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Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley

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Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 13 May 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley Walking Guidestar1 Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley Walking Guidestar1 Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley Walking Guidestar0 Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley Walking Guidestar0 Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley Walking Guide boot Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley Walking Guide
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A 4 mile loop from the pretty Cotswold market town of Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. The walk heads out along the main road before turning onto an ancient lane which leads to fields and meadows past New Chalford Farm and then Glyme Farm. The views from this latter section of the walk give you a chance to really enjoy this part of the Cotswold Hills.

The walk has only gentle climbs and descents and the paths are a mixture of pavements and field paths, the latter of which will be muddy after wet weather. There are no stiles but several kissing gates and one narrow footbridge. One of the fields was holding both horses and young bulls when we passed through so take the usual precautions with dogs. Public toilets are available in the New Street long stay car park, close to the start of the walk. Approximate time 2 hours.

The walk starts from the corner of Market Street and Church Street, right in the centre of Chipping Norton. The nearest car park is the New Street free long-stay pay and display car park, just a two minute walk away. Approximate post code for the car park OX7 5PJ. From the car park return back to the main A44, turn right and then left onto Market Street.

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Walk Sections

Market Streets to New Chalford Farm
Market Streets to New Chalford Farm

Start point: 51.9429 lat, -1.5453 long
End point: 51.9439 lat, -1.5229 long

The walk starts from the corner of Market Street and Church Street, just outside the Chequers Inn. Go uphill along Goddard Lane to meet the High Street and turn left here. After just a few paces (by Chalford Blinds) cross the road and turn right up the small tarmac lane towards White House Surgery. Follow the lane as it bends right and then left.

Continue straight ahead along Portland Place to meet a T-junction. Turn left onto Albion Street, passing the surgery car park on the left. Just before you reach the main road ahead, turn right up Rock Hill. On the left are the war memorials for Chipping Norton, and on the right is the gated entrance to Rock Hill House with stone pelicans adorning the gateposts.

After a short distance turn left down the narrow tarmac lane towards Oddfellows Hall. Turn right onto London Road. Follow this main road climbing gradually uphill, and you will pass the Holy Trinity Catholic Church on the right. A little further along on the left you will pass the Henry Cornish Care Centre.

Continue ahead along the main road, this section of which is lined with horse chestnut trees, passing crop fields and tree plantations on the right. Some distance further along you will come to the entrance to New Chalford Farm on the right.

New Chalford Farm to Glyme Valley Nature Reserve
New Chalford Farm to Glyme Valley Nature Reserve

Start point: 51.9439 lat, -1.5229 long
End point: 51.9318 lat, -1.5161 long

Turn right onto the entrance lane to New Chalford Farm, marked as a restricted byway for Salt Way. The pretty lane is lined with lime trees and ancient hedgerows. Continue through the centre of the farm buildings and then go through the gate marked with a footpath sign, into a field. Note the field will probably be holding horses and/or cattle.

Go diagonally across the centre of the field, heading for the opposite corner by the golf course. Pass through the gate here and continue ahead down the footpath lined with trees each side.

Continue ahead until you reach the entrance gate to Glyme Valley Nature Reserve on the left.

Glyme Valley Nature Reserve to Stream
Glyme Valley Nature Reserve to Stream

Start point: 51.9318 lat, -1.5161 long
End point: 51.9337 lat, -1.5238 long

Do NOT go into the nature reserve; instead turn right here through the kissing gate opposite, into a field. Follow the obvious grass path going diagonally uphill. On the left you will pass the ruins of the previous farm buildings, now just a few ruined walls and the remains of the garden planting.

Pass through a kissing gate to enter a small belt of young trees. At the end of the trees, pass through the corner of a field via a pair of kissing gates. At the end of the second belt of trees pass through another kissing gate into an area of sloping meadow. Cross diagonally down to the right to reach the footbridge over the stream.

The stream here starts as a series of springs near Glyme Farm and flows onwards to become the River Glyme. It is this river that Capability Brown used to create the lakes at the front of Blenheim Palace.

Stream to Chipping Norton School
Stream to Chipping Norton School

Start point: 51.9337 lat, -1.5238 long
End point: 51.9369 lat, -1.5441 long

Use the narrow footbridge to pass over the chalk stream, stopping for a paddle should you wish and pass through the kissing gate immediately afterwards to reach the next meadow.

Turn right and stay quite close to the field boundary on the right to reach the top of the meadow. Continue in the same direction across the corner of a field via another pair of kissing gates. Pass through one further short field with the buildings for Glyme Farm on the right. Pass through the kissing gate out onto the access lane.

Cross over the lane and take the track directly opposite and follow this as it bends to the left. Follow the grass track gradually climbing uphill and take time to enjoy the views in every direction. After a little distance pass through a green metal kissing gate and continue ahead on the track.

On the left you will pass the Fowlers Lot allotments and on the right you will pass by Glyme Hall, the leisure centre and then Chipping Norton School.

Chipping Norton School to End
Chipping Norton School to End

Start point: 51.9369 lat, -1.5441 long
End point: 51.9413 lat, -1.5458 long

Turn right onto Burford Road and continue past the fire station on the right. Use the two zebra crossings to turn left and then right at the two mini roundabouts, signposted for Banbury. Continue ahead along West Street, passing the many shops and cafes of the market town.

Chipping Norton translates from the Old English as ‘Market North Town’, with Chipping being from the Old English ‘ceping’ meaning market.

Cross to the left hand side of the road before you reach the next roundabout, then go straight ahead passing to the left of the market place to reach the start of the walk.

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1 responses to "Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley"

First half of the walk is along a very busy main road with very little to see. Not great as a dog walk. 2nd half was better as it was out in fields but not the open countryside we were expecting.

By HanW on 2015-02-01 17:05:45

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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