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Adderbury and Bloxham Grove

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Adderbury and Bloxham Grove
Author: Claire, Published: 28 Sep 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Adderbury and Bloxham Grove, Oxfordshirestar0 Adderbury and Bloxham Grove, Oxfordshirestar0 Adderbury and Bloxham Grove, Oxfordshirestar0 Adderbury and Bloxham Grove, Oxfordshirestar0 Adderbury and Bloxham Grove, Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire, Banbury
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Adderbury and Bloxham Grove
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Adderbury and Bloxham Grove, Oxfordshire boot Adderbury and Bloxham Grove, Oxfordshire
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A circular walk of just over 3 miles, from the Oxfordshire village of Adderbury, just south of Banbury. The walking route takes you through the pretty village, with its thatched cottages, magnificent church and old manor house, before striking out into the rolling fields. The route takes you past an old weather-boarded windmill and the buildings of Sor Brook Mill, and has lovely views throughout.

The walk has several steady gradients but there is nothing too steep. It follows a mixture of roadside pavements, grass tracks and footpaths across grass fields and crop fields. Some sections can become muddy after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, a footbridge and one stile (this is quite tall – humans will need to stretch – but it has a dog-gate alongside). Most of the fields are arable, but you will cross one field likely to be holding sheep. Allow 1.5 hours.

Adderbury is located about 3 miles south of Banbury in Oxfordshire. The walk starts and finishes outside the small Methodist Church, on the junction between Chapel Lane and the High Street. If you are coming by public transport, the village is served by buses running between Banbury and Oxford. If you are coming by car, there is roadside parking throughout the village. Approximate post code OX17 3LU.

Walk Sections

Start to Fenced Footpath
Start to Fenced Footpath

Start point: 52.0166 lat, -1.3131 long
End point: 52.0158 lat, -1.3261 long

The walk starts on the High Street, in front of the Methodist Church (by the junction with Chapel Lane). Standing on the High Street with your back to the Methodist Church, turn right along the High Street pavement, with the church spire of St Mary’s Church visible ahead. St Mary’s is one of the largest parish churches in Oxfordshire and is nicknamed the cathedral.

Pass the village stores on your left and stay with the main road as it bears right (passing an old Tithe Barn on your left). Adderbury village is noted for its beautiful houses, some of which are thatched, mostly built of honey-coloured Hornton stone, a local ironstone. The village expanded throughout the 1600s, driven by the wool trade and weaving. Later, the village supported a small-scale surface-mining industry extracting iron ore.

The road leads you gently downhill and crosses a small stream, known as Sor Brook. Keep ahead on the roadside pavement, climbing steadily through the village to reach the impressive pineapple-topped entrance gates for a manor house on your right. This 10-bedroom manor house, Cross Hill House, dates from circa 1750 and is set in 6 acres of landscaped courtyards, formal and informal gardens.

Soon after the manor gates, where the main road bends left, go straight ahead into the smaller side road, Manor Road. On the right you will see Le Hall Place, marked with a blue plaque for Janet Blunt. Janet Blunt was instrumental in collecting Folk and Morris songs and dances that had been performed in Adderbury throughout the 19th and early 20th century. The village has a long tradition of Morris Dancing. It ceased after the death of four of the team in WWI. Thanks to a combination of the memory of Charlie Coleman (the last surviving member of the pre-war team) and the tunes and songs recorded by Janet Blunt, the tradition was revived in the 1970s.

Continue to the end of Manor Road where you will see the arched entrance for Ridgeway Lodge ahead. Turn right immediately before this, passing through a bridle gate to join the footpath signed to Bloxham Grove. Pass through a second gate to join a stretch of fenced footpath.

Fenced Footpath to Bloxham Grove
Fenced Footpath to Bloxham Grove

Start point: 52.0158 lat, -1.3261 long
End point: 52.027 lat, -1.3338 long

Follow the grass path leading you steadily downhill between fenced fields. Cross the stream footbridge, turn right and pass through the kissing gate to enter a sheep pasture. Walk straight ahead and exit via the stile (with dog gate) at the far side. You will emerge to the edge of a crop field.

Go straight ahead to cross this field. At the far side, go ahead through the tree line to reach a second crop field. Cross this diagonally left (between 10 and 11 o’clock). At the far side, pass through the metal kissing gate and continue in the same direction across a third crop field. In the far field corner, you will reach a staggered junction with a grass track.

Turn right to join this grass track, lined with a mixture of beautiful broadleaf trees. The grass track climbs gently and, as you reach the brow of the rise, look diagonally left across the field to see the white weather-boarded windmill. You will notice the windmill is perfectly formed but is miniature in stature – in fact it is one-third size of a standard mill. It was designed and built in 1865 by Henry Warriner (a marine and railway engineer), as a memorial to all windmills given that, in an age of steam power, they had had their day. It was of course a hobby and, whilst fully operational, not big enough for commercial work.

At the end of the tree-lined track you will emerge to a T-junction with the buildings of Bloxham Grove ahead.

Bloxham Grove to Sor Brook
Bloxham Grove to Sor Brook

Start point: 52.027 lat, -1.3338 long
End point: 52.0286 lat, -1.3268 long

Turn right to follow the gravel track (a public bridleway), with a crop field on your right. Where the gravel track bends left to a field gate, ignore this and go straight ahead on the bridleway leading you between bountiful hedgerows. Follow the enclosed path as it swings left and heads gently downhill, passing a horse paddock on your left.

Ignore a stile on your right and follow the bridleway leading you through a tree belt, emerging alongside some residential buildings. This is the site of the former Sor Brook Mill. Bear left to follow the track leading you between the converted mill buildings and then crossing Sor Brook via a wide concrete slab bridge. Sor Brook has its source at Edge Hill in Warwickshire and is a tributary of the River Cherwell.

Sor Brook to Scrub Fork
Sor Brook to Scrub Fork

Start point: 52.0286 lat, -1.3268 long
End point: 52.0207 lat, -1.3161 long

Immediately after the bridge, do NOT continue on the vehicle track, instead fork diagonally right to join a path across the grass. This footpath passes the right-hand end of a tree line (which conceals a small reservoir) and maintains its direction diagonally across the grass field. At the far side, pass through the hedge gap and look for a bridle gate on your right.

NOTE: This gate marks the official right of way, however it can get overgrown. If the path looks overgrown, you can turn right a few paces later instead, to follow a permissive path along the edge of the field (with the hedgerow and bridleway running on your right).

On the permissive path, walk to the end of the first field, go ahead through the hedge gap (just a few paces to the left) and continue along the right-hand edge of a second field. If you are following the enclosed bridleway, it will emerge to this field and you should bear right to follow the bottom boundary. With both paths having merged, continue to the field corner and go ahead through the hedge gap (with a wooden handrail).

You will emerge into a large crop field. Go straight ahead on the path leading you steadily uphill to reach a hedge corner. Continue ahead, now with this hedgerow running on your left. At the end of the field, take the metal kissing gate ahead and follow the grass track (with the spire of St Mary’s Church visible ahead) which leads you steadily downhill through the centre of the meadow.

In the bottom corner, go through the kissing gate and turn immediately right to follow the path running along the edge of the crop field, with the hedge on your right. Part way along, the path bears right to leave the field boundary and enter an area of scrub. You will reach a waymarker post, marking a choice of two paths.

Scrub Fork to End
Scrub Fork to End

Start point: 52.0207 lat, -1.3161 long
End point: 52.0167 lat, -1.3131 long

Go straight ahead (the left-hand of the two options) and this narrow path leads you through the scrub, bearing steadily left. The path leads you to the back of a new housing complex where it bends right to continue with a caged-stone retaining wall on your left.

This footpath leads you past an old gate and emerges alongside a house. Go ahead on the stone track and then continue ahead on the residential lane, Croft Lane. You will emerge to a junction with the High Street in the village. Turn right along this to reach the Methodist Church 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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7 gallery images for "Adderbury and Bloxham Grove"

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The Methodist Church at the start of the walk
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The Tithe Barn
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A beautiful front garden in the village
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Look out for the pineapples
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When we walked in September 2018 the hedgerows were full of berries and rose hips
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We found a small spring with the remains of an old stone trough
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The village is full of wonderful buildings....

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