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Badbury Hill and D’Arcy Dalton Way

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Badbury Hill and D’Arcy Dalton Way
Author: Claire, Published: 04 Nov 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Badbury Hill and D’Arcy Dalton Waystar0 Badbury Hill and D’Arcy Dalton Waystar0 Badbury Hill and D’Arcy Dalton Waystar0 Badbury Hill and D’Arcy Dalton Waystar0 Badbury Hill and D’Arcy Dalton Way
Oxfordshire, Faringdon
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Badbury Hill and D’Arcy Dalton Way
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Badbury Hill and D’Arcy Dalton Way boot Badbury Hill and D’Arcy Dalton Way
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A 4 mile circular walk from Badbury Hill near Great Coxwell in Oxfordshire. The walking route explores Badbury Hill, the site of an Iron Age hill fort and today a magnificent plateau of beech trees and bluebells, before heading out through woodland and rolling fields on peaceful paths with glorious views. You will be able to enjoy plenty of wildlife with a good chance of seeing red kites, buzzards, hares and fallow deer.

The walk has several steady climbs and descents, with a total climb of around 100 metres. It follows woodland paths and unmade farm tracks, with some stretches that can get muddy (good boots are a must, or wellies with grips in the winter). There are many intersecting paths in the woodland, so remember to use the iFootpath App’s live GPS map to help with navigation. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates. The one stile on route has a large fence gap for dogs and the gate alongside is often unlocked to allow you to bypass it. Most of the farmland is arable, but you will cross one horse paddock plus one pasture that sometimes holds cattle (as you cross this field you are within an avenue of trees, so you are usually somewhat hidden from the cattle). Allow 2 hours.

The walk starts and finishes from the free National Trust car park for Badbury Hill. This car park is located on Highworth Road (B4019), about a mile north-west of the village of Great Coxwell and about 2 miles west of Faringdon. Nearest post code SN7 7NJ.

Walk Sections

Start to Woodland Edge
Start to Woodland Edge

Start point: 51.6492 lat, -1.6229 long
End point: 51.6548 lat, -1.6313 long

Walk to the far end of the car park and exit through the fence gap (on your right). You will see a donation cairn on your right and the circular plateau of beech trees of Badbury Clump straight ahead. We will explore this plateau at the end of our walk, so for now turn left along the track (with the slopes of the clump on your right).

The path swings steadily right, passing the fenced garden of a hidden cottage on your right. Continue ahead on the woodland path which soon leads you steadily downhill, eventually reaching a crossroads with a vehicle track. Go straight ahead, continuing downhill to reach a staggered barrier at the woodland edge.

Woodland Edge to Brimstone Farm
Woodland Edge to Brimstone Farm

Start point: 51.6548 lat, -1.6313 long
End point: 51.6561 lat, -1.638 long

Go through the staggered barrier and walk straight ahead on the field-edge grass path (with a hedgerow on your right and a crop field on your left). At the far end of the field, turn left for about 15 metres and then turn right to cross the ditch via a wooden footbridge.

Continue straight ahead along the right-hand edge of this second crop field. At the far side, pass through the gateway ahead to enter the farmyard of Brimstone Farm. NOTE: There are CCTV cameras in the farm and your movement may trigger them to announce that you are being recorded – don’t let this make you jump (as it did me!). Turn immediately right and follow the concrete track passing through the farmyard and passing the farmhouse on your right.

Brimstone Farm to Rowleaze Cottages
Brimstone Farm to Rowleaze Cottages

Start point: 51.6561 lat, -1.638 long
End point: 51.6618 lat, -1.6341 long

Beyond the farmhouse, keep straight ahead on the concrete farm track with fenced horse paddocks on your right. You are now following a stretch of the D’Arcy Dalton Way. This 65-mile long-distance path was created in 1986 to celebrate the Oxford Fieldpath Society's diamond jubilee. It was named after Colonel d'Arcy Dalton - one of the founding members of the society. The idea behind the path was to form a link between the Oxford Canal towpath, the Oxfordshire Way, the Thames Path and the Ridgeway.

The concrete track will lead you to the next farm, Oldfield Farm. (Our next direction is to the right, but our path follows a track in a clockwise circle around the farm to do this). Follow the farm track which runs around the left-hand edge of the farm buildings (with the buildings on your right). At the end of the barns, do NOT continue on the main track ahead, instead fork right on the stone track continuing to circle around the buildings.

Stay with this stone track ahead, now leading you away from the farm, between hedgerows and fields. Further along, the track swings right to pass the terraced row of Rowleaze Cottages on your left.

Rowleaze Cottages to Coxwell Wood
Rowleaze Cottages to Coxwell Wood

Start point: 51.6618 lat, -1.6341 long
End point: 51.6553 lat, -1.6221 long

After the cottages, pass through the small wooden gate to enter the paddock ahead (this was empty when we walked but may be holding horses at times). Cross the paddock at about 1 o’clock to reach the gate in the far right-hand corner. Pass through this gate to enter a crop field and turn immediately left along the grass path (with a hedgerow on your left and crop field on your right).

This field edge path leads you past Rowleaze and Oak Woods on your left. This is an ancient oak woodland that dates back to medieval times. At the first field corner, turn right to continue along the field boundary. Ignore the footbridge on your left, instead keep ahead along the field boundary. Before you reach the end of a field, look out for a wide wooden gate on your left.

Turn left through this gate (or use the stile alongside if necessary) to enter a large grass pasture. This pasture was empty when we walked, but it may be holding cattle at times. Walk ahead on the tree-lined grass track within this large grass pasture. Follow the avenue of trees and it will lead you to a small gate on your right. Pass through this gate to enter Coxwell Wood.

Coxwell Wood to Viewpoint
Coxwell Wood to Viewpoint

Start point: 51.6553 lat, -1.6221 long
End point: 51.6512 lat, -1.6302 long

Follow the narrow woodland path leading you gently uphill. You will reach a T-junction with a woodland track. Turn right along this grass track (which can be muddy). The grass track becomes a stone path, leading you uphill through the beautiful larch trees. These beautiful conifers have feathery-frond-like needles that turn a glorious golden colour in the autumn.

The stone path then levels off and continues meandering through the woodland. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, including rabbits, deer, squirrels and butterflies. You will reach a waymarker post at a crossroads (you may recognise this junction as we crossed it from left to right earlier). Ignore these side paths, instead keep straight ahead on the main track.

Simply stay with this stone track as it meanders and climbs steadily through the woodland. At the top of the first rise, you will be rewarded with lovely far-reaching views to your right. There is a bench on your right here should you wish to pause and enjoy the views.

Viewpoint to End
Viewpoint to End

Start point: 51.6512 lat, -1.6302 long
End point: 51.6493 lat, -1.6229 long

When you have finished at this viewpoint, continue on the track which leads you through a small dip and then climbs steadily. Continue until you reach an obvious fork (pictured) and take the left-hand branch, a woodland path leading you uphill through the trees.

At the top of the slope you will see a waymarker post at a subtle crossroads (again we passed through this junction earlier and you will be able to see the fenced garden across to your right). This time go straight ahead and go up the small ridge to reach the plateau of beech trees on Badbury Clump.

Turn right and immediately left to follow the wide track through the centre of the beech plateau. An Iron Age hill fort once sat here on Badbury Hill. It is thought the site was occupied from around 600BC and was in use for at least 600 years. It housed round huts and grain storage pits. Today the clump is famous for its spectacular beech trees and bluebell displays in the late spring.

At the central crossroads, turn right and this track will lead you directly back to the car park where the walk began.

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1 Comments for: "Badbury Hill and D’Arcy Dalton Way"

This is a lovely walk and a good mix of woodland and open space.

By Richard on 10 Nov 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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