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|Shotover Country Park Boundary Patrol|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Jan 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A circular walk of just more than 3 miles, around the footpaths in Shotover Country Park right on the edge of Oxford. Covering 289 acres, the country park sits on the southern slopes of Shotover Hill. There are spectacular views across south Oxfordshire from the top and the waymarked walking route explores the mosaic of hidden valleys, woodland, ponds, fields and grassland with lots of wildlife to enjoy. |
Some of the paths are surfaced, but the vast majority of the route follows unmade paths through shaded woodland and grassland (even crossing some springs) meaning they can be muddy throughout the year – boots or wellies are recommended. There are several climbs and descents throughout (take care as the steeper slopes can be slippery) and you will need to negotiate some steps, gates and squeeze gaps, but there are no stiles on route. Dogs are welcome in the park and dog waste bins are provided near the start of the walk. There are no toilets or other facilities within the park. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on conditions underfoot.
Shotover Country Park is located just to the east of Oxford in Oxfordshire. There is a large free car park, at the end of Old Road. Follow Old Road east from Headington over the eastern bypass and up a steep hill to the top where the road ends in the main car park. Nearest post code is OX3 8TA, which will take you to a point on Old Road. From here, head east along Old Road as described above.
|Start to Julia's Cottage|
Start point: 51.7517 lat, -1.1846 long
To begin the walk, enter the park through the single gate alongside the cycle parking rack. On the right here you will see a large noticeboard with information about Shotover Country Park. Standing with your back to the cycle rack and gate, take the path to the right (at about 3 o’clock) which runs along the right-hand edge of Mary Sadler Field (marked with the green square waymarker). It is this green square waymarker that you will be following throughout the route.
|Julia's Cottage to Brasenose Footbridge|
Start point: 51.7511 lat, -1.1928 long
Continue along the lane, passing Long Ridges on your left and a short distance later (opposite the entrance for Roundabouts on your left), turn right through the squeeze gap. A few paces along, keep left at the fork. When you reach a crossroads of paths (with the green square waymarker), turn left. Follow the path winding through the trees and at the fork (alongside orienteering post 9), keep left to cross a narrow sleeper bridge over a stream.
|Brasenose Footbridge to Westhill Farm|
Start point: 51.7459 lat, -1.1931 long
Cross the footbridge and walk straight ahead on the obvious path into the woodland. Further along, follow the green square waymarker which guides you to turn left. Now stay with the main obvious path winding through Brasenose Woods.
|Westhill Farm to Ben's Bridge|
Start point: 51.7458 lat, -1.1813 long
Fork left at this point (marked with both the yellow circle and green square) and then bear left again at the T-junction to join the stony track heading steadily uphill. Part way up the hill, turn right (marked with the green square) and follow this path downhill to reach a T-junction at the back of Westhill Farm.
|Ben's Bridge to Horspath Common Corner|
Start point: 51.7458 lat, -1.1788 long
Cross this wide sleeper bridge and take the right-hand of the two paths ahead (the left-hand path being the yellow trail and the right-hand path being the green square trail). The path leads you steeply uphill to a fork. Bear right and follow the winding path first downhill and then climbing steeply once again (NOTE: take care as this path crosses a spring line meaning it is usually wet and slippery). You will emerge out to a section of open ground.
|Horspath Common Corner to End|
Start point: 51.7443 lat, -1.1715 long
Do NOT cross the stile, instead turn left with the fenced common area and follow the path uphill with the fence running on your right. Part way up the hill, turn left on the small path marked with the green square. Go straight ahead at the crossroads and follow the path heading steadily uphill then bearing left. The path now swings right to reach a junction at the top of the hill.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
This was taken near the start of the walk in Jan 2015. Very wet and muddy but still passable with boots so definitely worth walking.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The soil at the beginning (and end) of the route is very red.... easy to see thanks to Mr Mole...
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Bobbie really enjoyed the walk meeting lots of dogs and families of walkers on the way round. She took some of the red mud home on her paws as a souvenir!
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