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|Author: witneyman, Published: 27 Nov 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|This is a 3 mile circular walk from the Oxfordshire village of Freeland. The walk includes field paths and some paved road sections. The walk is relatively flat with just one gentle incline up but there are several stiles and one kissing gate to negotiate en route. Refreshments are available in Freeland and in Church Hanborough.|
The walk starts from the village of Freeland. Parking is available at the Village Hall car park. Approximate postcode OX29 8AQ.
|Start to Stile|
Start point: 51.8109 lat, -1.3995 long
From the Village Hall car park cross the playing field to a gate in the far left corner. Cross Blenheim Lane and turn right and immediately left through a gate by Little Blenheim Cottage. Pass between the cottage and its garden to a narrow passage between a hedge and and a fence. Go through a gate and then follow the path at the edge of the field as it bends right to reach a stile.
|Stile to Left Turn|
Start point: 51.8158 lat, -1.3987 long
Turn left after crossing the stile and follow the path along the edge of a field (keeping a hedge on your left) as it turns first right, then left and then right again. Continue along the path until you reach a brook where the hedge ends.
|Left Turn to Long Hanborough|
Start point: 51.8186 lat, -1.3969 long
Turn left and follow the path with the brook on your right until you reach, in about 200 yards, a brick bridge. Cross the bridge and turn immediately left along a path which runs between house gardens and a stream. In about 175 yards the path turns sharply right and goes between houses. Turn right along Marlborough Crescent and follow the road to a junction where you bear left to reach Churchill Way. Follow Churchill Way to the right and then swinging left to reach Church Road, Long Hanborough.
|Long Hanborough to Old Post Office|
Start point: 51.8221 lat, -1.3944 long
Turn right along Church Road and follow the road using the footpath on the right-hand side, which soon is set back from the road. On reaching Church Hanborough, continue along the road passing the church on the right and the Hand and Shears pub on the left to reach the Old Post Office on your left.
|Old Post Office to Double Stile and Bridge|
Start point: 51.8121 lat, -1.3825 long
At the Old Post Office, turn right down Pigeon House Lane. The road descends to a right-hand bend where you turn left off the road at a footpath sign and immediately turn right through a gate to a footpath. You will see some polythene enclosures housing sheep pens on your left. Follow the path up the right-hand edge of the field and turn left at the field corner to reach a bridge on your right. Cross the bridge and follow the footpath as it bears left until you reach another bridge with two stiles.
|Double Stile and Bridge to Village Green|
Start point: 51.8085 lat, -1.388 long
Cross the bridge and stiles and follow the path as it ascends by the side of a field. Pass through a kissing gate and continue a few yards along a road to reach the Village Green in Freeland.
|Village Green to End|
Start point: 51.8069 lat, -1.3971 long
From the Village Green, bear right along Wroslyn Road walking on the pavement on the left-hand side of the road to return to the start.
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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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