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Swyncombe Snowdrops

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Swyncombe Snowdrops
Author: Claire, Published: 07 Feb 2019 Walk Rating:star0 Swyncombe Snowdrops - Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar0 Swyncombe Snowdrops - Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar0 Swyncombe Snowdrops - Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar0 Swyncombe Snowdrops - Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar0 Swyncombe Snowdrops - Oxfordshire Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Chilterns
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Swyncombe Snowdrops
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Swyncombe Snowdrops - Oxfordshire Walking Guide boot Swyncombe Snowdrops - Oxfordshire Walking Guide
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A 3 mile circular walk from the tiny hamlet of Swyncombe in Oxfordshire. The walk begins at the pretty 11th century church of St Botolph’s, a beautiful flint church which is famed for the churchyard’s carpet of snowdrops every February. If you do visit in February, arrive early to make sure you can park and check out the church website for details of special snowdrop teas and events. The walking route climbs up through woodland along the Ridgeway long-distance path to reach Ewelme Park, once a hunting lodge for King Henry VIII. The trail follows a beautiful stretch of the park’s driveway before re-entering Swyncombe Park, enjoying woodland, sheep pastures and fine views of the mansion and rectory.

The walk follows a mixture of stone tracks, field paths, woodland paths and quiet access drives, with some stretches that can be muddy in the winter and after periods of rain. The route is relatively flat for large sections, but there is one steep climb. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, but there are no stiles on the route. You will be sharing the parkland pastures with sheep, so dogs will need to be on leads. Allow 1.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes directly outside St Botolph’s Church in Swyncombe. There is parking for about 12 cars along the access lane, on the opposite side from the church. From nearby Nettlebed, head north on the B481, heading through Park Corner to Cookley Green. Turn left (following signs to Swyncombe Church) onto the small lane and then left again onto the access road for the church. Approximate post code RG9 6EA.

Walk Sections

Start to Ridgeway Footpath
Start to Ridgeway Footpath

Start point: 51.6066 lat, -1.0159 long
End point: 51.6038 lat, -1.0211 long

The walk starts outside St Botolph’s Church and you might want to explore the churchyard or church before your walk. Every February, the churchyard is transformed into a carpet of snowdrops, attracting visitors from miles around. The church itself originally dates from soon after the Norman invasion of 1066 (probably built by Saxon workers under the command of the Normans), but it was restored heavily in 1850. During this restoration medieval wall paintings were discovered and restored.

Standing in the parking area, facing the church, turn right along the access lane, passing through a double gateway to reach a crossroads in the track. Take the central track, signed as the Ridgeway and a bridleway, passing a small section of cemetery on your right. Follow the track leading you gently downhill, with the fenced grounds of Swyncombe House on your left and parkland pastures on your right. As the tall fence on your left ends, keep ahead on the track (passing through another gateway) and continue for about 180 metres to reach a fingerpost on your right (marking the Ridgeway Footpath to your left).

Ridgeway Footpath to Ewelme Park Farm
Ridgeway Footpath to Ewelme Park Farm

Start point: 51.6038 lat, -1.0211 long
End point: 51.5985 lat, -1.0286 long

Turn left here to follow the Ridgeway Footpath, passing through a kissing gate to enter a sheep pasture. Walk straight ahead, following the left-hand field boundary uphill and exit the field via another kissing gate. Continue ahead, going quite steeply uphill on the woodland path. At the top of the woodland, you will emerge to the corner of a crop field.

Go ahead along the left-hand boundary and you will reach another fingerpost. Ignore the left-hand path and bear right to stay with the field boundary. At the end of the field, go ahead on the grass track which soon bears right and continues between hedgerows. This track leads you to the buildings of Ewelme Park Farm, with a fingerpost on your right.

Ewelme Park Farm to Swyncombe Lodge
Ewelme Park Farm to Swyncombe Lodge

Start point: 51.5985 lat, -1.0286 long
End point: 51.5981 lat, -1.0088 long

Turn left at this fingerpost (signed as the Ridgeway Footpath). After passing between the barns, you will come to a fingerpost (just behind a stone wall), marking a crossroads of tracks. Pause at this junction to enjoy the views of the large house and small church just ahead of you (detour ahead a short distance if you want a better view). Ewelme Park has always been a significant site, sitting on the famous Ridgeway historic thoroughfare. A large hoard of Roman coins was discovered in the garden here and in 1536 the property became a hunting lodge for Henry VIII.

Turn left at this crossroads, to follow the tarmac track (signed as a bridleway). Keep ahead on this tarmac access drive for just over a mile, noting the lovely old trees and wide verges that line the drive. It is easy to imagine a time when Henry VIII would have arrived via carriage along this impressive approach. You will pass a row of white cottages on your left (former estate workers’ cottages) and a pretty woodland on your right to reach a set of double gates at the end of the drive.

Pass alongside the gates to reach a T-junction with a lane. Turn left along the quiet lane and stay with this as it becomes a track heading into woodland. You will reach a fingerpost on the left and a gate ahead, alongside a tile-clad lodge property, Swyncombe Lodge.

Swyncombe Lodge to Parkland
Swyncombe Lodge to Parkland

Start point: 51.5981 lat, -1.0088 long
End point: 51.6055 lat, -1.0105 long

Go straight ahead, passing through the small pedestrian gate and passing Swyncombe Lodge on your right. Follow the track ahead, leading you through the heart of Haycroft Wood. This would once have been the main driveway for Swyncombe House. After about 500 metres, where the driveway begins to swing sharp left, look out for a hedge gap with a (half-hidden!) waymarker post on your right.

Fork right to pass through this hedge gap and follow the unmade footpath which leads you through a section of woodland and crosses a grass firebreak. Glance to your left here for superb views across the valley. After this firebreak, continue for a few paces to reach a waymarker post and a choice of two paths. Ignore the right-hand option (the vehicle track), instead go ahead onto the left-hand option. Follow this woodland path leading steadily downhill. Just before the bottom of the woodland, turn left at a path T-junction to reach a kissing gate.

Parkland to End
Parkland to End

Start point: 51.6055 lat, -1.0105 long
End point: 51.6067 lat, -1.016 long

Go through the gate to enter the sheep pasture and walk straight ahead, gently downhill through the centre of the parkland pasture. You will have fine views of Swyncombe Rectory to your right and Swyncombe House in the valley bottom to your left. The name Swyncombe, translates as valley of wild boars, although today the valley is only home to sheep. According to the Domesday Book of 1086, the manor of Swyncombe was owned by Gilbert Crispin, a monk and Abbot of Westminster. An early manor house was built in the 1500s and this was replaced by the current Jacobethan manor in 1840. The rectory was built in 1803 in a neoclassical style.

At the bottom of the slope, pass through a kissing gate and follow the enclosed footpath to reach a junction with an access drive. Cross over and go ahead on the continuation of the footpath, then turn right through the gate to enter the churchyard. Follow the gravel path leading you around the left-hand edge of the church and emerging directly into the parking area where the walk began.

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