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Millennium Way: Cropredy and Chipping Warden

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Millennium Way: Cropredy and Chipping Warden
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 04 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Millennium Way: Cropredy and Chipping Warden Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Cropredy and Chipping Warden Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Cropredy and Chipping Warden Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Cropredy and Chipping Warden Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Cropredy and Chipping Warden Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Banbury
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Cropredy and Chipping Warden
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Cropredy and Chipping Warden Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Cropredy and Chipping Warden Walking Guide
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An 8 mile circular walk from the village of Cropredy in north Oxfordshire, close to the border with Northamptonshire. During this circular walk you will enjoy three delightful villages, some open countryside and farmland, quiet lanes and an attractive section of the Oxford Canal. Refreshments are available in Cropredy, Wardington and Chipping Warden. For part of the walk you will follow a stretch of the Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive black and white waymarkers.

The walk includes only gentle gradients. You will need to negotiate several gates and footbridges plus 9 stiles (some of which dogs will need a lift over). There is one stretch of road walking that needs particular care. The paths are a mixture of lanes, tracks, towpath and field paths (some of the fields are arable but some are pastures that will be holding livestock, including cattle). Allow 4 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.

The village of Cropredy is located on the River Cherwell, about 4 miles north of Banbury in Oxfordshire. There is roadside parking in the village and the walk starts outside the village pub, The Red Lion, which is opposite the village church. Approximate post code OX17 1PB.

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Walk Sections

Start to A361
Start to A361

Start point: 52.1166 lat, -1.3162 long
End point: 52.1187 lat, -1.2873 long

The village of Cropredy was the scene of the Battle of Cropredy Bridge in 1644, a significant event in the English Civil War, where the Parliamentarian army lost 700 men. A re-enactment of the battle is held every four years.

The walk begins on Red Lion Street, close to the Oxford Canal. With your back to the Red Lion Inn and facing the church, go left down the lane (Red Lion Street), over the canal bridge and keep ahead on the lane to pass through a large wooden gate, keeping the stream on your right. Continue past Prescote Manor House on your left, staying on the surfaced drive for about three quarters of a mile.

When you reach a crossroads of paths, by a wood, turn right down the bridleway (with no waymark), cross a bridge over the stream and stay ahead on the wide path through the woodland. Continue along on a cinder track, following the blue bridleway sign and keeping the hedge on your left. Go through a large metal gate, staying ahead with the hedge on your left to eventually exit the field to reach the main road via a large metal gate.

A361 to Mill Lane
A361 to Mill Lane

Start point: 52.1187 lat, -1.2873 long
End point: 52.1338 lat, -1.2716 long

Turn right, taking care along this busy main road, heading into Wardington and take the first lane on the left, signed to Edgcote. Go past the Hare and Hounds Inn, heading gently downhill. Stay on the lane for approx three quarters of a mile, passing Wardington Gate Farm, and continue past a group of cottages. Continue ahead down a cul-de-sac, passing a post box set in a brick structure on your left, heading towards the church. Just past the church, you will have a fine view of Edgcote House on your right. Built in 1747, it was used as the backdrop to the 1995 Pride and Prejudice TV drama starring Colin Firth.

Go past the house and take a track on your left to pass through a green metal kissing gate. Continue down the track between beech hedges, passing through a gateway and continuing gently downhill. Cross the bridge over the River Cherwell, (keep an eye out on your right for a silver plaque mounted on a concrete plinth which marks the site where a Wellington bomber crashed in 1945) and stay on a cinder path gently uphill. Stay ahead on the track through woodland then exit through a metal gate next to a lodge (dated 1846) on the left. Here you will see an information board, which is of interest.

Mill Lane to Quiet Road
Mill Lane to Quiet Road

Start point: 52.1338 lat, -1.2716 long
End point: 52.1384 lat, -1.2989 long

Stay ahead with a cottage on your left to enter the village of Chipping Warden, passing the ancient church of St Peter and St Paul. Stay ahead with a stone wall on your right to reach the main road in Chipping Warden. (If you are requiring refreshment you can turn right here to reach The Griffin pub.) Otherwise, to continue the walk, turn left on the main road to pass the Rose and Crown pub and take the first road on the right (Appletree Road.) Here you have joined The Millennium Way and you will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarkers until you reach the towpath later in the walk.

Follow Appletree Road round a left-hand bend and, after some 300 paces where the road swings right, take a footpath on the left side of the road before the bend. Follow the footpath signs, making your way along the passageway/alleyway past buildings to take a stile into a field. Continue with a fence on your left to take a further stile into a spinney (trees).

Go through the spinney into a field and then keep ahead across centre of the large field, aiming for a house roof top to find and take a fence stile adjacent to a large oak tree. Go diagonally left to pass close to a small mid-field dew pond to find a gate in the left field corner near a large oak tree. Take the gate and continue with a fence on your right to take a mid-fence stile and then go ahead to take two further stiles in a hedge, into a field. Continue with a hedge on your right to find and take a stile to the left of a gate to reach the road.

Quiet Road to End
Quiet Road to End

Start point: 52.1384 lat, -1.2989 long
End point: 52.1167 lat, -1.3162 long

Cross the road to take the stile (or adjacent gate) opposite, a few paces to the right. Go ahead to pass some cattle sheds on your left and continue ahead keeping the field edge to your left, passing a waypost to reach a mid-hedge gated gap directly ahead. Go through the gap into the next field and go with the hedge on your right. After approx 100 yards, at the field corner by a copse, turn right through a gap, then after 20 paces turn left and go with the copse on your left downhill through a wide gap.

Turn immediately left after the gap for about 20 yards and then turn right along the cleared path and go directly ahead across the field heading for a hedge gap (approximately the centre of the far field edge) to find a bridge over a stream. Cross the stream and continue ahead to reach the left field edge, then continue with the hedge on your left. Watch for a gap with a wooden post on your left (approx three quarters of the way up the field). Here you leave The Millennium Way, so ignore this gap and stay ahead with the hedge on your left to reach a stile in the field corner. The footpath emerges to a road, alongside the Oxford Canal.

Turn immediately left to reach the Oxford canal towpath. Go left on the towpath (with the water on your right) and follow this for approx 2 miles to reach Bridge 152. The Oxford canal from Coventry reached Cropredy in 1777 and for a while the wharf at the south end of the village was its terminus. The canal finally reached Oxford in 1789. Just before Bridge 152 exit left from the towpath to go right over the bridge which brings you back to your starting point at the Red Lion Inn.

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1 comments for "Millennium Way: Cropredy and Chipping Warden"

Great walk. Shame that some farmers don't respect the footpaths as they plant their crops right across them which made it difficult to negotiate the route in places!

By Llinos on 05 Nov 2017

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