
|Stile to Farm Lane|
Start point: 51.8032 lat, -1.5169 long
Cross the stile and go ahead to join the stone and mud wide track climbing gradually under a tunnel of hedgerows and trees. (Be careful as this lane can be muddy and slippery in winter).
|Farm Lane to Crawley Mill|
Start point: 51.8058 lat, -1.5107 long
Turn right along Farm Lane. At the T-junction with The Lamb Inn visible to your left, turn right and follow the village road as it bends to the right. Ahead you will be able to see the traffic lights marking the position of the arched stone bridge over the river.
|Crawley Mill to Old Pump House|
Start point: 51.8033 lat, -1.509 long
With Crawley Mill on the right, cross over the road to turn left through the metal gate and onto the public bridleway signed to Witney. As you reach a choice of gates ahead, take the gate to the right and follow the field edge path uphill with the hedgeline to the right.
|Old Pump House to Minster Lovell Hall|
Start point: 51.7996 lat, -1.5226 long
Go through the gate into the small wooded area. Follow the path winding through the woodland belt. As you come to a wide gate ahead, follow the path as it bears right over a pair of wooden sleeper bridges to cross the ditch. Follow the path alongside the river, taking care as the path can be muddy and slippery after wet weather.
|Minster Lovell Hall to End|
Start point: 51.7998 lat, -1.5304 long
When you have finished exploring the ruins make your way to the gate into the church yard, which is behind the main building of the ruins. Pass to the left of the church and cross the stone stile at the end of the church yard. Keep ahead on the fenced footpath (when we walked the route there were very friendly llamas in the enclosure to the left here!)
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
We spent three hours on this walk in glorious sunshine, and it lived up to all our expectations from the description of the walk. This is a lovely part of Oxfordshire and the walk takes in riverside banks, wide meadows, woods and a long ridge to say nothing of two attractive villages (Minster Lovell and Crawley). We parked in the car park to the right just over the bridge in Wash Meadow in Minster Lovell and walked from there to the church and ruins and therefore did the walk in reverse. Can recommend The Lamb in Crawley for half-way refreshments! All in all a delightful walk.
|By rednib on 2014-05-18 22:44:06|
Lovely, varied walk. 5 stars
|By lucylarkman on 2015-06-14 18:50:59|
Thoroughly enjoyed the walk with the family. Not too strenuous and there was a cricket match to enjoy as we ate lunch. The Lamb was a welcome stop for a refreshing drink too.
|By neil40 on 2015-06-21 18:16:04|
The lamb Inn in Crawley did exceptional food for lunch. Nice little garden, high chairs for children. The walk itself was varied and picturesque. Great walk.
|By sarahlouiseh on 2016-09-12 07:29:47|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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