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Hailey and Ipsden

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Hailey and Ipsden
Author: Claire, Published: 25 Jun 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Hailey and Ipsden iFootpath Walking Guide Chilterns Oxfordshire star0 Hailey and Ipsden iFootpath Walking Guide Chilterns Oxfordshire star0 Hailey and Ipsden iFootpath Walking Guide Chilterns Oxfordshire star0 Hailey and Ipsden iFootpath Walking Guide Chilterns Oxfordshire star0 Hailey and Ipsden iFootpath Walking Guide Chilterns Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire, Chilterns
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Hailey and Ipsden
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Hailey and Ipsden iFootpath Walking Guide Chilterns Oxfordshire boot Hailey and Ipsden iFootpath Walking Guide Chilterns Oxfordshire
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A 2.5 mile circular pub walk from the hamlet of Hailey in the South Oxfordshire Chilterns. This walking route is short but perfectly formed, rewarding you with beautiful views of the rolling hills, peaceful paths, open fields, pretty villages, an old church and plenty of wildlife.

The walk includes a few steady gradients, but there are no steep sections. It follows a mixture of stone tracks, village lanes and field-edge paths. Most of the paths are firm and wide, but a couple of short stretches can be muddy or a little overgrown at times. There are no stiles or steps on route, the only obstacle being a single kissing gate. You will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours.

The hamlet of Hailey is located alongside Ipsden, about 3 miles southeast of Wallingford and about halfway between Oxford and Reading. (NOTE: There is a second village called Hailey in Oxfordshire, close to Witney, so please don’t head to the wrong one). The walk starts and finishes at the village pub, The King William IV. You will see a sign at the car park entrance that confirms walkers are welcome to use the pub car park, but you are asked to use the overflow area at the rear. Approximate post code OX10 6AD. (If you are walking at peak times for the pub, you may prefer to park in the small gravel area alongside the small village hall in Ipsden – at Waypoint 2).

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Walk Sections

Start to Well Place Road
Start to Well Place Road

Start point: 51.5682 lat, -1.0741 long
End point: 51.5624 lat, -1.0692 long

Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance, taking a moment to enjoy the beautiful views ahead, and turn left along the lane (which soon becomes a tarmac track). Pass a house and farm, Hill Farm, on your right. About 60 metres later, you will reach a fingerpost on your right. Turn right here (signed as a bridleway and The Chiltern Way Extension). Pass through the hedge gap then dog-leg left and right to follow the field-edge bridleway, leading you downhill with a hedgerow on your left and beautiful views ahead.

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife on this stretch. The crop fields usually have wildflower margins to support butterflies and small mammals. The dense hedgerows are ideal for nesting and feeding birds. Look out for red kites soaring overhead, hovering kestrels and the distinctive summer-visiting yellow wagtails. The area beyond the left-hand hedgerow is now a peaceful grazing pasture, but from 1968 to 2006 it was home to Wellplace Zoo.

At the end of this bridleway grass track, you will emerge to a junction with the road, alongside Warren Farm.

Well Place Road to Ipsden Village
Well Place Road to Ipsden Village

Start point: 51.5624 lat, -1.0692 long
End point: 51.5631 lat, -1.0825 long

This road is called Well Place Road, and if you glance in both directions, you will notice it is lined with beautiful old lime trees. This road was once the main entrance avenue for the local manor, Well Place.

Turn right along the lane and continue for just 50 metres to reach the end of the avenue of trees. Turn left at this point to join the signed public footpath. Follow the grass footpath, leading you uphill with a hedgerow on your left and a crop field on your right. At the top, you will reach a junction with a waymarker post.

Turn right, leaving The Chiltern Way and following a field-edge path with a hedgerow running on your left. At the end of the field, pass through the kissing gate and continue ahead on the grass path between hedgerows and then on a stone access drive. You will emerge out to the road junction at the edge of Ipsden village, with the village hall on you right.

Ipsden Village to St Mary's Church
Ipsden Village to St Mary's Church

Start point: 51.5631 lat, -1.0825 long
End point: 51.567 lat, -1.0868 long

Go straight ahead to join The Street, a quiet village lane passing the village stores and post office on your left. You will pass a beautiful brick detached house, The Old Posthouse, on your right. A little further along you will pass an impressive mansion, The Old Vicarage, also on your right. This vicarage is thought to date from the late 1600s.

Immediately after the garden wall of The Old Vicarage ends, turn right onto the signed bridleway. This grass track leads you uphill, initially alongside the beautiful flint vicarage wall. The bridleway leads you under the boughs of yew trees and then continues as a sunken ancient path, with a hedgerow on your right and open crop fields up to your left. You are now walking in the footsteps of many generations of clergymen, who would have used this thoroughfare as their journey to work.

At the end of the sunken section, you will emerge to join a grass track ahead. On your right, look out for a beautiful old slab bench that has been remounted – look carefully you will see a very old inscription, Rest and Be Thankful. The bench makes the perfect spot to pause and enjoy the far-reaching views over the Oxfordshire countryside to your left. Keep ahead on the grass track, passing a wooden bench and the beautiful stone cross war memorial.

At the end of the path, you will reach a junction with the road, with the St Mary’s Church directly ahead. Just to the left of the church gate, look for the cast iron railings and wellhead – this drinking water well was presented to the village by Rajah Sir Deo Narayan Sing KCSI in 1865. The initials denote that he was awarded Knight Commander of the Star of India, an order of chivalry founded by Queen Victoria. He was following the example of the Maharaja of Benares who had presented a well to the nearby village of Stoke Row. It is worth taking a moment to explore the pretty flint church and its churchyard. As you enter the churchyard, there is an ornate acorn-topped water pipe, should you need water for your canine pal. The church dates from the 1100s with later additions that include the south doorway (added in the 1300s) and the belfry (added in the 1800s).

St Mary's Church to End
St Mary's Church to End

Start point: 51.567 lat, -1.0868 long
End point: 51.5683 lat, -1.0741 long

When you have finished at the church, exit back to the road and turn left along this. Pass the black and white Old Church Cottage on your left and then another property, Flintfield, also on your left. Immediately after this, fork slightly left to join the permissive grass bridleway, which runs between the road (on your right) and the crop field (on your left).

Before you reach the end of the crop field and a crossroads, you should see a footpath heading diagonally across the crop field to your left. (This is normally well-maintained, but should it not be passable when you visit, it is easy enough to follow the road and field edges instead). Fork left to follow this diagonal path. At the far end, cross over the road and go straight ahead to continue on the path which cuts diagonally over the second crop field.

You will emerge out onto the access road for Hailey. Turn right to follow this, leading you through the hamlet and on to reach The King William IV pub where the walk began.

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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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The King George IV. Plenty of parking in the overflow car park at the rear.
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The water fountain outside the church.
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St Mary’s Church

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