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Wootton Two Rivers Circular

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Wootton Two Rivers Circular
Author: Carley, Published: 08 Mar 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Wootton Two Rivers Circular Walking Guidestar1 Wootton Two Rivers Circular Walking Guidestar1 Wootton Two Rivers Circular Walking Guidestar1 Wootton Two Rivers Circular Walking Guidestar1 Wootton Two Rivers Circular Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Wootton
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Wootton Two Rivers Circular
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Wootton Two Rivers Circular Walking Guide boot Wootton Two Rivers Circular Walking Guide boot Wootton Two Rivers Circular Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk from the village of Wootton in Oxfordshire. Wootton is a pretty village, just north of Woodstock. The walk takes in the rivers Glyme and Dorn with some lovely views across their valleys, with parts of the walk as pretty as anywhere in Oxfordshire. On the outskirts of Wootton, you will walk through Long Meadow and Jubilee Meadow, both managed by the Wootton Conservation Trust. As you near the end of the walk and enter Jubilee Meadow, if the water meadows look dry, you may like to go “off route” and drop down to walk alongside the river, either crossing the valley to Long Meadow or staying in Jubilee Meadow; and find your own way back into the village – you won’t get lost.

The walk is circular and there are a couple of short sharp ascents and descents but otherwise it’s fairly easy going. There are no stiles on route but you will need to negotiate some kissing gates, gates and footbridges. The walk crosses a few grazing pastures where you may come across livestock. Allow 2.5 hours.

In terms of facilities, there is a small but carefully stocked village shop and delicatessen; and a pub on the B4027 outskirts of the village, about a 0.25 mile walk from the centre of the village.

The walk is a circular walk starting and finishing at the Church of St Mary the Virgin on Church Street in Wootton, OX20 1DZ. Roadside parking is available near the church and throughout the village.

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Walk Sections

Start to Bridleway out of Wootton
Start to Bridleway out of Wootton

Start point: 51.8755 lat, -1.3637 long
End point: 51.8728 lat, -1.363 long

The walk starts outside the Church of St Mary the Virgin. The 13th century church is worth a visit – a plaque commemorates the marriage of Robert Kilvert, the diarist, to a Wootton woman (Elizabeth Rowland) in 1879.

With the church behind you, walk ahead down Church Street, passing the village store on your right. Church Street goes downhill bearing left; and at the junction with Mill Lane, stay left as Church Street becomes Horseshoe Lane. Horseshoe Lane continues downhill and swiftly reaches a bridge over the river Glyme. Over the bridge, the road turns right but you take the bridleway on the left (the waymarker post is beside a BT box) opposite the bridge, between two houses.

Bridleway out of Wootton to Footbridge over River Glyme
Bridleway out of Wootton to Footbridge over River Glyme

Start point: 51.8728 lat, -1.363 long
End point: 51.8701 lat, -1.3535 long

Take this path which climbs uphill and passes through a wooden gate into an open field overlooking the River Glyme. Maintaining height, walk directly ahead, skirting the right of the field (and the house overlooking the valley) to pass through another wooden gate into Long Meadow. The path goes through a short lightly wooded area to another wooden gate. After this gate, keep to the right-hand side of the field as it descends towards another wooden gate. (Ignore the footbridge on the river on your left). Go through the wooden gate and cross the next field right to a tandem wooden gate on the far side (Waypoint 2).

Footbridge over River Glyme to Cycle Way Junction
Footbridge over River Glyme to Cycle Way Junction

Start point: 51.8701 lat, -1.3535 long
End point: 51.8687 lat, -1.3426 long

Go through the tandem gates and over the footbridge. Follow the path as it wends through a wooded area for a short distance, leading you to a courtyard, with a large house on the right and garaging/outbuildings on the left. Cross the courtyard and follow the lane, slightly uphill, as it leaves the courtyard.

As the lane veers left, you take the waymarked gate on the right into a grazing field. Cross this field to another gate and across another field to a gate into an arable field. Cross this arable field towards some houses, veering slightly left, to a gap and gate in the hedge in the far corner. Cross the B4027 to the Oxfordshire Way waymarker sign opposite.

Follow the direction of this path alongside a house onto the grassy edge of a field to a junction of paths on the other side of the field (Waypoint 3).

Cycle Way Junction to Upper Dornford Cottage
Cycle Way Junction to Upper Dornford Cottage

Start point: 51.8687 lat, -1.3426 long
End point: 51.8909 lat, -1.3349 long

At this junction of an unmarked bridleway with the Oxfordshire Way, turn left, leaving the Oxfordshire Way. You are now on a path with a narrow swathe of woodland on each side, which is also the National Cycle Network route 5. This is the least demanding stretch of the walk - you stay on it, ignoring any other footpaths which cut across it, for just over 1.5 miles as it travels due north. After about 0.75 miles, it widens to a good tractor’s width.

After about 1.5 miles, you come to the first house since you left the B4027 and the lane becomes tarmac. Immediately past the house (Upper Dornford Cottage), turn left onto the tarmac lane (Waypoint 4).

Upper Dornford Cottage to Five Bar Gate
Upper Dornford Cottage to Five Bar Gate

Start point: 51.8909 lat, -1.3349 long
End point: 51.8851 lat, -1.3442 long

Follow this lane for about 200 yards, until it reaches the gateway into a farm (Upper Dornford Farm). Bear left and skirt the fenced farm property on your right, down to the corner of the field. Turn left to follow the field edge, keeping the fence on your right. On the other side of the fence, the pasture falls away to the valley of the River Dorn. After a short while, you will start to get glimpses of the Dorn glittering in the valley floor below.

Maintain this route for about 0.5 miles, passing through several fields, until you reach a waymarked wooden five bar gate directly in front of you. (The waymarker sign may be obscured by brambles).

Five Bar Gate to Woodland Path
Five Bar Gate to Woodland Path

Start point: 51.8851 lat, -1.3442 long
End point: 51.8757 lat, -1.3509 long

Go through the five bar gate, into a grass field, keeping close to the fence on your left. At the end of the field, go through a wooden gate and cross the next field diagonally right to the far corner, to a gate which takes you onto a lane alongside a large farmhouse and outbuildings. Turn left onto the lane and follow the lane southwards.

After less than 0.5 miles, the lane passes Dornford Cottage on your left with a wood on the right-hand side. The garden of Dornford Cottage runs alongside the lane and, at the end of the garden, a waymarker post points left. Do NOT follow this, instead on the other side of the lane, take the un-marked path to your right which drops away from the lane into the wood.

Woodland Path to Milford Bridge
Woodland Path to Milford Bridge

Start point: 51.8757 lat, -1.3509 long
End point: 51.8751 lat, -1.3523 long

Follow this unmarked path into the wood. It goes downhill through the wood where the trees have kindly lent their roots as useful steps.

As the path reaches the river, it turns left towards the waymarked gate leading onto the B4027 beside Milford Bridge.

Milford Bridge to Jubilee Meadow
Milford Bridge to Jubilee Meadow

Start point: 51.8751 lat, -1.3523 long
End point: 51.8751 lat, -1.353 long

Turn right over Milford Bridge, crossing the River Dorn. The sightlines are poor for traffic coming from both directions so cross the bridge as carefully and swiftly as possible. Once across the bridge, turn left immediately into Milford Lane, signposted to Wootton.

Once in Milford Lane, quickly turn left again through an entrance in the hedge into a small grassed area, opposite a white house. (There may be a car parked in the gap, in which case you will need to squeeze past it). Turn right inside the hedge and about 10 feet ahead is a gate into Jubilee Meadows where you are greeted by the circular sign for Jubilee Meadows.

Jubilee Meadow to End
Jubilee Meadow to End

Start point: 51.8751 lat, -1.353 long
End point: 51.8756 lat, -1.3636 long

Enter Jubilee Meadow where you are greeted by the round Jubilee Meadow sign on a post. Follow the path uphill and through another gate.

Bearing left, follow the field round the top of the valley edge so you can enjoy the view over the River Glyme, then cross the field diagonally towards the gate and re-enter Milford Lane.

Turn left and walk along the pavement for a short distance to another waymarker sign on your left, opposite Marriott Close. Turn left onto the footpath which goes downhill alongside the hedge on your right to another wooden gate. Go through this gate and along the grassy path and enter Horseshoe Lane.

Turn right into Horseshoe Lane and follow the road back up to Church Street and the start point of the Church of St Mary the Virgin.

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2 comments for "Wootton Two Rivers Circular"

Nice walk - nearly 6 miles though on my tracker!

ADMIN RESPONSE: Glad you enjoyed the walk. All our walk lengths are calculated by the walk author tracking the route with the iFootpath GPS Tracker as they walk. Our Tracker has been calibrated to exactly match Ordnance Survey distances. We then round the length to the nearest mile for simplicity (although this original track was already 5.0 miles, so no rounding needed). Other trackers you may use are calibrated differently and activity trackers only estimate mileage based on the number of steps you take, making them much less accurate. Of course, the exact route you take along a path also makes a difference - walking around the outside of bends and weaving to avoid puddles all adds up. I hope that helps.

By littlenic on 01 Apr 2018

Very clear directions to an excellent walk. Interestingly varied and some lovely views.

By witneyman on 21 Mar 2018

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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