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Woodstock and Blenheim Park

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Woodstock and Blenheim Park
Author: Claire, Published: 22 Oct 2012 Walk Rating:star1 Woodstock and Blenheim Park Walking Guide star1 Woodstock and Blenheim Park Walking Guide star1 Woodstock and Blenheim Park Walking Guide star1 Woodstock and Blenheim Park Walking Guide star1 Woodstock and Blenheim Park Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Woodstock and Blenheim Park
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Woodstock and Blenheim Park Walking Guide boot Woodstock and Blenheim Park Walking Guide
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A 5 mile circular walk from the pretty Cotswold town of Woodstock. The walk takes in a stretch of Blenheim Park, the publically accessible grounds of Blenheim Palace, before returning across arable fields and water meadows. The beautiful landscaped grounds of the palace, designed by Capability Brown, provide an excellent contrast to the farmed landscape on the return leg.

The walk has just gentle slopes and there are a few gates plus one stile (with adjacent dog gate). The surfaces in the park are all well made but the field paths on the return leg can be a little muddy after periods of rain. There are sheep grazing in Blenheim Park – dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads. There are public toilets in the car park at the start. Approximate time 2 hours.

Woodstock is accessed from the A44, north west of Oxford. The walk starts from the free long stay car park in the centre of Woodstock, on Hensington Road. The car park is behind the fire station and alongside the library and police station. Approximate post code OX20 1JL.

Walk Sections

Start to Blenheim Park
Start to Blenheim Park

Start point: 51.8481 lat, -1.3525 long
End point: 51.8497 lat, -1.3598 long

Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and turn right along Hensington Road passing in front of the fire station. Keep straight ahead to reach the junction with the main A44 road. Turn right for a few paces then use the pelican crossing to cross over and turn right to join the left hand pavement.

Woodstock takes its name from the Old English term meaning ‘clearing in the woods’. The market in the town was established when Henry II granted a royal charter in 1179. In the 16th century the town was famous for its production of gloves, but today it is largely dependent on tourists.

Follow the main road as it bends to the left and then to the right, passing a row of terraced cottages called The Causeway on the left. Soon afterwards, and before you reach the Black Prince pub, bear left through the green gates marked with a number 95 – don’t worry, this is a footpath not a private property! Take the first green gate on the left which is the entrance gate to Blenheim Park. Note: dogs must be on leads within the park.

Blenheim Park to Second Cattle Grid
Blenheim Park to Second Cattle Grid

Start point: 51.8497 lat, -1.3598 long
End point: 51.8617 lat, -1.3814 long

Bear right to join the wide tarmac lane through the estate. After just a hundred yards, you’ll get your first view of Bleinheim Palace to the left over the lake.

After passing a stone cottage on the left, bear right to join another tarmac lane coming in from the left. Follow this lane winding and climbing steadily, passing the through the gate alongside the cattle grid along the way. Soon the path bends right to join a long straight tarmac avenue lined with double rows of elm trees.

At this point take time to look behind you to see the Palace and, in front of it, the Column of Victory. Blenheim Palace is the seat of the Duke of Marlborough and was designated to John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, in honour of his victories over the French and Bavarians at the Battle of Blenheim in Bavaria in 1704. The palace was built from 1705 and was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1987. It is also notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. The palace grounds were landscaped by Capability Brown from 1764. The Column of Victory obelisk is 41m high and commemorates the first duke.

Follow the long avenue for some distance, passing through the gate alongside the first cattle grid and continue only as far as the second cattle grid.

Second Cattle Grid to A44
Second Cattle Grid to A44

Start point: 51.8617 lat, -1.3814 long
End point: 51.8639 lat, -1.3692 long

Immediately before the second cattle grid, turn right to join a rough track with the fence line running on your left. Keep ahead on this track and as you see old farm outbuildings ahead, pass through the double wooden gates to join the grass path with the old farm stone wall running on your right.

A few paces after the wall ends, fork right through a wooden gate and follow the footpath passing diagonally through a small copse. Pass out through the gate at the far side and keep in the same direction across the open field.

At the far side of the field pass through the gate and turn right along the footpath through the trees. After just a few paces bear left onto a narrower footpath to reach the tall wooden gate set into the wall. Pass through this, go ahead on the narrow path to reach another gate which brings you out onto the main road – the A44.

A44 to Rosamund Drive
A44 to Rosamund Drive

Start point: 51.8639 lat, -1.3692 long
End point: 51.8539 lat, -1.3599 long

Cross the road with care to reach the wide grass verge on the opposite side. Turn right for a few paces and then keep left into the road exit signed to Wooton. Just a few yards later, fork right onto the lane signed to Bletchingdon.

Follow this lane taking care of any traffic. The lane begins to narrow and head downhill with steep sides. After a few hundred yards, look out for a footpath crossing the lane with a kissing gate to the left and a signpost and narrow steps to the right. Turn right here onto the footpath signed to Woodstock. Follow the narrow path and cross a stile into a field.

Go straight ahead climbing gradually uphill across the centre of the field. Pass under the power lines with a small collection of industrial units to the right. Continue straight ahead across the next crop field following the yellow marker arrows, with a modern house built of Cotswold stone now visible on your right.

As you reach the fenceline ahead, keep straight on through the gap onto the path between two small fields. Pass through the gap in the hedgerow ahead, and continue on the obvious wide grass path between large crop fields. At the far side, pass through the right hand edge of the children’s play area and along the walled footpath to reach the residential road ahead.

Rosamund Drive to End
Rosamund Drive to End

Start point: 51.8539 lat, -1.3599 long
End point: 51.8482 lat, -1.3531 long

Go straight ahead along Rosamund Drive and then take the first right into Vermont Drive. At the end, turn left along the pavement of the main A44 road. On the right look out for St Andrews Square where you will see the old building of St Andrews built in 1870 and now converted to a private residence.

Continue downhill, pass the Black Prince pub on the left and follow the road over the river. Immediately afterwards turn left onto a footpath down the narrow steep steps, over a boardwalk and through a gate to enter the town water meadows. (Note: if the river is in flood you may prefer to go back to the main road and follow the A44 back to the car park, as this area can be very muddy).

With the information board ahead, turn right onto the grass path running parallel with the road. Follow the path as it bends left to run parallel with a wide tributary. At the crossroads, with a footbridge to the left, keep straight ahead with the water still to your left. When you reach the next footbridge to the left, pass through the gate ahead and then follow the path as it bends right running alongside a tall fence. Keep right at the fence corner and then bear left up a long flight of shallow wooden steps.

At the top of the steps turn left along the road, and then take the second road on the right – Union Street. Opposite the dental practice at number 17, turn left on the tarmac footpath to reach the car park where the walk began.

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2 Comments for: "Woodstock and Blenheim Park"

Lovely walk. First time using this app and instructions were really well put together. Fantastic food at The Black Prince pub. Honestly the best we've had all holiday. And they welcome dogs :) Thanks

By Vickijp on 14 Dec 2016

Great instructions - really enjoyed this walk - not strenuous but takes you through some spots you'd not be likely to find otherwise.

By Mlucas on 14 Sep 2015

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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