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Shipton-Under-Wychwood Circular

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Shipton-Under-Wychwood Circular
Author: witneyman, Published: 04 May 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Shipton-Under-Wychwood Circular Walking Guidestar0 Shipton-Under-Wychwood Circular Walking Guidestar0 Shipton-Under-Wychwood Circular Walking Guidestar0 Shipton-Under-Wychwood Circular Walking Guidestar0 Shipton-Under-Wychwood Circular Walking Guide
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Shipton-Under-Wychwood Circular
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Shipton-Under-Wychwood Circular Walking Guide
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This is a circular walk from Shipton-Under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire. The return section of the walk passes Bruern Abbey, the site of a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1147 by Nicholas Basset. The abbey was dissolved in 1536 and became the property of Sir Anthony Cope of Hanwell, Oxfordshire. In 1720 a baroque country house was built for the Cope family on the site of the former abbey.

The walk is generally flat although there are a number of stiles and kissing gates to negotiate. Part of the walk uses a public footpath across Lyneham golf course, so take particular care on this stretch.

The walk starts on Meadow Lane, Shipton-under-Wychwood. The approximate postcode is OX7 6BW. Roadside car parking is available. Alternatively, rail travellers can walk from Shipton Station via Station Road to the start.

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Walk Sections

Start to Footbridge
Start to Footbridge

Start point: 51.8627 lat, -1.5968 long
End point: 51.8682 lat, -1.5983 long

At the northern end of Meadow Lane cross a bridge over a stream and carry straight on along the Oxfordshire Way bridleway. In about 400 yards keep straight on at a footpath sign to arrive at a footbridge over the River Evenlode.

Footbridge to Small Footbridge
Footbridge to Small Footbridge

Start point: 51.8682 lat, -1.5983 long
End point: 51.8717 lat, -1.5971 long

Cross the footbridge and pass under a railway bridge. Bear left and walk along the edge of a field with a hedge on your left. Just before the field path starts to bend to the right cross a small footbridge on your left and turn right.

Small Footbridge to Lyneham
Small Footbridge  to Lyneham

Start point: 51.8717 lat, -1.5971 long
End point: 51.8781 lat, -1.5994 long

Follow the path as it turns left at the end of the field and then bends right and then left with a hedge on your right. At the end, go through a kissing gate and follow the path diagonally across the field towards a kissing gate in the far right-hand corner. Go through the gate onto Priory Road, Lyneham.

Lyneham to Bridge
Lyneham to Bridge

Start point: 51.8781 lat, -1.5994 long
End point: 51.8901 lat, -1.6233 long

Turn right along Priory Road and then left along Priory Lane. At the junction with High Street carry straight on along a signposted bridleway, the d'Arcy Dalton Way. Pass a house on your right and carry straight on with the golf course on your left. Please show respect for the golfers and keep your eyes peeled for any stray flying balls. Follow the path through the golf course passing the 18th tee on your right. Leave the golf course via a kissing gate.

Cross the road and take the path ahead across a field. Go through a large gap in the trees and continue in the same direction across another field. Go through a gate at the end of the field. You will see the railway line on your left. Keeping a careful watch and listen for trains, cross the railway line via the level crossing. Bear right across a field to a gate in the far corner. Carry on through a metal gate. Go through another gate leading to a stone bridge over the River Evenlode.

Bridge to Signpost
Bridge to Signpost

Start point: 51.8901 lat, -1.6233 long
End point: 51.8871 lat, -1.6266 long

Cross the river, turn left and walk along with the river on your left. As the river bends left keep straight on at a footpath sign to a gap in the hedge to reach a footpath sign marking a junction of paths.

Signpost to Bruern Abbey
Signpost to Bruern Abbey

Start point: 51.8871 lat, -1.6266 long
End point: 51.8813 lat, -1.6191 long

Turn left. Ignore a stile on the right and carry on through Cocksmoor Copse. On emerging from the copse carry straight on with an open field on your left and the wood on your right. On reaching a road with buildings forming part of Bruern Abbey on your left, cross the road and take the footpath immediately ahead signposted Oxfordshire Way.

Bruern Abbey to End
Bruern Abbey to End

Start point: 51.8813 lat, -1.6191 long
End point: 51.8659 lat, -1.6005 long

Go through a gate and cross the field in front of you towards a gate at the opposite side of the field. (If this field is ploughed and muddy you can walk along either field boundary to reach the gate instead of walking across the field). Go through the gate and straight ahead following a waymark sign following a grassy path with trees on either side. Ignoring all side turnings continue in the same direction to a road. This part of the route can be muddy in wet weather.

Cross the road and continue along the Oxfordshire Way. Go through a gate and cross a field to a gap in the hedge ahead. Cross the field to another gate. Carry straight on through another field to a waypoint sign. Turn left with the hedge on your right. Turn right at the junction to return to the starting point.

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Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author witneyman 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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