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Millennium Way: Claydon and Upper Boddington

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Millennium Way: Claydon and Upper Boddington
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 21 Jul 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Millennium Way: Claydon and Upper Boddington Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Claydon and Upper Boddington Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Claydon and Upper Boddington Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Claydon and Upper Boddington Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Claydon and Upper Boddington Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Banbury
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Claydon and Upper Boddington
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Claydon and Upper Boddington Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Claydon and Upper Boddington Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Lower Boddington
Start to Lower Boddington

Start point: 52.1469 lat, -1.333 long
End point: 52.1653 lat, -1.2993 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.

Go over the double stile and keep ahead along the left-hand field edge to take a further stile into the next field. Keep ahead (with the hedge on your left) to the field corner, then cross the canal bridge and keep ahead through two fields, to eventually take a footbridge over a small stream into the next field.

Go ahead over the dismantled railway line, take the stile into the next field and go diagonally right across the field to take the double stile and footbridge (just to the left of farm buildings, by a large lone oak tree). Stay ahead under power lines, with a hedge and farm buildings on your right. After approx 200 yards, take a gate on your right, crossing the scrub to take a further stile into the next field. Go left along the field edge to take a small plank bridge and double stile (in poor condition) in the top left corner. (Take care, the wooden handrail is very insecure). Go diagonally right across the centre of the field (or around the right-hand perimeter if heavily cropped) towards the far right corner. Go through the corner gap and turn left onto the lane. Stay along the lane to enter Lower Boddington and arrive at the crossroads with the Carpenters Arms ahead of you.

Lower Boddington to Banbury Road
Lower Boddington to Banbury Road

Start point: 52.1653 lat, -1.2993 long
End point: 52.1645 lat, -1.2969 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.

Turn left on the road towards Upper Boddington. Pass the Plough Inn on your left and, after some 70 paces, take the short road left to find a T-junction. (At this point you join The Millennium Way and will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarker). At this T-junction, go left on Church Road to pass a post box on your left and a school on your right, and leave Upper Boddington (a slight detour to your left to visit St. John the Baptist Church is worthwhile). Enjoy panoramic views right, and after about half a mile, the road swings right as you enter Lower Boddington. Go past the bridleway on your left (which you took on the outward leg), then opposite the first house on the right (Sears Farmhouse) take the bridleway left. At the junction of drives, go ahead on the lane to reach the road.

Banbury Road to Minor Road
Banbury Road to Minor Road

Start point: 52.1645 lat, -1.2969 long
End point: 52.1482 lat, -1.3023 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.

Continue with the fence on your right, until start of a hedge on your right. Go ahead some 60 paces with this hedge on your right, then go diagonally left across the field, along an ill-defined path (take care here as path is easy to miss) to take a waymarked mid-hedge gap. (You may need to circumvent crops in this field as the farmer does not always make the footpath obvious and indeed the crops may obscure the waymarked gap in the hedge). Go through this hedge gap into a coppice to take a waymarked gap, then go diagonally left directly across the field to reach the hedge. Go right at the hedge to reach the far corner of the field. Take the corner gap to the road and then turn right.

Minor Road to End
Minor Road to End

Start point: 52.1482 lat, -1.3023 long
End point: 52.147 lat, -1.3331 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.)

Take the gap and cross the field towards the next mid-hedge gap. (Here we leave The Millennium Way). Do NOT take this gap, instead go right along the field edge, keeping the hedge on your left. Go through the corner gaps of the next two fields (always keeping the hedge on your left) and keep a sharp look out for a concealed waymarked footbridge on your left just before the corner of the field. Take this footbridge into a field, continuing diagonally right to reach the far corner stile and metal gate by a canal bridge.

Go over the stile to the road then over the canal bridge, continuing gently up the road to reach a junction. Turn right at the junction which will bring you back into the peaceful village of Claydon and your starting point near the church.

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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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