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Chadlington Circular

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Chadlington Circular
Author: witneyman, Published: 16 Oct 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Chadlington Circular Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar0 Chadlington Circular Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar0 Chadlington Circular Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar0 Chadlington Circular Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar0 Chadlington Circular Oxfordshire Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Chadlington Circular
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Chadlington Circular Oxfordshire Walking Guide boot Chadlington Circular Oxfordshire Walking Guide
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This is a 4 mile circular walk from the Cotswold village of Chadlington. The walk includes field paths, woodland and some paved road sections. There are some fine views along the way. The walk is relatively flat but there are a number of stiles to negotiate en route.

The walk starts from the Church of St Nicholas in the village of Chadlington. Approximate postcode OX7 3BL. Street parking is available in the village.

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Walk Sections

Start to Grove Lane
Start to Grove Lane

Start point: 51.8959 lat, -1.5166 long
End point: 51.8953 lat, -1.507 long

The walk starts near St Nicholas Church. The church dates to sometime around 1100, but the remnant of a Saxon arch in the nave is evidence of a much older church on the same site. On the east wall of the nave, high above the chancel, is a large carving of a Green Man, with foliage flowing from his mouth. This type of Green Man is what is termed a Tree Nose depiction, because the figure's head is made of leaves while the tree trunk descends to form his nose.

From the church, walk along the road for about 200 yards in an easterly direction to the start of the walk proper. Just before a right-hand bend in the road, bear left at a Wychwood Way bridleway sign marked Dean 1/2. Cross a stile by a metal gate and carry straight on with a hedge on the right. At the bottom of the hill, pass through two wooden gates and carry on along the track on the other side.

Continue along the path keeping close to the fence on your left and pass through two wooden gates. There are also stiles at these gates but these are somewhat difficult to get over. The path continues with a hedge on your left and a wooden fence on your right. Go through another wooden gate and turn right onto a lane to reach a crossroads.

At the crossroads, turn right along the road. In about 400 yards turn right at a T-junction and then in 30 yards turn left down Grove Lane (the road sign may be missing).

Grove Lane to Gate
Grove Lane to Gate

Start point: 51.8953 lat, -1.507 long
End point: 51.8843 lat, -1.523 long

Follow the lane for about half a mile until you reach a bridleway sign on the right. Turn right to join this bridleway.

Pass two waymark signs and ascend to an open field. Carry on along the right-hand edge of the open field with fine views to your left. The path becomes a broad sward with a hedge on the right and trees on the left. The path continues along the edges of open fields with again fine views on your left. At the corner of the last field pass through a wooden gate with a blue public bridleway sign. Follow the path with a hedge on your left and an open field on the right. On reaching a road, cross over and go through a gate opposite signposted Oxfordshire Way Bridleway. In about 500 yards go through a gate on your right.

Gate to Footbridge
Gate to Footbridge

Start point: 51.8843 lat, -1.523 long
End point: 51.8897 lat, -1.5265 long

The path goes diagonally across a field to reach a stream and ditch on your left. (If the field is ploughed and muddy it is possible to stay on the road and then go through a metal gate on your right about 200 yards after the first gate and continue down the side of the field).

Go through a metal gate and carry on walking on the left-hand edge of a field with trees on your left. Go through a kissing gate and follow the path as it goes to the left of a sewage farm (thankfully odourless!). Pass through another metal gate and continue in the same direction to reach a wooden footbridge.

Footbridge to End
Footbridge to End

Start point: 51.8897 lat, -1.5265 long
End point: 51.8961 lat, -1.5166 long

Cross the footbridge, go through a metal gate and turn right. Climb over a 3-barred gate with a stepping stone past cottages to reach Bull Hill.

Turn right along Bull Hill using the footpath on the left-hand side of the road. Keep straight on at the crossroads along Chapel Road, passing the Cafe de la Post on your right and on to reach St Nicholas Church and the end of this walk.

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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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