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Leafield and Field Assart

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Leafield and Field Assart
Author: witneyman, Published: 03 Dec 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Leafield and Field Assart, Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar1 Leafield and Field Assart, Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar1 Leafield and Field Assart, Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar1 Leafield and Field Assart, Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar0 Leafield and Field Assart, Oxfordshire Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Leafield
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Leafield and Field Assart
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Leafield and Field Assart, Oxfordshire Walking Guide
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This is an easy 4 mile circular walk taking in the Oxfordshire villages of Leafield and Field Assart. The walk is flat but there are several stiles and one kissing gate to negotiate. The walk is along byways, footpaths and quiet country roads. You may come across horses in one field towards the end of the walk, but it is possible to detour around the right-hand perimeter if you would rather avoid them. The church in Leafield, St Michael and All Angels, designed in 1859 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, was consecrated in 1860, but the spire, which is such a distinctive feature on the horizon for many miles around, was not completed until 1874.

The walk starts and ends at the The Greens in Leafield, post code OX29 9NP. Street parking is available.

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Walk Sections

Start to Greenwich Lane
Start to Greenwich Lane

Start point: 51.8349 lat, -1.5437 long
End point: 51.8314 lat, -1.5373 long

From The Greens, follow the road towards Finstock, eastwards past the primary school. Just before reaching the church turn right down Witney Lane. Just before reaching a road junction, turn left onto a footpath signposted Greenwich Lane.

Greenwich Lane to Bridleway
Greenwich Lane to Bridleway

Start point: 51.8314 lat, -1.5373 long
End point: 51.8339 lat, -1.5267 long

Go through a gate and follow the path at the edge of a field to a gap in the wall. Continue along a raised path dividing a large field to emerge onto Churchill Lane. Turn right onto the signposted bridleway.

Bridleway to Akeman Street
Bridleway to Akeman Street

Start point: 51.8339 lat, -1.5267 long
End point: 51.82 lat, -1.5258 long

Follow the attractive bridleway for 1 mile, until you reach a road junction with Akeman Street on your left. Turn right along the road.

Akeman Street to Field Assarts
Akeman Street  to Field Assarts

Start point: 51.82 lat, -1.5258 long
End point: 51.8226 lat, -1.5431 long

Follow the quiet country road westward to reach the village of Field Assarts (an assart is an area of forest land that has been cleared for agriculture). Continue through the village until you reach a lane on your right signposted Leafield 1 mile.

Field Assarts to End
Field Assarts to End

Start point: 51.8226 lat, -1.5431 long
End point: 51.835 lat, -1.5437 long

Turn right onto this lane and, where it bears right, fork left to follow the footpath sign. The path continues northwards along the edge of a field, with a hedge on the right, to reach Purrants Lane. Turn right along the lane and, in about 30 yards, take the signposted path to your left. Pass through a kissing gate and then over a stile and continue with a hedge on your left and a field on the right.

Cross 2 stiles and then bear left across a second field. Cross another stile at a gap in the hedge and bear right across a third field. Cross another waymarked stile, with a fine view of Leafield Church spire in the distance, and bear right following the path alongside a hedgerow on your right. At the end of this fourth field, turn right over a stile and follow a broad track back into Leafield. Turn left along Witney Lane and then turn left again at the church to return to the starting point.

(Note that instead of turning right at the end of the fourth field, you can turn left along the path at the top of the field and then turn right where the hedge ends, to follow an alternative path back to The Greens.)

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2 comments for "Leafield and Field Assart"

Unfortunately the Fox Inn in Leafield has closed down.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Many thanks for letting us know. We have removed the suggestion in the introduction that refreshments are available from the village pub.

By witneyman on 01 Nov 2017

We really enjoyed this walk today. lovely countryside and really easy to follow. Had to make a diversion around the right hand perimeter of the last but one field of the walk as it was full of around 20 wild horses that definitely didn't want us anywhere near their field! No big problem we just joined up with the walk on the other side of the field. We will definitely do this walk again.

ADMIN RESPONSE:Thank you for letting us know about the horses, we have added a note within the walk intro, including your advice about being able to take the diversion.

By Mozz on 15 Sep 2017

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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