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Idbury Circular

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Idbury Circular
Author: witneyman, Published: 04 Oct 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Idbury Circular Cotswolds Circular Walking Guidestar0 Idbury Circular Cotswolds Circular Walking Guidestar0 Idbury Circular Cotswolds Circular Walking Guidestar0 Idbury Circular Cotswolds Circular Walking Guidestar0 Idbury Circular Cotswolds Circular Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Idbury Circular
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot Idbury Circular Cotswolds Circular Walking Guide boot Idbury Circular Cotswolds Circular Walking Guide boot Idbury Circular Cotswolds Circular Walking Guide
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This is an 8 mile circular walk from Idbury in the Cotswolds. The walk is varied in character with both wooded sections, including Foxholes Nature Reserve, and open fields which afford fine views along the way. The final section is along a quiet country lane. The route passes through the charming village of Bledington, where refreshments can be obtained at the village pub.

Although relatively flat for the most part, there is a fairly steep ascent in the final wooded section. There are numerous stiles and kissing gates to negotiate, and fields with cattle. Allow 4 hours for the walk.

The walk starts outside St. Nicholas Church in Idbury, approximate postcode OX7 6RU. Parking is available on a wide grass verge some 200 yards past the church. There is also a bus service serving the village of Idbury.

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Walk Sections

Start to Foxholes
Start to Foxholes

Start point: 51.8783 lat, -1.6575 long
End point: 51.8763 lat, -1.644 long

The walk starts at a bridleway sign (rather hidden in a hedge!) opposite St Nicholas Church, Idbury. The church is mainly 15th century in character but has a fine 12th century Norman north doorway with chevrons and saltire crosses in the arch. The church has a peaceful, uncluttered interior with a 15th century font. In the graveyard is the grave of Sir Benjamin Baker, the designer of the Forth Rail Bridge.

Pass through the gate. A bridleway sign with an arrow on a fence in front of you indicates the path. Follow the path, which has a hedge on the right and a fence on the left, to an iron gate with a bridleway sign. Bear slightly right after the gate following a broad path along the edge of a field with a hedge on the left. After approximately 500 yards the path bends slightly to the right and carries on towards the woods in the distance. Cross the field and pass through a wide gap in a hedge. Continue forward across another field and a second gap in a hedge. At the second gap turn right and then left to ascend along the field edge to reach a waypoint sign at the entrance to the woods containing Foxholes Nature Reserve.

Foxholes to Bould
Foxholes to Bould

Start point: 51.8763 lat, -1.644 long
End point: 51.887 lat, -1.6447 long

Follow the path as it wends its way through the left-hand edge of the wood. When you see an information board on your right, stay on the path that you are on and continue to a junction of paths where you bear left through a gap in a fence.

Follow a broad path along the left-hand edge of a field with a hedge on your left until you reach a road in Bould.

Bould to Foscot
Bould to Foscot

Start point: 51.887 lat, -1.6447 long
End point: 51.8923 lat, -1.6434 long

Turn left along the road. After 50 yards turn right along a footpath via a metal gate. Go through a second gate and carry straight on towards a stile in the hedge in front of you. Cross the field and emerge onto a quiet road. Turn left along the road. Where the road bends right going into Foscot, turn left over a stile signposted Footpath Bledington 3/4.

Foscot to Footbridge
Foscot to Footbridge

Start point: 51.8923 lat, -1.6434 long
End point: 51.8955 lat, -1.6422 long

Go through an iron gate and follow the footpath across a field towards another gate with a small clump of trees on your left. Go through a wooden gate and over a footbridge to a stile and another gate.

Footbridge to Bledington Church
Footbridge to Bledington Church

Start point: 51.8955 lat, -1.6422 long
End point: 51.9007 lat, -1.6453 long

After the footbridge, bear left and make for a wooden gate ahead. Go through the gate and the path continues in the same direction between two hedgerows. Go through two more gates and after about half a mile turn right at a junction. Pass through Bledington Churchyard.

Bledington Church to Lane
Bledington Church to Lane

Start point: 51.9007 lat, -1.6453 long
End point: 51.9039 lat, -1.6629 long

After the church turn left along Church Street. Carry on along the road passing the King's Head on your left. Keep to the left where the road forks. After about half a mile turn left through a kissing gate signposted Public Footpath.

Go through another kissing gate and cross a field to a second one. Continue in the same direction until you reach a third kissing gate on your right. Bear right towards farm buildings. Before the end of the field turn left at a waymark sign. Cross the field to a kissing gate and go through this to reach a lane.

Lane to Church Westcote
Lane to Church Westcote

Start point: 51.9039 lat, -1.6629 long
End point: 51.8846 lat, -1.6826 long

Turn right onto the lane and very shortly turn left. Go through a wooden kissing gate and follow the path running between two hedges to another gate. Cross the field at a slight diagonal to reach a gate and footbridge. Carry on in the same direction. Pass a rather impressive dry stone wall. At a wooden gate carry straight on across the field in front of you. On reaching a small unpaved road, turn right. In about 400 yards go through a gate on the left and follow the broad grassy track between two hedges. Shortly go through a gate on your right, turn left and the track becomes briefly a stone one. Carry on in the same direction and after the stone section go through an iron gate and follow the path as it runs along the left-hand edge of a field with trees on your left.

At the end of the field cross a wooden footbridge into a small wood. Follow the path through the wood. Where the path forks keep to the left. At the end of the wood go through a tall wooden kissing gate and follow the path as it turns left. At a crossing of paths in a few hundred yards keep straight on. At the next crossing of paths turn right and then immediately left so that you are essentially continuing in the same direction and enter another wood. Keep straight on at a yellow waymark sign and ascend through the wood. Leave the wood over a stile and carry on in the same direction across a field. Cross four stiles and then turn right to enter the village of Church Westcote.

Church Westcote to End
Church Westcote to End

Start point: 51.8846 lat, -1.6826 long
End point: 51.8786 lat, -1.6572 long

From Church Westcote walk along the small country road through Nether Westcote and all the way back to the start in Idbury. There are fine views on your left. The road is quiet but be aware of cars and cyclists.

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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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