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|Almshill Wood and Stonor Park|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 20 Aug 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk from the small village of Stonor (formerly known as Upper Assendon) in Oxfordshire. The walk climbs through the pretty Almshill Wood and then follows a quiet country lane to reach the Stonor Estate. The return leg follows the path through the heart of Stonor Park, a beautiful deer park, to return to the village. You will have chance to enjoy lovely views across the surrounding Chiltern Hills, to appreciate the woodland flowers in the spring and to learn about the fascinating history of Stonor House. |
The walk has one very steep climb at the beginning and then a long steady descent for the second half. About 1.5 miles of the walk follows a quiet country access lane so take care of any occasional traffic on this stretch. You will need to negotiate two stiles (both with large gaps underneath for dogs to pass through) plus three kissing gates. There may be cattle in the first short field that you cross (although there weren’t any livestock there when we walked) and the return leg follows a long path through a deer park. For your own safety it is sensible to avoid taking dogs through deer parks during the rutting and birthing seasons. The woodland/park paths are fairly firm but can get muddy in winter and after periods of rain. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
Stonor is located on the B480 about 4 miles north of Henley-on-Thames in South Oxfordshire. Parking is available in the stone lay-by area at the southern edge of the village, opposite the large barns for Upper Assendon Farm. Approximate post code RG9 6HE.
|Start to Coxlease Farm|
Start point: 51.5892 lat, -0.9402 long
Standing in the gravel parking lay-by, facing the farm barns opposite, turn right and walk to the southern end of the lay-by. Cross the road here to take the stile opposite. Stay close to the fence line on the left, passing the farm barns on the left. At the top of the field, cross the next stile into a section of woodland.
|Coxlease Farm to The Chiltern Way|
Start point: 51.5885 lat, -0.9312 long
Turn left along this concrete driveway and follow it down to the junction with the quiet country lane. Turn left along this lane, taking care of any occasional traffic. Stay on this lane for some distance, following it as it bends sharp right and then swings steadily left.
|The Chiltern Way to End|
Start point: 51.6008 lat, -0.9149 long
You will pass a pair of brick and flint cottages on the right, then keep ahead alongside the wide metal gate to join the stone track heading into Stonor Park. Simply keep straight ahead on the main stone path which narrows and descends. Once again you will see occasional white arrows painted onto the trees confirming the line of the footpath.
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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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