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|The Greyhound and Besselsleigh|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 28 Aug 2013||Walk Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular pub walk from the Greyhound in Besselsleigh, Oxfordshire. The Greyhound is a handsome and welcoming village pub, built from Cotswold stone some 400 years ago with a large garden to enjoy in the summer and a great selection of cask ales. The walking route takes in the surrounding classic English agricultural countryside with plenty of birdlife to enjoy. We saw red kites, woodpeckers and a kestrel on our journey. |
The route has just a few gentle slopes and you will need to negotiate several gates plus three stiles (all of which have open fence surrounds which should be suitable for most dogs). The paths cross a number of farm fields which can be very muddy in winter and after periods of rain and can be a little overgrown in the summer. Some of the fields are part of a dairy farm and could be holding grazing cattle so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Besselsleigh is situated about 5 miles south-west of Oxford, on the A420 between Oxford and Swindon. The walk starts and finishes from the Greyhound pub which is on the junction between the A420 and the side road signed to Besselsleigh Village and Eaton. There is a large car park alongside the pub. Approximate post code OX13 5PX.
|Start to Woodland Corner|
Start point: 51.7129 lat, -1.3357 long
Standing in front of the pub, facing the main A420 road, turn right and right again down the side road signed to Besselsleigh Village and Eaton, passing the Greyhound pub now on your right. The Greyhound pub takes its name from the greyhound which is pictured in the coat of arms of the Lenthall family who used to own Besselsleigh Hall.
|Woodland Corner to The Park|
Start point: 51.7182 lat, -1.3365 long
Keep ahead with the fenced woodland to the right and the stream down to the left. Follow the fenced path through the pretty section of woodland comprising coppiced hazels and other native species. Pass through the next metal gate and keep ahead on the open woodland path, still with the stream on the left.
|The Park to Henwood Farm|
Start point: 51.7318 lat, -1.3322 long
Cross over and go straight ahead along the right-hand pavement of Kenilworth Road. You’ll soon reach a T-junction, keep right along the pavement. After just a few paces bear left to cross over the dead-end side road (Abingdon Road) to keep ahead on the narrow tarmac path running as the right-hand pavement for the main road signed to Abingdon, Swindon and Bristol.
|Henwood Farm to End|
Start point: 51.7224 lat, -1.3176 long
Turn right along the stone and grass path, passing the corrugated barn on the left. Ignore the next footpath off to the left, simply keep ahead on the path with fenced pastures directly to the right. You’ll emerge to a T-junction with the road. Cross over and turn right along the pavement. Immediately before the national speed limit signs, turn left down a stone and grass track signed as a right of way.
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It's a walk, it's 4 miles. Nothing very remarkable or interesting to see apart from the pub at the end which is excellent.
|By kathyhandis on 30 Jul 2017|
Worth noting that most of section 1 of this walk is very very overgrown, sturdy footwear and long trousers needed. The path through the corn field in section 2 doesn't exist, requiring a long track through whatever tractor tracks you can find.
|By siholme69 on 01 Jul 2017|
Peter Garrett: Just downloaded the iFootPath app 4 hours ago and completed my first walk from the app from the Greyhound pub. Awesome 4 mile walk and the perfect ending too! New to the area so loving this app and website!
|By Facebook on 15 Aug 2016|
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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|Image by: Pub Walker |
Uploaded: 28 Aug 2013
Bobbie in the ploughed field - a little hot on a lovely afternoon - back to the Greyhound for dog biscuits and a drink!
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