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Stonesfield Stroll

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Stonesfield Stroll
Author: witneyman, Published: 03 Apr 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Stonesfield Stroll circular walking guidestar0 Stonesfield Stroll circular walking guidestar0 Stonesfield Stroll circular walking guidestar0 Stonesfield Stroll circular walking guidestar0 Stonesfield Stroll circular walking guide
Oxfordshire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Stonesfield Stroll
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stonesfield Stroll circular walking guide boot Stonesfield Stroll circular walking guide
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This is a 3 mile circular walk from the Cotswold village of Stonesfield in Oxfordshire, a hilly village with a history of slate mining. Indeed many of the stone roofing slates used in Oxfordshire, including those on several Oxford Colleges, came from Stonesfield. At the centre of Stonesfield stands the 13th century church of St. James the Great, its bell tower clearly visible above the surrounding buildings. The walk is on field paths and quiet country roads and passes through two Sites of Special Scientific Interest - Stonesfield Common and Stockey Bottom. There are several stiles to negotiate (which have adjacent dog gates), and some fairly steep (but short) sections. There are fine views of the Evenlode Valley on the way. Allow 1.5 hours.

The walk starts at the junction of High Street and Church Street, Stonesfield, Oxfordshire. Street parking is available in the area near to this junction; the postcode is OX29 8QU.

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Walk Sections

Start to Bridge
Start to Bridge

Start point: 51.8511 lat, -1.4293 long
End point: 51.8455 lat, -1.4305 long

From the parking area walk south along Church Street. Where the road turns sharply right go straight on down Brook Lane. Continue along the lane, which becomes a track descending steeply to reach a bridge over the River Evenlode. On the way you will pass a notice board describing the geology of the area and the interesting fossils found there, including the first ever scientifically described dinosaur remains, the jaw bone of a dinosaur known as Megalosaurus.

Bridge to Gate
Bridge to Gate

Start point: 51.8455 lat, -1.4305 long
End point: 51.8436 lat, -1.4371 long

Just before reaching the bridge bear right along a path ascending to a stile. Cross the stile and enter Stonesfield Common. The path continues across the Common with fine views of the Evenlode Valley on your left. The path swings round to the right as you near the end of the open area to reach a gate.

Gate to Railway Bridge
Gate to Railway Bridge

Start point: 51.8436 lat, -1.4371 long
End point: 51.8411 lat, -1.4402 long

Go through the gate onto the road and turn left. Walk down the road until you reach a junction just before a railway bridge.

Railway Bridge to House
Railway Bridge to House

Start point: 51.8411 lat, -1.4402 long
End point: 51.8453 lat, -1.4468 long

Do not cross the railway bridge but take the road to the right, signposted for Fawler and Charlbury. Walk along the road for about 800m until you reach a house on the right. There is a fine view of woodland in the distance across the valley.

House to Left Turn
House to Left Turn

Start point: 51.8453 lat, -1.4468 long
End point: 51.8497 lat, -1.44 long

Just before the house turn right up a lane leading to Oaklands Farm. Keep right at the farm buildings and follow the path round the east side of the farm. Stay on the farm track as it continues north through open country with views of Stonesfield in the distance and then turns to the east to reach a road.

Left Turn to Right Turn
Left Turn to Right Turn

Start point: 51.8497 lat, -1.44 long
End point: 51.851 lat, -1.4401 long

Turn left along the road and then in about 150m take the next right turn along a lane (Witney Lane) with a house on the corner.

Right Turn to Stockey Bottom
Right Turn to Stockey Bottom

Start point: 51.851 lat, -1.4401 long
End point: 51.8508 lat, -1.4363 long

Follow the lane for about 150m and, just before a building on the right, turn right along a lane. In 150m bear left as you reach trees on your right and then turn right along a track through trees into Stockey Bottom.

Stockey Bottom to Stile
Stockey Bottom to Stile

Start point: 51.8508 lat, -1.4363 long
End point: 51.848 lat, -1.4326 long

Continue along the track for about 400m. Just before the path bends right along the edge of the trees, you will see a stile on your left.

Stile to End
Stile to End

Start point: 51.848 lat, -1.4326 long
End point: 0 lat, 0 long

Cross the stile (there is a gate by the stile but this may be locked). The path descends steeply down a field and rises equally steeply on the other side to reach another stile. Cross the stile which is followed by a choice of steps or a short landscaped path - take your pick. The path bends round to the right at the top of the steps and shortly passes through a residential area to reach a road (Churchfields). Turn left at the road and then immediately turn right to enter the churchyard of St James' Church. The path passes to the right of the church to emerge on to the parking area at the start of the walk.

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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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