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|Chipping Norton and Glyme Valley|
|Author: Claire, Published: 13 May 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile loop from the pretty Cotswold market town of Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. The walk heads out along the main road before turning onto an ancient lane which leads to fields and meadows past New Chalford Farm and then Glyme Farm. The views from this latter section of the walk give you a chance to really enjoy this part of the Cotswold Hills. |
The walk has only gentle climbs and descents and the paths are a mixture of pavements and field paths, the latter of which will be muddy after wet weather. There are no stiles but several kissing gates and one narrow footbridge. One of the fields was holding both horses and young bulls when we passed through so take the usual precautions with dogs. Public toilets are available in the New Street long stay car park, close to the start of the walk. Approximate time 2 hours.
The walk starts from the corner of Market Street and Church Street, right in the centre of Chipping Norton. The nearest car park is the New Street free long-stay pay and display car park, just a two minute walk away. Approximate post code for the car park OX7 5PJ. From the car park return back to the main A44, turn right and then left onto Market Street.
|Market Streets to New Chalford Farm|
Start point: 51.9429 lat, -1.5453 long
The walk starts from the corner of Market Street and Church Street, just outside the Chequers Inn. Go uphill along Goddard Lane to meet the High Street and turn left here. After just a few paces (by Chalford Blinds) cross the road and turn right up the small tarmac lane towards White House Surgery. Follow the lane as it bends right and then left.
|New Chalford Farm to Glyme Valley Nature Reserve|
Start point: 51.9439 lat, -1.5229 long
Turn right onto the entrance lane to New Chalford Farm, marked as a restricted byway for Salt Way. The pretty lane is lined with lime trees and ancient hedgerows. Continue through the centre of the farm buildings and then go through the gate marked with a footpath sign, into a field. Note the field will probably be holding horses and/or cattle.
|Glyme Valley Nature Reserve to Stream|
Start point: 51.9318 lat, -1.5161 long
Do NOT go into the nature reserve; instead turn right here through the kissing gate opposite, into a field. Follow the obvious grass path going diagonally uphill. On the left you will pass the ruins of the previous farm buildings, now just a few ruined walls and the remains of the garden planting.
|Stream to Chipping Norton School|
Start point: 51.9337 lat, -1.5238 long
Use the narrow footbridge to pass over the chalk stream, stopping for a paddle should you wish and pass through the kissing gate immediately afterwards to reach the next meadow.
|Chipping Norton School to End|
Start point: 51.9369 lat, -1.5441 long
Turn right onto Burford Road and continue past the fire station on the right. Use the two zebra crossings to turn left and then right at the two mini roundabouts, signposted for Banbury. Continue ahead along West Street, passing the many shops and cafes of the market town.
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First half of the walk is along a very busy main road with very little to see. Not great as a dog walk. 2nd half was better as it was out in fields but not the open countryside we were expecting.
|By HanW on 01 Feb 2015|
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