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|Lower Heyford Stroll|
|Author: Mozz, Published: 27 Aug 2017||Walk Rating:|
|A gentle 1.2 mile circular walk along the canal and into the beautiful village of Lower Heyford in Oxfordshire. The walk starts at the Heyford Wharf free car park, which is situated at the end of the railway car park. The walk is nice and flat all the way round, except for the steps of the rail footbridge (at the start and end of the walk). If negotiating the rail footbridge is a problem, then there is more limited free parking on the Wharf next to Kizzies Tea Room and Bistro, which allows you to avoid the bridge. There are no stiles on route, just a couple of kissing gates. The walk should take approximately 40 minutes.|
Either from Bicester or Hopcrofts Holt (on Oxford to Banbury A4260), take the B4030 to The Heyfords. At Lower Heyford on the B4030 turn into the car park for the railway halt. Go through the small car park until you arrive at the Heyford Wharf car park. Parking here is free, but gates shut at 5.30pm. Approximate post code OX25 5PD. If you are coming by train, the walk begins alongside Heyford rail station.
|Start to Rail Footbridge|
Start point: 51.9191 lat, -1.2994 long
From the Heyford Wharf car park, walk into the railway car park and take the footbridge over the railway.
|Rail Footbridge to Canal Drawbridge|
Start point: 51.9187 lat, -1.2995 long
Go over the railway footbridge and through the gap in the stone wall which takes you onto the canal towpath. Turn left and walk the canal towpath (with the canal on your right) for half a mile, until you reach a drawbridge crossing the canal.
|Canal Drawbridge to Freehold Street|
Start point: 51.9208 lat, -1.29 long
Go across the drawbridge and walk up Mill Lane ahead until you get to the junction with Freehold Street.
|Freehold Street to Church Lane|
Start point: 51.9202 lat, -1.2912 long
Turn right at the junction with Freehold Street and walk to the corner of Church Lane. The Bell Inn pub is on this corner.
|Church Lane to Footpath for Canal|
Start point: 51.9195 lat, -1.2941 long
Turn right and follow Church Lane past the church until you reach the end of the road. In the left-hand corner of the cul-de-sac is a gate to a public footpath.
|Footpath for Canal to Station Road|
Start point: 51.92 lat, -1.2967 long
Follow the footpath down onto the field next to the canal and continue to follow the worn footpath around to the left, passing the back of a lovely house. Carry on following the path until you reach the gate with Station Road.
|Station Road to End|
Start point: 51.9185 lat, -1.2979 long
Take the gate and turn right here, walking past the entrance to the Wharf and Kizzies Tea Room and Bistro. Continue on the path which forks right away from the road, passing the long wooden flower border, and down onto the canal bridge. Cross the bridge down onto the towpath and immediately back through the gap in the stone wall. Go back over the railway footbridge and into the car park, then on to the Heyford wharf car park where you began.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author Mozz 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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