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Millennium Way: Chipping Warden and Culworth

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Millennium Way: Chipping Warden and Culworth
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 14 Sep 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Millennium Way: Chipping Warden and Culworth Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Chipping Warden and Culworth Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Chipping Warden and Culworth Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Chipping Warden and Culworth Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Chipping Warden and Culworth Walking Guide
Northamptonshire, Chipping Warden
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Chipping Warden and Culworth
Length: 10 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Chipping Warden and Culworth Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Chipping Warden and Culworth Walking Guide
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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.

Walk Sections

Start to Welsh Road
Start to Welsh Road

Start point: 52.1358 lat, -1.271 long
End point: 52.1284 lat, -1.245 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.

Go with the river on your right, ignoring a bridge on the right, and pass a wood to come to a gate on the right. Take this gate and go diagonally right up the field to find a gate. Take the gate and go with the woods on your right to exit by two gated gaps. Go ahead between wire fences through the first field, then continue with the hedge on your left in the second field to find a mid-field stile. Take the stile and go diagonally right down the field to cross a further stile and a bridge over a stream.

Take the stile immediately after the bridge into the field then go diagonally right over the rise and stay ahead with poplar trees on your right to exit by a five-bar gate. Continue with a fence on your right to find a mid-fence gate. Take the gate and go diagonally left towards a series of gates. Ignore the gates and take a stile to the right side of the gates to reach a lane, Welsh Road.

Welsh Road to Disused Railway
Welsh Road to Disused Railway

Start point: 52.1284 lat, -1.245 long
End point: 52.1065 lat, -1.2307 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.

Go with a hedge on your right to eventually pass a number of dilapidated vehicles. Continue ahead with a hedge on your right, following a bridleway. Maintain this direction through fields (you will notice the hedge changes to your left after a time) and, after half a mile, look out for a bridleway track coming in from the right. This marks the centre point of our figure of eight route and there is a waypost here with multiple waymakers. You have two choices:

For the shorter walk back to Chipping Warden, turn right at this waypost and then skip ahead to the section called Multimarker Post to Edgcote House. To complete the full walk, continue forward past the waypost for 80 paces to reach a gap on the left. Ignore this gap and continue ahead along the track on the Millennium Way, with a hedge on your left, maintaining the same line and ignoring gaps and vehicle swings. Continue, across a gallop, ignoring a gap and go forward to the end of the hedge on your left, to take a large metal gate into the next field. Maintain your line to go to the left of a finger of trees to come to a corner gate. Take a gate over the disused railway line and exit by a gate, ahead to the left.

Disused Railway to Culworth Village
Disused Railway to Culworth Village

Start point: 52.1065 lat, -1.2307 long
End point: 52.1166 lat, -1.2073 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.

Here we leave the Millennium Way and turn left, signposted Thorpe Mandeville, down Townsend Lane. When you reach the junction, go left to walk past the Three Conies pub and continue down the road past the delightful C13 church (St. John the Baptist) on your left. Stay on this road to head gently downhill into Lower Thorpe, eventually to find a footpath right accessed through a farm track (Lower Farm.)

Go through the gate, keeping well to the right of a stone and brick cow shed, and continue up the field to a waymarked wooden stile next to a metal gate. Go over the stile and continue ahead with a hedge on your left to go through a five-bar gate, continuing with a hedge on your left. Where the hedge curves to the right, take a waymarked gap left (partially hidden) through the hedge into the next field. Head towards the corner of a wood, just to the right of two brick/stone barns, then continue along a path with a wood on your right. Maintain your line ahead into a field, keeping the hedge on your right and, soon after the hedge curves left, take a waymarked gap (hidden) right, continuing on the same line ahead with a hedge and wire fence on your right. Go past farm buildings on your left to take a stile to the road. Turn right on the road into the village of Culworth.

Culworth Village to Multimarker Post
Culworth Village to Multimarker Post

Start point: 52.1166 lat, -1.2073 long
End point: 52.1147 lat, -1.2351 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.

Descend gently with hedge on your right, to go under a metal railway bridge then through gates and over stream to a gently rising path in the next field, keeping trees to your right. Stay ahead through the field corner gap, maintaining the same line with a hedge and trees on your right. The footpath ahead emerges from a small gap in the field corner to reveal a beautiful view ahead, where we continue our downward path in a straight line to a mid-hedge gap at the far side of the field. Go through the gap and turn immediately right and you are now back on the Millennium Way. Continue down the track with a hedge on your right to find the field waypost with multiple waymarkers, the centre of our figure-of-eight route that we passed earlier. On reaching this waypost, turn left going gently uphill with a hedge on your right.

Multimarker Post to Edgcote House
Multimarker Post to Edgcote House

Start point: 52.1147 lat, -1.2351 long
End point: 52.1275 lat, -1.2643 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).

When you reach the left edge of the wood, continue on the same line to cross the field corner towards a plastic-fenced gallop ahead. Go across the plastic-fenced gallop (watch out for racehorses) into the next field to maintain the same line. On reaching the corner wooden gate, go diagonally left across the field corner to exit by a gap (just to the left of a large green metal gate) to a lane.

Cross over the lane then go right to walk past three triangular stones and a post box on the left, set in a brick structure. Continue down the surfaced track, heading towards the church then passing a large mansion (Edgcote House which was the backdrop for the 1995 TV drama Pride and Prejudice).

Edgcote House to End
Edgcote House to End

Start point: 52.1275 lat, -1.2643 long
End point: 52.136 lat, -1.271 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).

Stay on the cinder path gently uphill. Keep 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. Stay ahead with cottages on your left to enter the village of Chipping Warden, passing the ancient church of St Peter and St Paul. Continue with a stone wall on your right then turn right down Culworth Road which brings you back to The Griffin for some well-earned refreshment.

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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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