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|Tackley and Pigeon Lock|
|Author: witneyman, Published: 12 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk from the Oxfordshire village of Tackley. The walk follows footpaths and bridleways. There are some fine views along the way and the return route crosses the picturesque Pigeon Lock. |
The walk is relatively flat though there are a few gentle inclines. You will need to negotiate several gates, some steps plus one stile. The route crosses the railway at an official but unsignalled crossing so take care to look and listen for trains at this point. A few of the pastures may be holding cattle so take particular care with dogs.
The walk starts in Tackley at the corner where Rousham Road bends round to become Medcroft Road. The approximate postcode is OX5 3AJ. Parking is possible in a lay-by on Rousham Road, 300 yards north of the starting point. Alternatively, street parking is also available in the village. Walkers arriving by train at Tackley Station should turn right out of the station and walk along Nethercote Road. At the T-junction turn right to reach the starting point.
|Start to Railway Bridge|
Start point: 51.8848 lat, -1.3015 long
From the corner of Rousham Road, take the signposted bridleway. At the top of the gentle slope, turn left at a gate marked Crecy Hill and continue along the bridleway. At a gate where the bridleway narrows, continue straight ahead with fine views over the valley on the right. After about 400 yards, ignore a stile on the left and follow the track towards a bridge over the railway.
|Railway Bridge to Northmoor Bridge|
Start point: 51.8921 lat, -1.2991 long
Cross the railway bridge. Where the path widens out to a wide field (with a hedge on the left), keep straight on in the same direction. At a hawthorn tree standing alone, bear right towards Northmoor Bridge.
|Northmoor Bridge to Right Turn|
Start point: 51.8937 lat, -1.2901 long
Cross the bridge, go through a gate and across a stile. Keep straight ahead across a field towards a gate. Immediately take a right turn through a gate.
|Right Turn to Kirtlington|
Start point: 51.8937 lat, -1.2878 long
Keep straight on with a hedge on your right and an open field on your left. At the end of the field, where the path continues to rise gently, pass through a gate. Continue in the same direction ignoring a gate on the left. This section of the track is called the Palladian Way. The path is broad and passes between two well-trimmed hedgerows. On reaching a farmyard, go through the yard and continue in the same direction ignoring all side turnings. Pass through a wooden gate and continue in the same direction along Crowcastle Lane into Kirtlington.
|Kirtlington to Path to Right|
Start point: 51.8755 lat, -1.277 long
Where Crowcastle Lane comes to a triangular green, turn right along Mill Lane. In about 300 yards pass the entrance to Kirtlington Quarry. The quarry is disused but the surrounding area is now a nature reserve. After a further 300 yards you can make a short but charming detour through an entrance in the fence on your right. Go down the steps and turn left with the two waterways of the Oxford Canal on your right. Go down more steps and cross a footbridge before rejoining Mill Lane and turning right along it. Should you not wish to make this detour simply carry straight on along Mill Lane at the entrance in the fence.
|Path to Right to Pigeon Lock|
Start point: 51.8731 lat, -1.2874 long
Continue along Mill Lane to reach Pigeon Lock.
|Pigeon Lock to Bridleway Sign|
Start point: 51.8709 lat, -1.2942 long
Turn right over the stone bridge and then take a cycle path straight ahead signposted to the railway station. Follow the path across bridges over the waterways. Shortly, cross a stone bridge and turn left to reach a waymarked signpost to Tackley and the railway station. Turn right along the bridleway.
|Bridleway Sign to Tackley Station|
Start point: 51.8734 lat, -1.2937 long
Follow the bridleway as it bends left and pass over a level crossing at Tackley Station. Take good care to look out and listen carefully for trains!
|Tackley Station to End|
Start point: 51.8808 lat, -1.2974 long
Travellers by train have reached the end of the walk at Tackley Station. For car travellers, turn right out of the station and walk along Nethercote Road. At the T-junction at the end of the road turn right to arrive back at the starting point.
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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