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|Burford and the River Windrush|
|Author: Claire, Published: 06 Apr 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A circular walk of just over 6 miles from the classic Cotswold town of Burford in Oxfordshire. Take in the beautiful mellow stone buildings of the medieval town, savour the peace of rural farmland and then enjoy a lovely stretch along the banks of the River Windrush for the return leg. |
The walk is relatively flat, with just a few gentle gradients. The paths are mostly unmade and can get quite muddy after periods of rain and in the winter months. You will need to negotiate 5 stiles, some steps, several kissing gates and one cattle grid. The stiles all have adjacent dog gates or open fencing surrounds that should be suitable for most dogs. There is also some open fencing to the side of the cattle grid that dogs can slip through (although humans will have to pick their way over the grid!). There was no livestock in the fields when we crossed, but the meadows alongside the river are sometimes used for grazing so take care with dogs. There are public toilets in the car park at the start of the walk. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.
Burford is located in the Cotswold Hills within Oxfordshire, about 18 miles west of Oxford and just two miles from the Gloucestershire border. The town is accessed from the A40 road, at its junction with the A361. The walk starts and finishes at the town’s free car park on Church Lane. Follow the A361 High Street north through the town and then turn right into Church Lane (signed with a blue P for the car park). The car park can get full at peak times so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Approximate post code OX18 4RZ.
|Start to Footpath Steps|
Start point: 51.8086 lat, -1.633 long
Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance, crossing over the river bridge. At the T-junction keep right into Church Lane (signed for the Parish Church) – take care along this stretch as the pavement comes and goes. Follow the road as it swings right and directly ahead you will see St John the Baptist Church, which you can visit should you wish.
|Footpath Steps to Woodland Track|
Start point: 51.8168 lat, -1.6235 long
Follow the footpath through the kissing gate and up some gravel steps to reach the corner of a large crop field. Turn right along the field edge path. Just before the path begins to climb you will reach a waymarker post. Bear left here and follow the path across the centre of the field, walking between the crop slopes.
|Woodland Track to Dean Bottom|
Start point: 51.8226 lat, -1.6047 long
Turn right along the track and follow it through the woodland. As you emerge from the trees, keep directly ahead on the track between fields with a stone wall running on the left. The track leads you steadily downhill, passing a row of white cottages on the right and then on past the buildings of Paynes Farm.
|Dean Bottom to Mill Race House|
Start point: 51.8132 lat, -1.6068 long
Turn left over the stile and walk ahead along the grassy ride known as Dean Bottom. Follow the valley bottom winding ahead and passing through an open gateway along the way. You will come to a T-junction with a stone track. Turn right along this (passing alongside a cattle grid) and you will see the tiny St Oswald’s Church on the right. You can visit this should you wish.
|Mill Race House to Burford Boundary|
Start point: 51.8039 lat, -1.6056 long
Turn right along the road and follow the road edge, taking care of any traffic. After about 100 yards, fork right to join the signed footpath. Follow this unmade path which soon runs directly alongside the River Windrush on the right.
|Burford Boundary to End|
Start point: 51.8059 lat, -1.63 long
Follow the pavement ahead, passing a range of classic Cotswold stone cottages. Burford has a long history with some interesting connections. The town has changed little over the years, still retaining its lime tree lined High Street, and is often referred to as the gateway to the Cotswolds. The town’s name is derived from the Old English words, burh (meaning fort or hill town) and ford (meaning river crossing).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
A friend and I thoroughly enjoyed this pretty walk today using iFootpath app for the first time. Easy to follow, accurate instructions. Great views, points of interest and wildlife. Very muddy in places, near the river so make sure you're wearing suitable footwear. Great selection of eateries in Burford - we went for the Royal Oak with roaring fire and good lunchtime choices.
|By cyclelyn on 16 Nov 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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