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|Chipping Norton and Over Norton|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 15 May 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3 mile circular walk from the pretty market town of Chipping Norton in the Cotswold Hills in Oxfordshire. The walk follows the paths out past the church and earthwork remains of the castle, then it heads up along the Cleeves Path to Over Norton, before returning via farmland to the town. (The walk can be combined with ‘Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley’ to make a 7 mile figure of eight walk.) |
The walk has a few steady climbs and descents. There are several kissing gates (some of which are a tight squeeze!) and one short wooden ladder stile (with a gap alongside suitable for most dogs). The streamside and farm paths will be very muddy after wet weather. One of the fields near Over Norton is likely to be holding cattle so take care with dogs. Public toilets are available in the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
The walk starts from the free long-stay car park off New Street (A44) in Chipping Norton. Approximate post code OX7 5PJ.
|Start to St Mary's Curch|
Start point: 51.9405 lat, -1.5478 long
From the car park, leave via the vehicle entrance to return to New Street, the A44. Turn left along this main road, heading downhill. After just a short distance, before you reach the Baptist Church, cross over the road to pass under an archway set within the terraced houses (Distons Lane signed to the church).
|St Mary's Curch to Castle Mound|
Start point: 51.9432 lat, -1.5479 long
Fork left down the narrow footpath heading for the church entrance. Just before you reach the church, turn left at the cross roads of paths and follow this wider tarmac path heading down to a white gate. Skirt to the left of the gate to continue ahead down the lane.
|Castle Mound to Over Norton Road|
Start point: 51.9441 lat, -1.5495 long
The earthworks on the left here are where Chipping Norton Castle once stood, a 12th century timber Norman motte and bailey castle.
|Over Norton Road to End of Field|
Start point: 51.9503 lat, -1.543 long
Cross over and then turn left to follow the pavement heading uphill towards Over Norton. At the top of the hill, with Cleeves Corner on the left, follow the main road as it bends round to the right. Just before the bus stop on the right, fork diagonally right to pass in front of the ornate Over Norton Fountain – a Grade II listed structure.
|End of Field to Car Park|
Start point: 51.9487 lat, -1.5428 long
Turn left along the pavement to follow the long straight road back towards Chipping Norton. At the double mini-roundabout turn right on the road signed for Evesham and the town centre. Follow the High Street and then follow the main A44 road as it bends to the right. The entrance lane for the car park will be on the left.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
short but sweet
|By CP on 2016-11-06 14:28:06|
very clear directions
|By CP on 2016-11-06 14:30:56|
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