This site uses cookies please click 'Accept' to continue and remove this message or 'More....' to view our Privacy Policy

iFootpath uses first and third-party cookies to provide you with a personalised browsing experience. We do so in accordance with our Privacy Policy. By actively continuing to use this website, closing this banner or clicking the Accept button below, you consent to our use of cookies.

For full access to iFootpath, to join the walking community, rate the walks, print, leave comments, mark walks as Favourite & Completed (mirror in the App), and much more please Register and login. It's free (no subscription, no charge to view or download a walking guide or GPS route) and only takes a moment or two. Already registered? Login here.

Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail

There are currently 0 comments and 11 photos online for this walk.

Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail
Author: Claire, Published: 12 Jul 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshirestar0 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshirestar0 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshirestar0 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshirestar0 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire, Witney
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire boot Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire
iFootpath home page    Get the iFootpath iOS/apple app    Get the Android app from Google Play    Get the Android app from Amazon

0001_sunny Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, OxfordshireToday's weather
18 °C, Clear/sunny, Wind: 4 mph W
Next few days: Hover over icon for more info.
0002_sunny_intervals Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire 0002_sunny_intervals Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire 0002_sunny_intervals Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire 0002_sunny_intervals Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire 0006_mist Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire

A 3.5 mile circular walk from the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire. Fans of the TV drama Downton Abbey will immediately recognise Bampton village as being the real-life setting for the fictional village of Downton. A tour of the village streets will quickly reveal Downton’s church, hospital, pubs and home of the Crawley family. Leaving the village streets behind, the walking route heads south to explore the peaceful arable farmland. Managed sensitively to conserve wildlife, this particularly tranquil setting will lead you through an area rich with birds, wildflowers and butterflies.

The walk is relatively flat with only very gently gradients. It follows a mixture of village streets, a quiet access lane and wide field-edge paths (which can be muddy at times). There are no stiles or livestock on route, but you will need to negotiate a couple of kissing gates plus one staggered barrier. In terms of facilities, there are public toilets (paid) in the Market Square, plus a range of pubs, cafes and shops. Allow 1.5-2 hours.

Bampton is a small village located about 4 miles southwest of Witney in Oxfordshire. The walk starts and finishes in the Market Square in the village centre, at the junction between the A4095 and the B4449. There is a small parking area here with 4 hours free parking. NOTE: The village has become a popular tourist destination thanks to its Downton Abbey connections, so arrive early on weekends and in holiday times to ensure you are able to park. Approximate post code OX18 2JH.

View Larger Map

Walk Sections

Start to St Mary's Church
Start to St Mary's Church

Start point: 51.7265 lat, -1.5455 long
End point: 51.7274 lat, -1.5484 long

The walk begins in the parking area in the Market Square. Standing in this parking area with the Gallery and Post Office building on your left, walk ahead to reach the road. Cross over to the far pavement with care and turn right along this, passing several pretty cottages (including The Old Stores and Cotsfield) on your left.

As you pass The Old Forge, you will reach the first side road on your left, Church Street. Do NOT take this, instead cross over and continue ahead along the wide tarmac walkway of Broad Street. You will have a lovely row of stone cottages on your left and a beautiful row of lime trees on your right. Continue past Deanery Farmhouse, Barn and Courtyard on your left and then turn left into the side road.

Follow the pavement of this side road as it swings steadily left, leading you past St Mary’s Church on your right. At the far end of the church, cross over the road (right) to reach the entrance gates for the church (on your right) and Churchgate House (ahead). This spot will feel very familiar to fans of the TV drama Downton’s Abbey. Whilst the fictional village of Downton is located in Yorkshire, the outdoor filming actually takes place here in the village of Bampton on the edge of the Cotswolds. Churchgate House is used for the exterior shots of Isobel Crawley’s house. St Mary’s Church, which is renamed as St Michael and All Angels during filming, has hosted a number of dramatic Downton Abbey events including weddings, funerals, christenings and even a jilting at the altar. The church (which dates from the 1100s, with a spire from the 1200s) and its churchyard are well worth exploring if you have the time.

St Mary's Church to Weald Street
St Mary's Church to Weald Street

Start point: 51.7274 lat, -1.5484 long
End point: 51.724 lat, -1.551 long

When you are ready to continue, stand with your back to the church gates and walk directly ahead to pass Churchgate House on your right. As you approach the street ahead called Church View, look on your right to see an old wooden arched door set into the stone wall. This is the entrance for Bampton library and archives, but during filming it doubles as the entrance for Downton Hospital. The street of Church View has appeared regularly throughout the series; it was the site of Downton Fair and is the home of two fictional pubs, The Grantham Arms and The Dog and Duck.

Keep ahead to walk along the length of Church View. Downton Abbey was first aired in 2010 in the UK, but by the third series it had become one of the most watched TV dramas worldwide. It depicted the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants between 1912 and 1926. The rights to broadcast Downton Abbey have been acquired in more than 220 territories with an estimated global audience of 120 million. In 2014 China’s first butler school opened to meet a growing demand, attributed to the influence of Downton Abbey. The final episode of the drama was broadcast on Christmas Day in 2015.

At the end of Church View you will reach a T-junction with the main village road. Cross over to the far pavement with care and turn right along this. This road is known as Bridge Street and will lead you over a pretty stream, Shill Brook. Beyond this stream crossing, ignore the first side road (a cul-de-sac called Mill Green Close) and then take the next left turn, Weald Street.

Weald Street to RAF Bampton Castle
Weald Street to RAF Bampton Castle

Start point: 51.724 lat, -1.551 long
End point: 51.7142 lat, -1.5483 long

Follow Weald Street ahead, taking care of any occasional traffic, passing between more stone cottages on your left and Weald Manor on your right. Ignore the footpath signed left into Primrose Lane, instead stay with the main lane which swings right leading you out of the village. Continue along the lane for about 0.5km, passing The Paddocks mobile home park on your left and The Old Farmhouse on your right, to reach a side road on your left (signed for Glebe Farm and Bampton Business Centres).

Turn left onto this access lane (signed as both a Private Road and Public Footpath) and follow it leading you between hedgerows. Ignore the first footpaths signed off to the right and left and continue to pass a couple of cottages on your left and Glebe Farm on your right. Soon afterwards, the access lane leads you between a small car park (on your left) and the enclosure for a business park (on your right). You will notice the double, tall security fencing around the business park which is the tell-tale sign that this was once RAF Bampton Castle. The site was not a flying station, but a communications station. It was closed in 2006 and more than 70 communications masts were removed.

RAF Bampton Castle to Metal Kissing Gate
RAF Bampton Castle to Metal Kissing Gate

Start point: 51.7142 lat, -1.5483 long
End point: 51.7158 lat, -1.5417 long

Simply keep ahead along the tarmac access lane, enjoying the far-reaching views across arable farmland that have opened up ahead. You will reach a point where the main tarmac lane turns right, with a pair of wide metal gates ahead. Do NOT follow the main lane, instead go ahead, passing alongside the metal gates to continue on a concrete track. Keep ahead for about 300 metres to reach the point at which the concrete track ends (to become grass).

Turn left at this point, passing through a pair of farm gates (which are normally open) to enter a crop field. (NOTE: The official footpath entrance into this field is via a hedge gap and footbridge just a few paces further ahead, but the field gates are the easier option if they are open). Continue ahead on the wide grass track with a tree line on your right and a crop field on your left. Across the fields to your left, you should be able to see the tall spire of Bampton’s church. If you are walking in the spring and summer months, listen out for the sound of skylarks – we were accompanied by their shrill songs for much of this walk and saw at least five pairs.

As you reach the field corner, turn left and continue on the grass track along the edge of this same crop field, with a tree line still running on your right. In the next field corner, go ahead through the wide hedge gap and continue ahead on the grass track with a second crop field on your left. When the tree line on your right ends, ignore the footbridge on your right, instead turn left on the grass track leading you across the crop field to reach the left-hand hedgerow. As you reach this hedgerow, turn right along the grass track, which continues with the hedgerow on your left to reach a metal kissing gate ahead.

Metal Kissing Gate to Stream Ford
Metal Kissing Gate to Stream Ford

Start point: 51.7158 lat, -1.5417 long
End point: 51.7236 lat, -1.5462 long

Go through the gate and walk straight ahead along the left-hand edge of this crop field. At the end of this first field, stay with the track which turns right (to lead you between two fields), and then bends left to continue with a crop field on your left and a wide wildflower margin plus crop field on your right. This wildflower margin was brimming with colour when we walked, with cow parsley, daisies, field scabious and many butterflies.

Further along, the path leads you past a fenced horse paddock on your left to reach a farm gate and kissing gate ahead. Go through the kissing gate and walk ahead through the tunnel of trees. You will emerge to a path junction with the end of a residential road on your left and a beautiful ford within Shill Brook ahead. This makes the perfect spot for your canine friend to cool off on hot days.

Stream Ford to End
Stream Ford to End

Start point: 51.7236 lat, -1.5462 long
End point: 51.7268 lat, -1.5454 long

Follow the footpath which turns right and then left to cross Shill Brook via a footbridge. Now simply keep ahead on the enclosed footpath, soon with a beautiful old stone wall running on your left and a ditch on your right. At the end of this stretch, pass through a staggered barrier and continue on the stone then tarmac driveway to reach a T-junction with the main village road.

Turn right along the pavement, passing the village pubs, cafes, butcher and bakery. This road will lead you directly back to the Market Square in the centre of the village, where the walk began.

Remember...the best way of following our walking guides is to use the iFootpath App (iOS and Android) where you will have all the information in the palm of your hand and see your exact location on the live map as you travel. You can also add comments, photos, ratings and track your own routes.

Check out these resources for your walk

hotels Hostel Directory GetMap Rail

network Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire Original GPX source file

Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2018 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.


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.

Powered by World Weather Online.

We've an App too

Did you know that we have an iFootopath App? - includes all walks with directions and a live map...

No need to print and no more wrong turns....

Get the iFootpath App

appstore  en badge web generic

Click top right X to close.

11 gallery images for "Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail"

11156_0clairesharpuk1531322580 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire Image by: Claire
Uploaded: 11 Jul 2018
The doorway for Bampton Library is converted into the entrance for Downton Cottage Hospital during filming of Downton Abbey
11156_0clairesharpuk1531322647 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire Image by: Claire
Uploaded: 11 Jul 2018
St Mary's Church is used to film the scenes set in St Michael's and All Angels Church for Downton Abbey
11156_0clairesharpuk1531322707 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire Image by: Claire
Uploaded: 11 Jul 2018
The character Carson during filming for Downton Abbey in Church View, Bampton
11156_0clairesharpuk1531322757 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire Image by: Claire
Uploaded: 11 Jul 2018
The fictional Dog and Duck pub is created in Church View, Bampton for filming of Downton Abbey
11156_0Richard1531377070 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 12 Jul 2018
Beautiful houses near the centre of Bampton
11156_1Richard1531377070 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 12 Jul 2018
St Mary’s Church
11156_2Richard1531377070 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 12 Jul 2018
Churchgate House is used for the exterior shots of Isobel Crawley’s house.
11156_3Richard1531377070 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 12 Jul 2018
St Mary’s Church, which is renamed as St Michael and All Angels during filming, has hosted a number of dramatic Downton Abbey events including weddings, funerals, christenings and even a jilting at the altar
11156_4Richard1531377070 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 12 Jul 2018
Bampton library and archives, but during filming it doubles as the entrance for Downton Hospital
11156_0Richard1531377186 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 12 Jul 2018
Field Scabious
11156_1Richard1531377186 Bampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, Oxfordshire Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 12 Jul 2018
Many of the fields have wonderful wildflowers to enjoy in the spring and summer months.

Share

 

Walks Nearby

Recently Added Walks.

Camelford and Fenteroon Bridge, CornwallCornish Coast: Lelant Saltings to St Ives, CornwallBotallack Coast and Levant Mine, CornwallPorthtowan and Great Wheal Charlotte, CornwallPort Isaac: Discovering Portwenn, CornwallBampton Drama and Tranquillity Trail, OxfordshireStoke Park Woods and Upper Barn Copse, HampshireBourton-on-the-Water Cotswold Ramble, GloucestershirePopes, Peacocks and Panoramas, Berkshire

There are currently 1240 shared walks online. Add yours today!

What our customers say

We've an App too

Did you know that we have an iFootopath App? - includes all walks with directions and a live map...

No need to print and no more wrong turns....

Get the iFootpath App

appstore  en badge web generic

Click top right X to close.