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Ewelme Circular

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Ewelme Circular
Author: witneyman, Published: 15 Apr 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Ewelme Circular - Oxfordshire walking Guidestar1 Ewelme Circular - Oxfordshire walking Guidestar1 Ewelme Circular - Oxfordshire walking Guidestar0 Ewelme Circular - Oxfordshire walking Guidestar0 Ewelme Circular - Oxfordshire walking Guide
Oxfordshire,
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Ewelme Circular
Length: 13 miles,  Difficulty: boot Ewelme Circular - Oxfordshire walking Guide boot Ewelme Circular - Oxfordshire walking Guide boot Ewelme Circular - Oxfordshire walking Guide
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A 13 mile circular walk from Ewelme in the Chilterns. The route follows long stretches of The Chiltern Way and The Ridgeway.

The walk has several steady climbs and descents throughout plus a few steeper sections. There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate several kissing gates. There are a few sections walking along country roads so please take care of traffic at these points.

The walk starts from Cow Common recreation ground at the top of Ewelme High Street. Approximate post code OX10 6PG.

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Walk Sections

Start to Sharp Right

Start point: 51.6157 lat, -1.065 long
End point: 51.6172 lat, -1.0663 long

From the recreation ground car park, cross the road to the grass triangle and bear left into Parsons Lane, signposted to Britwell Salome.

Sharp Right to Woodland

Start point: 51.6172 lat, -1.0663 long
End point: 51.6164 lat, -1.0439 long

After approx 300m turn right on the footpath, signposted Chiltern Way. When you get to the lane, turn left. After approx 400m turn left, still on the Chiltern Way. Turn right at the end of the first field, continuing on the Chiltern Way until you reach the edge of a woodland.

Woodland to Ridgeway

Start point: 51.6164 lat, -1.0439 long
End point: 51.6326 lat, -0.9927 long

At this woodland corner, turn left on the Restricted Byway, leaving the Chiltern Way. Continue on the track in the same direction. It becomes a gravel track which joins the Ridgeway. Cross over a lane and continue straight ahead on the Ridgeway.

Ridgeway to Fox and Hounds

Start point: 51.6326 lat, -0.9927 long
End point: 51.618 lat, -0.9538 long

Continue straight ahead along the Ridgeway, crossing one road and continuing on to a junction with second road. At the second road (Howe Road), turn right (leaving the Ridgeway), walk 10m up the road and take the footpath on the left through a kissing gate.

Follow the footpath on the right to the top of the hill, go through a kissing gate and turn right joining the Oxfordshire Way. At the end of the path, turn right onto the road (Hill Road) for approx 175m to reach Christmas Common. Turn right at the first T-junction and continue to the signed fork (with North End signed left and Nettlebed signed right). The Fox and Hounds is 100m further along right-hand branch.

Fox and Hounds to Cookley Green

Start point: 51.618 lat, -0.9538 long
End point: 51.6068 lat, -0.9951 long

From the pub, return back to the fork and this time take the branch signed to North End. Where the lane bends left, fork right onto the track. Follow the track (Hollandridge Lane, PS27) for approx 1.5 km to a point just before you reach Hollandridge Farm. Turn right onto the Chiltern Way.

Follow the path through Greenfield Wood to reach a T-junction with the road at Pishill Bottom. Turn right along the road (Patemore Lane) and continue to the T-junction. Turn left (along the B481 towards Nettlebed) and continue to reach Cookley Green.

Cookley Green to Swyncombe

Start point: 51.6068 lat, -0.9951 long
End point: 51.6065 lat, -1.0163 long

Follow the path across Cookley Green then go ahead to join Church Lane. Walk along the lane for approx 300m before taking the footpath on the left into a woodland, continuing on the Chiltern Way.

At the end of the woodland, go through a kissing gate and straight ahead down the field to another (metal) kissing gate and on to a tarmac drive.

Swyncombe to End

Start point: 51.6065 lat, -1.0163 long
End point: 51.6157 lat, -1.065 long

Walk straight across the drive and follow the path to the churchyard gate. Go through the churchyard to a gate at the far side, turn left and left again to join the Ridgeway.

After approx 450m (when the Ridgeway goes off to the left) continue ahead on the track along the valley bottom. After approx 600m leave the track and follow the bridleway to the left. At the access track, turn right and follow the track straight ahead, crossing another bridleway, pass the farm buildings (on your right) and then walk straight on, bearing right at a fork in the track until you come to a junction with a lane.

Turn left and walk along the lane for approx 125m before taking the footpath on the right, signposted Ewelme 1⁄2, to Cow Common. Cross the common to return to the car park where the walk began.

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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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