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Thrupp Circular

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Thrupp Circular
Author: Mozz, Published: 22 Jun 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Thrum Circular Walking Guidestar1 Thrum Circular Walking Guidestar1 Thrum Circular Walking Guidestar1 Thrum Circular Walking Guidestar0 Thrum Circular Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Thrupp
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Thrupp Circular
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Thrum Circular Walking Guide boot Thrum Circular Walking Guide
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A lovely circular walk starting and finishing alongside the River Cherwell in Thrupp, Oxfordshire. Following the river through the woods, the walk takes you over White Bridge and onto Hampton Poyle Church. From there across fields and crops to Hampton Gay Church. Stroll down to the river, under the railway and back to Old Iron Bridge. From here its a short walk to the canal bridge at Shipton. The towpath will take you back to Thrupp where the walk began.

The walk takes you over many stiles and is all off road. If walking after wet weather, you might want to wear wellies as the path through the woods may be wet and muddy. You will be sharing most of the fields with livestock (both sheep and cattle) so take particular care with dogs. If you are looking for refreshments, Thrupp has a pub and tea room.

From Oxford, head north a few miles to Kidlington. Take the main road through Kidlington (A4260) and out heading north. Approximately a mile north of Kidlington, turn right signposted Thrupp. Take the road all the way to its end, taking you over a small canal drawbridge. There is a car park here (behind Annie's Tea Room), and also parking alongside. Approximate postcode OX5 1JZ. There is also a pub in Thrupp called The Boat, just a short 5 minute walk from the tea room.

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Walk Sections

Start to Woods and River Walk
Start to Woods and River Walk

Start point: 51.8399 lat, -1.3005 long
End point: 51.8393 lat, -1.2989 long

Starting at Annie's Tea Room, walk away from the canal, passing to the right of the two thatched cottages, under the railway bridge and through the gate to the woods.

Woods and River Walk to Open Field
Woods and River Walk to Open Field

Start point: 51.8393 lat, -1.2989 long
End point: 51.835 lat, -1.2845 long

Enter the woods and keep to the left hand path which follows the river. Follow the paths through the woods and along the river until you reach an open field.

Open Field to White Bridge
Open Field to White Bridge

Start point: 51.835 lat, -1.2845 long
End point: 51.8338 lat, -1.2772 long

Leave the woods and enter an open field. Keep to the path on the left of the field following the hedge all the way to White Bridge. From this field you will see St Mary's Church Kidlington in the distance to the right.

White Bridge to Hampton Poyle Church
White Bridge to Hampton Poyle Church

Start point: 51.8338 lat, -1.2772 long
End point: 51.8361 lat, -1.2776 long

Cross White Bridge then keep to the hedge on the left-hand side to reach a gate on your left. Go through the gate and over the planks to the enter the second field. Head across this second field aiming slightly to the left of the house. Cross the stile and go straight across the third field and over the stile to reach the road with Hampton Poyle Church. Cross the road and cross the stile into the next field.

Hampton Poyle Church to Centre Field Stile
Hampton Poyle Church to Centre Field Stile

Start point: 51.8361 lat, -1.2776 long
End point: 51.8374 lat, -1.2815 long

Head straight across this small field and cross a double stile on the other side. Keep to the left-hand side of this next field for 20 yards, before turning left into the next field. With your back to the stile, head to the top right-hand corner of the field where you will find the next stile.

Centre Field Stile to Corner Field Stile
Centre Field Stile to Corner Field Stile

Start point: 51.8374 lat, -1.2815 long
End point: 51.8381 lat, -1.2851 long

Cross this stile, head to the top right-hand corner of the field (in exactly the same direction that you just crossed the last field). Cross the stile and planks which will take you into the next field.

Corner Field Stile to Tree Stile
Corner Field Stile to Tree Stile

Start point: 51.8381 lat, -1.2851 long
End point: 51.8411 lat, -1.2923 long

Walk diagonally across this field and cross the stile and planks at the far side to reach the first crop field. Walk through the path in the crops to the stile on the other side of the field. Cross the stile into the second field of crop and follow the path through the crops, taking you to a stile next to an old tree.

Tree Stile to Hampton Gay Church
Tree Stile to Hampton Gay Church

Start point: 51.8411 lat, -1.2923 long
End point: 51.8446 lat, -1.2971 long

From this stile follow the left-hand side of the field aiming for the post in the field next to the small pond. From the small pond walk straight across the field aiming for the right of Hampton Gay Church. As a pointer, there is a small wooden board you can see clearly, which stands next to the stile.

Hampton Gay Church to Old Iron Bridge
Hampton Gay Church to Old Iron Bridge

Start point: 51.8446 lat, -1.2971 long
End point: 51.8448 lat, -1.3015 long

From this stile head across the field aiming for the telegraph pole, and on down to the river. Cross left under the railway bridge on the river walkway around to the stile. Go over this stile and directly across the field on the path to the Old Iron Bridge.

Old Iron Bridge to Shipton Canal Bridge
Old Iron Bridge to Shipton Canal Bridge

Start point: 51.8448 lat, -1.3015 long
End point: 51.8454 lat, -1.3037 long

Cross Old Iron Bridge and follow the field path to the canal bridge at Shipton, with the church in the background.

Shipton Canal Bridge to End
Shipton Canal Bridge to End

Start point: 51.8454 lat, -1.3037 long
End point: 51.84 lat, -1.3005 long

Just before the bridge, take the path on the left down onto the towpath. Turn left and follow the towpath back to Thrupp 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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