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|Finstock and Wychwood Way|
|Author: witneyman, Published: 28 Apr 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular walk from the Oxfordshire village of Finstock. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and provides the perfect location for an afternoon stroll. The wooded sections have a magnificent display of bluebells in the spring. |
The walk is along footpaths and byways and is relatively flat. There are several stiles and kissing gates along the way. Refreshments are available at the pub in Finstock.
The walk starts at the junction between the High Street, The Bottom and Well Hill in the village of Finstock. Approximate post code OX7 3BY. Parking is available at the roadside in the village but please park with respect for the local residents.
|Start to Junction of Paths|
Start point: 51.8428 lat, -1.4761 long
The walk starts from the junction between The Bottom and the High Street, by the village pub. Standing with your back to the pub, turn right for a few paces and then fork left onto the stone track signed as a Restricted Byway, Dark Lane. At the footpath sign at a junction of paths, ignore the kissing gate ahead and instead take the gently rising path to the right.
|Junction of Paths to Hunts Copse|
Start point: 51.8472 lat, -1.4662 long
Follow the path as it winds through a wood, and then carry on with the wood on your right and a hedge on your left. Keep straight ahead at a "Please keep dogs on a lead" sign and re-enter the wood (Topples Wood), eventually emerging at Hunts Copse.
|Hunts Copse to Footbridge|
Start point: 51.841 lat, -1.463 long
At Hunts Copse, turn left along the road for 20 yards and then take a path on the right via a kissing gate. Ignore 2 gates on the right and carry on along the path with an open field on the left and a hedge on the right. Just before the end of the field turn right over a small footbridge.
|Footbridge to Stile|
Start point: 51.8372 lat, -1.4616 long
Keep straight ahead through the trees and then along the left-hand edge of a field. Pass buildings on the left and in 50 yards turn left over a stile.
|Stile to Right Turn|
Start point: 51.8362 lat, -1.4644 long
Go over another stile, cross the road and take the footpath ahead into Wilcote Grange Farm. Pass the farm buildings and pond on your left and continue along the track. Follow this broad track as it bends left and then immediately right and pass through a gate. Go through a double five-bar gate, then over a stile by a gate and emerge from a copse onto a farm track where you need to turn right.
|Right Turn to Wychwood Way|
Start point: 51.8295 lat, -1.4582 long
Follow the farm track as it bends left and then right and then take the path on the right signposted Wychwood Way into Coneygar Copse. Through this wooded section that follows there is a spectacular display of bluebells in the spring. You may also glimpse deer.
|Wychwood Way to End|
Start point: 51.8266 lat, -1.4617 long
Continue to the end of the wood then cross the road and turn left. After 20 yards take the footpath on the right signposted Finstock, crossing over a stile. At the end of the second field keep straight on, following the line of the telegraph poles across the fields. Continue along the path through two kissing gates back to the start.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author witneyman and may not be reproduced without permission.
Have done this walk twice in the past week, once with a friend and once with a group of Nordic walkers. It was very enjoyable both times, directions are easy to follow and the walk is so beautifully quiet; very little traffic noise and no other walkers. The woods are stunning at this time of the year. Refreshments at 'The Plough' in Finstock are highly recommended and the car park is very handily placed for start and finish. Thank you witneyman, I am looking forward to tackling more of your routes.
|By jadetiger on 17 May 2016|
One of the nicest walks we have been on. No traffic noise at all. Right out in the Countryside, weaving in and out of Beautiful woods. In summer Dark Lane (the very start of the walk) is very wild, might want to wear long trousers to avoid getting nettle stings. Took us 1hr 35mins.
|By Mozz on 09 Jun 2016|
Lovely walk, but the initial stretch is overgrown with nettles. It's a long and painful walk if you are in shorts. Needs sorting out. Great route though.
|By lucangray on 07 Aug 2016|
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