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|Millennium Way: Claydon and Upper Boddington|
|Author: Millennium Way, Published: 21 Jul 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A 7 mile circular walk from the village of Claydon, Oxfordshire’s most northerly village and close to the border with Northamptonshire. This gentle walk takes in the picturesque village and meanders across the farmland and countryside, crossing the Oxford Canal at two points and touching the delightful villages of Upper and Lower Boddington. The walk incorporates a section of the Millennium Way, where you will be guided by the distinctive black waymarkers.
The walk has several gentle gradients throughout. You will need to negotiate several gates, footbridges (including single plank bridges) plus 13 stiles (some of which are in double-formation and most of which dogs will need a lift over). Some of the stiles and handrails are in disrepair and can be a bit wobbly. Some of the crop field paths can be obscured by crops at certain times of year, meaning you might need to take detours around the field edges. There are a couple of stretches of road walking. You will be sharing some of the fields with livestock, including cattle. Allow 3.5 hours.
The Millennium Way is a beautiful 100 mile walk in the heart of England, from Pershore in Worcestershire to Middleton Cheney in Northamptonshire. The route was created by the 41 Club as a community project, with something to offer every walker or rambler across Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. This is one of 44 circular walks, each of which incorporates a section of the Millennium Way and is published in partnership with 41 Club.
Claydon is the most northerly village in Oxfordshire, situated about 6 miles north of Banbury. The walk starts outside the village church, St James the Great. Roadside parking is available. Approximate post code OX17 1EZ.
|Start to Lower Boddington|
Start point: 52.1469 lat, -1.333 long
We begin our walk from St James the Great church in the picturesque village of Claydon. Three members of the famous clockmaking Knibb family were born in the village between 1625 and 1650. A blue plaque on the church commemorates them. With your back to the church (at the East Gate) go left down the road, through the village, then take a footpath right signed Lower Boddington (opposite the junction with Fenny Compton Road). Walk between fences then take the stile into a field. Go ahead for a few yards and take care not to miss a fence stile on the right. Take this fence stile into a field and go left, keeping the hedge on your left, to stay along the field edge.
|Lower Boddington to Banbury Road|
Start point: 52.1653 lat, -1.2993 long
Go ahead over the crossroads and, passing the Carpenter's Arms on your right, walk along Hill Road through Lower Boddington. At the outskirts of the village, the road swings left. At this point take the bridleway right to Cleveland Farm. Follow the track uphill and at the top, opposite the first large barn, take a metal gate left into a field. Go right (with the hedge on your right) to the field end and exit via a gate to reach the road. Go left on the tree-lined road and after about half a mile you will come to a crossroads.
|Banbury Road to Minor Road|
Start point: 52.1645 lat, -1.2969 long
Cross the road and go ahead on a cinder track past Cleve House, then after a short distance, turn right over a stile (immediately after the entrance to Paradise Farm). Turn diagonally left to the corner of a small paddock and take the stile. Go with the fence on your right to the field corner and take the gate left. Cross the bridge and go immediately left, through the next large gate into a field. Turn right to continue up field, with the hedge and fence on your right, to take gap by a dilapidated stile. Stay ahead along the wide field edge (with the hedge on your right), eventually to join a farm track which bears left with the fence.
|Minor Road to End|
Start point: 52.1482 lat, -1.3023 long
Continue to the road junction then go left (signed Claydon) and, where the road turns sharp right, go left through a wide gap then along a bridleway. Go ahead across the field to take a gap and continue with the hedge on your right. Go through a gated gap and cross the field past two well-separated oak trees to reach a mid-hedge gap. (If this field is heavily cropped with an indistinct path, just go left around the field edge to reach the gap on the far side.)
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author 41club and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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