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The Akeman Inn Kingswood Trail

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The Akeman Inn Kingswood Trail
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 09 Nov 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Buckinghamshire, Kingsdown
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
The Akeman Inn Kingswood Trail
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Akeman Inn in Kingswood, Buckinghamshire. The Akeman Inn is a beautiful old coaching inn, offering the perfect destination for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route performs a simple loop around the surrounding countryside taking in large pastures, quiet lanes and old avenues with plenty of wildlife to enjoy.

The walk includes a few steady slopes throughout and the paths pass through woodland and animal pastures, meaning they can become very muddy in winter and after rain. There are several kissing gates to negotiate plus nine stiles. The stiles are all tall, fully enclosed with fencing and mainly configured in pairs. Nearly all of the fields you cross are animal pastures holding mostly cattle but also horses and sheep. You will need to cross the main A41 road twice and the traffic is fairly fast moving so take particular care at these points. With all this in mind, we wouldn’t recommend this walk for dogs or young children. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours.

The small hamlet of Kingswood is located on the A41 between Aylesbury and Bicester in Buckinghamshire. The walk starts and finishes at the Akeman Inn which is accessed directly from the A41 and has its own car park. Approximate post code HP18 0QJ.

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Walk Sections

Start to Country Lane
Start to Country Lane

Start point: 51.8641 lat, -0.9941 long
End point: 51.8689 lat, -0.994 long

Standing in front of the Akeman Inn, facing the road, turn left and follow the wide grass verge alongside the road for just a short distance (taking care of the fast moving traffic). Ignore the first footpath sign on the left (which is slightly hidden in the hedge) and continue to the more obvious second sign (for a bridleway) on the left. Turn left here through the wide gate and follow the grass track between trees.

This area has a number of important historical connections. The main A41 road, which we’ve just left behind, was once the Roman road called Akeman Street (hence the name of the pub). The road formed the main Roman route from London to Cirencester, Cheltenham and Bath. The hamlet, Kingswood, takes its name from the fact that in the 10th century it sat at the edge of a royal hunting forest, Bernwood Forest. Today, only small clusters of the forest remain.

You will pass a small pond set within the woodland on the left. At the end of the grass track, keep ahead on the footbridge over the stream and, a few paces later, pass through a gate into an open pasture.

Walk straight ahead, initially following the line of the fenced woodland on the left. As the woodland steps back, keep ahead in the same direction, heading for the next corner of woodland that extends out into the field. As you reach this corner, bear left to stay with the fence line on the left. In the field corner, pass through the wooden gate ahead and you will emerge to a T-junction with a quiet country lane.

Country Lane to Oving Hill Farm
Country Lane to Oving Hill Farm

Start point: 51.8689 lat, -0.994 long
End point: 51.8694 lat, -0.9799 long

Turn right along the quiet lane, taking care of any occasional traffic. Follow the lane as it swings steadily right and then bends left. A few yards later you will come to a signed crossroads with a footpath. Ignore this and keep ahead for just a few more yards to reach another sign for a footpath on the right.

Turn right here, through the gateway, following the tarmac drive heading uphill between open fields. Continue along the drive to the point where it swings right and draws level with the corner of a barn on the left, Oving Hill Farm.

Oving Hill Farm to Tree Avenue
Oving Hill Farm to Tree Avenue

Start point: 51.8694 lat, -0.9799 long
End point: 51.8586 lat, -0.9934 long

On the corner of the barn you will see footpaths signed both left and right. Keep right, following the tarmac driveway for just a few paces. Before you reach the willow tree and farmhouse gates, fork right to join the wide grass avenue between hedgerows.

Before you reach the wide wooden gate visible ahead, turn left through a wide gate set within the left-hand hedge to enter a large open pasture (probably holding cattle). Walk across the pasture at about 2 o’clock, heading for a point on the far boundary just to the left of the telegraph pole which carries the power lines across the field. Here you will find a double stile, cross this to reach the corner of the second pasture.

Walk straight ahead, following the hedge line on the right. At the end of the field cross the next double stile (the treads and joining plank can be slippery so take care here) and continue ahead through the third pasture, still following the right-hand fence.

Once you are about half-way along this third pasture, fork left (heading for the white house in the distance) to reach another double stile in the bottom hedge. Cross this to reach the fourth pasture and cross this at about 1 o’clock. At the far side, a final stile leads you out to the grass verge alongside the main road. NOTE: the verge is fairly narrow and the traffic is fast moving so take care here.

Cross over the main A41 road with care to reach the grass verge opposite. Turn right along the verge for just a few yards to reach a footpath sign on the left. Pass through the metal kissing gate to enter the pasture (likely to be holding horses). Cross the pasture at about 1 o’clock, passing an isolated old gate in the middle and heading for a point to the right of the barn visible in the distance.

The field path leads you down to a stream. Cross the stream via the narrow sleeper bridge and two stiles to reach the next pasture (likely to be holding sheep). Continue in the same direction, heading for the left-hand end of the tall trees. As you draw level with a large pond and the barns on the left, turn right and leave the pasture via a wide gateway to reach a T-junction within the avenue of trees.

Tree Avenue to End
Tree Avenue to End

Start point: 51.8586 lat, -0.9934 long
End point: 51.8642 lat, -0.994 long

Turn right along the tree-lined avenue, taking time to admire the beautiful old horse chestnut trees. A few yards before you reach the metal gate ahead, you will see a metal kissing gate on the left. Turn left through this and then walk diagonally right for a few paces to reach the next kissing gate.

Pass through this into the next rough paddock (probably holding horses) and cross the field at between 10 and 11 o’clock to reach the third metal kissing gate. Cross the next field in the same direction to reach a gate within the right-hand boundary. This kissing gate leads you out back out to the grass verge alongside the main A41 road. Cross over with care to reach the Akeman Inn opposite for some well-earned hospitality.

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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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The Akeman being refurbished November 2014
3777_1Richard1415637638 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: Richard
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Roof and windows of the Akeman
3777_2Richard1415637638 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
We met these two lovely animals near the end of the walk - November 2014

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