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|Millennium Way: Chipping Warden and Culworth|
|Author: Millennium Way, Published: 14 Sep 2017||Walk Rating:|
|Northamptonshire, Chipping Warden|
|A 10 mile (can be shortened to 5 mile) figure-of-eight walk from the village of Chipping Warden in Northamptonshire. The walk takes in three delightful villages and some glorious countryside. Enjoy undulating country, quaint villages and a welcoming village pub. During the first half of the walk you will enjoy a delightful section of the Millennium Way, the route being clearly marked by the distinctive black waymarkers. |
The terrain is mostly flat with only a few inclines, following tracks, woodland paths and field paths. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and footbridges plus 7 stiles. These are mostly dog friendly, but there are a couple where dogs may need a hand. You will cross one horse gallop used for training racehorses, so make sure you look carefully for any horses in action before you cross. You will be sharing some of the fields with livestock. Allow 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.
Chipping Warden is located in Northamptonshire, about 6 miles northeast of the Oxfordshire town of Banbury. The walk starts and finishes outside the Griffin Pub. There is roadside parking available nearby. Approximate post code OX17 1LB.
|Start to Welsh Road|
Start point: 52.1358 lat, -1.271 long
Facing The Griffin pub in Chipping Warden, go right to find a parking area. Just opposite, follow the clearly marked Millennium Way footpath sign on the right and cross the field diagonally to the far-left corner stile. Cross the stile and then go left with the hedge on your left for approx 200 yards to reach a waymark post. Turn right onto the bridleway to go down the middle of the field, passing just to the left of a lone tree, to find a hidden river at the field bottom.
|Welsh Road to Disused Railway|
Start point: 52.1284 lat, -1.245 long
Turn right down the lane over a stone bridge to a T-junction. Go left on the road, round a right-hand bend and, at a left-hand bend, go straight ahead through the hedge gap into a field. A roadside information board here provides some useful information on the Battle of Edgcote in 1469.
|Disused Railway to Culworth Village|
Start point: 52.1065 lat, -1.2307 long
Go up the hill to the brow, walking between two wooden posts, and then go ahead keeping the trees and hedge to your left, to exit the field by the top left field gate (by a cattle grid). Turn left on the farm track, walking away from the farmhouse, continuing along the rough surfaced track until you reach the crossroads.
|Culworth Village to Multimarker Post|
Start point: 52.1166 lat, -1.2073 long
30 yards before the T-junction, look out for a bridleway sign pointing left. Take this bridleway (or you may wish to visit the village or Red Lion pub and return to this point later) to go past Barn Hill and Orchard House. Continue ahead where the bridleway narrows to become a rough track. Go ahead past two metal gates, keeping a stone wall to your right.
|Multimarker Post to Edgcote House|
Start point: 52.1147 lat, -1.2351 long
Keep to the right edge of the field, walking gently uphill with the hedge on your right, eventually descending to find a waymarker at the field corner. Cross the stream through a narrow gap into the next field. Follow the waymarker across the next field towards the trees. Continue on a rising path with a hedge and wood on your left. When you reach the farm buildings, turn right to pass in front of the farm and continue downhill on a paved track, eventually passing a small pond on your left. Follow the track until a sharp bend right, at a Y junction with a triangular-shaped rock on your left. At this point leave the track and maintain your line straight ahead across a field, aiming to the left of the edge of the wood ahead. (This footpath is often not well demarcated).
|Edgcote House to End|
Start point: 52.1275 lat, -1.2643 long
Immediately past the house, take a track 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 and stay on rising a track. (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).
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2017 by the author 41club 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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