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Millennium Way: Middleton Cheney and Chacombe

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Millennium Way: Middleton Cheney and Chacombe
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 17 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Millennium Way: Middleton Cheney and Chacombe Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Middleton Cheney and Chacombe Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Middleton Cheney and Chacombe Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Middleton Cheney and Chacombe Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Middleton Cheney and Chacombe Walking Guide
Northamptonshire, Middleton Cheney
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Middleton Cheney and Chacombe
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Middleton Cheney and Chacombe Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Middleton Cheney and Chacombe Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Middleton Cheney and Chacombe Walking Guide
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An 8 mile circular walk from the village of Middleton Cheney in Northamptonshire. This is a delightful walk with open country and gentle undulation, visiting a beautiful church and lovely country pub along the way. During the first half of the walk you enjoy a delightful section of the Millennium Way, the route being clearly marked by the distinctive black waymarkers.

The walk includes several moderate gradients and follows a mixture of lanes, tracks and field paths. You will need to negotiate several bridges, kissing gates and 19 stiles (most of which dogs will need a hand over). Many of the fields are arable, but you will be sharing some of the fields with livestock. 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.

Middleton Cheney is a village located in South Northamptonshire, about 3 miles east of Banbury and 2 miles east of junction 11 on the M40. The walk begins outside All Saints Church in Middleton Cheney and there is roadside parking nearby. Approximate post code OX17 2AL.

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Walk Sections

Start to Waters Lane
Start to Waters Lane

Start point: 52.0741 lat, -1.2743 long
End point: 52.0817 lat, -1.2634 long

The walk starts from the ancient church of All Saints dating back to 1300. It is worth exploring this delightful church, of particular interest are the ceiling paintings by William Morris (pictured). In the churchyard is the ornate memorial of W M Horton and his family, benefactors of the hospital in nearby Banbury. Also buried here are 46 roundheads of the Civil War, killed in a skirmish near Middleton Cheney in May 1642. Two hundred and seventeen rebels were also killed.

Facing the front of All Saints Church the route takes the lane to the left of the church (Church Lane). Go past Rectory Lane and continue down to reach the T-junction (opposite a house – Number 24 and named Stoneleigh). Turn right here into Glovers Lane.

At the end of the lane, the pathway crosses the main road and takes the unmade vehicle track to the right of the footpath sign, passing between the gardens of domestic properties and then along a narrow passage at the rear of houses (with tall wooden fence on your left), to find a and take a kissing gate into a large field. Go left to follow the Millennium Way waymarker with a hedge on your left, following the path around the field edge, under power lines to find a stile. Take the stile and go ahead with a hedge on your left to exit by a stile to the road, Waters Lane.

Waters Lane to B4525
Waters Lane to B4525

Start point: 52.0817 lat, -1.2634 long
End point: 52.0914 lat, -1.2337 long

Cross the road to a drive and, after 10 paces, take the stile right signposted Footpath to Thenford. Follow the field edge with a fence and stream on your left, eventually crossing stiles/footbridge. Continue ahead with a hedge on your left to cross a stile and reach a further stile in the field corner by a damaged brick wall. Take this stile then cross a stone bridge and go right (with the fence on your right) to a gateway. Take the gateway and go diagonally left across the field, under power lines aiming for the field corner by trees.

On reaching the trees, go right (following the Millennium Way waymarker on a hedge post) with a hedge on your left to reach a gap. Leaving the trees behind, you continue on the same line diagonally across the field down towards more trees to pass through a hedge gap. Cross the field corner to take a small timber bridge, over a stream and turn left (with a hedge on your left) to reach a stile. Take the stile and go diagonally right across the field to the road, aiming for the green footpath sign.

Cross the road and stream and go ahead, diagonally right climbing gently up the field and passing under mid field power lines to reach the top corner gap. Join a farm track and be sure to look back at the glorious 180 degree view with the majestic spire of All Saints Church in the middle distance. Follow the track left to pass a bungalow on your right, along a farm driveway to the road (B4525).

B4525 to Chacombe
B4525 to Chacombe

Start point: 52.0914 lat, -1.2337 long
End point: 52.0909 lat, -1.2838 long

Cross the road and take the stile into a field, continuing with a hedge on your right to exit by the far right field gap. Go directly ahead over the next field, eventually to pass under power lines at the field corner, and cross the far right corner stile which gives access to a farm drive. Go left on the drive for a few paces to reach the road. Cross the road and take the track marked as a bridleway, continuing along with a hedge on your left, under power lines, to reach a lane at the crossroads.

Here we leave the Millennium Way and turn left along the lane (signposted Upper Wardington). Continue along the lane to reach the T-junction, with glorious views ahead. Turn right, following the lane down to cross the bridge over the dismantled railway line and ahead to eventually reach the outskirts of Upper Wardington.

Pass the 30mph restriction signs at the entry to the village and then take a footpath left, signposted Chacombe, through the metal kissing gate. (Here we share the route with the Jurassic Way - which is well waymarked back to Middleton Cheney). Go diagonally across the field towards the far corner. Take the gate and go ahead (with a hedge on your right) to take the next corner stile. Continue directly ahead through several fields and over stiles, following the Jurassic Way, keeping the village of Chacombe ahead and to the left, eventually to pass through a tunnel under the dismantled railway, emerging on to a farm track.

Go straight across, following the waymarker and keeping a fence on your right. Cross a wooden bridge over a stream then a second bridge, rising slightly uphill, passing a row of houses on your left, to enter the charming village of Chacombe. When you reach the road, turn right (signposted the Jurassic Way) and continue on down to pass the George and Dragon village pub (which dates from the 1600s).

Chacombe to End
Chacombe to End

Start point: 52.0909 lat, -1.2838 long
End point: 52.0743 lat, -1.2744 long

Beyond the pub, take the first road on the left, signposted Middleton Cheney and, almost immediately, take the gravelled drive on your right past houses and through the metal kissing gate into a small copse. Just before you reach another metal kissing gate, take the footpath right through a wooded area, taking a stile to follow the Jurassic Way marker up the field to a corner stile. Take the stile and stay ahead with a wire fence on your left. On reaching the field corner take the stile into a narrow passage, exiting via a wooden kissing gate into a field. Stay ahead up the field towards the narrow pylon to reach a gate. Take the gate and proceed along an attractive woodland path.

Exit by a wide metal gate and continue up a track at the field edge, keeping a hedge on your right. About halfway down this large field edge, you will find a hidden waypost in the hedge on your right. At this point you must turn left to cross the field, heading slightly left of the spire of Middleton Cheney church, to find and enter a hedge gap at the edge of the field. Cross a track and continue across the next field, heading directly for the church. Go through a gap and cross the road to continue through the gap opposite and stay with a wire fence on your right, heading towards the church. Halfway down the field, take care not to miss a gap on the right.

Take this gap and go over a stile to then continue with the hedge on your left. The path gradually descends to a gated wooden bridge. Take the bridge to go uphill towards the church and then take a stile adjacent to a stone wall. Stay ahead through the narrow passage, then down an access track to the road. Turn left to arrive back at the Middleton Cheney church where the walk began.

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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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