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|Author: , Published: 22 Jun 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A lovely circular walk starting and finishing alongside the River Cherwell in Thrupp, Oxfordshire. Following the river through the woods, the walk takes you over White Bridge and onto Hampton Poyle Church. From there across fields and crops to Hampton Gay Church. Stroll down to the river, under the railway and back to Old Iron Bridge. From here its a short walk to the canal bridge at Shipton. The towpath will take you back to Thrupp where the walk began. |
The walk takes you over many stiles, many of which have tight fence surrounds so all but the smallest of dogs may need a lift over. The route is all off road. If walking after wet weather, you might want to wear wellies as the path through the woods may be wet and muddy. You will be sharing most of the fields with livestock (sheep, cattle and horses) so take particular care with dogs. If you are looking for refreshments, Thrupp has a pub and tea room. Allow 1.5 hours.
From Oxford, head north a few miles to Kidlington. Take the main road through Kidlington (A4260) and out heading north. Approximately a mile north of Kidlington, turn right signposted Thrupp. Take the road all the way to its end, taking you over a small canal drawbridge. There is a car park here (behind Annie's Tea Room), and also parking alongside. Approximate postcode OX5 1JZ. There is also a pub in Thrupp called The Boat, just a short 5 minute walk from the tea room.
|Start to Woods and River Walk|
Start point: 51.8399 lat, -1.3005 long
Starting at Annie's Tea Room, walk away from the canal, passing to the right of the two thatched cottages, under the railway bridge and through the gate to the woods.
|Woods and River Walk to Open Field|
Start point: 51.8393 lat, -1.2989 long
Enter the woods and keep to the left hand path which follows the river. Follow the paths through the woods and along the river until you reach an open field.
|Open Field to White Bridge|
Start point: 51.835 lat, -1.2845 long
Leave the woods and enter an open field. Keep to the path on the left of the field following the hedge all the way to White Bridge. From this field you will see St Mary's Church Kidlington in the distance to the right.
|White Bridge to Hampton Poyle Church|
Start point: 51.8338 lat, -1.2772 long
Cross White Bridge then keep to the hedge on the left-hand side to reach a gate on your left. Go through the gate and over the planks to the enter the second field. Head across this second field aiming slightly to the left of the house. Cross the stile and go straight across the third field and over the stile to reach the road with Hampton Poyle Church. Cross the road and cross the stile into the next field.
|Hampton Poyle Church to Centre Field Stile|
Start point: 51.8361 lat, -1.2776 long
(NOTE 2017: The next few fields now have additional fencing to create individual horse paddocks, so make sure you refer to the GPS map to help with navigation, alongside the written directions).
|Centre Field Stile to Corner Field Stile|
Start point: 51.8374 lat, -1.2815 long
Cross this stile, head to the top right-hand corner of the field (in exactly the same direction that you just crossed the last field). Cross the stile and planks which will take you into the next field.
|Corner Field Stile to Tree Stile|
Start point: 51.8381 lat, -1.2851 long
Walk diagonally across this field and cross the stile and planks at the far side to reach the first crop field. Walk through the path in the crops to the stile on the other side of the field. Cross the stile into the second field of crop and follow the path through the crops, taking you to a stile next to an old tree.
|Tree Stile to Hampton Gay Church|
Start point: 51.8411 lat, -1.2923 long
From this stile follow the left-hand side of the field, aiming for the waypost in the field next to the small pond (note this pond may dry out after prolonged dry spells). From the small pond, walk straight ahead across the remainder of the field aiming for the right of Hampton Gay Church. As a pointer, there is a small wooden board you can see clearly, which stands next to the stile.
|Hampton Gay Church to Old Iron Bridge|
Start point: 51.8446 lat, -1.2971 long
From this stile head across the field aiming for the telegraph pole, and on down to the river. Cross left under the railway bridge on the river walkway around to the stile. Go over this stile and directly across the field on the path to the Old Iron Bridge.
|Old Iron Bridge to Shipton Canal Bridge|
Start point: 51.8448 lat, -1.3015 long
Cross Old Iron Bridge and follow the field path to the canal bridge at Shipton, with the church in the background.
|Shipton Canal Bridge to End|
Start point: 51.8454 lat, -1.3037 long
Just before the bridge, take the path on the left down onto the towpath. Turn left and follow the towpath back to Thrupp where the walk began.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author Mozz and may not be reproduced without permission.
Do not do this walk with a dog. There are a succession of stiles that only the smallest of dogs will get through unaided.
|By gavinsummers on 25 Mar 2017|
Annies Tea Rooms is at the start / finish lovely cakes and sandwiches. just as you turn off the canal side there is an interesting church on the opposite side of the canal and just past is is Richard Branson's old recording studio, The Manor, where tubular bells was recorded. At Hampton Gay is the ruined Manor house, worth a walk round if it isn't fenced off. This is also near to the site of a rail tragedy in 1874 at Christmas Eve, where 34 people lost their lives. Just after this there are a few fields of livestock stock, so keep your dogs on a lead, especially in lambing, and beware of the cows on the path when they have calves.
|By steveinoxfor on 14 Apr 2017|
Between marker 4-6 there are lots of new wooden fences dividing the field up for horses which makes it harder to work out where you're going - make sure to refer to the map not just the instructions for this section. Otherwise, lovely and easy to follow.
|By aroxyadventu on 15 Apr 2017|
Lovely walk,really enjoyed it! Easy to follow instructions until marker 8 when instructed to walk across the field from the pond. Could not find pond in this field though all other markers were correct (pond dried up or filled in?) so had a bit of trouble deciding on which direction to take. Eventually found direction of next marker - the church - after navigating the field. All good after this little hiccup and completed the rest of the walk with no issues.
|By Mollymarmite on 25 May 2017|
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