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Begbroke and Bladon Circular

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Begbroke and Bladon Circular
Author: witneyman, Published: 22 Sep 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Begbroke and Bladon Circular Walking Guide star1 Begbroke and Bladon Circular Walking Guide star1 Begbroke and Bladon Circular Walking Guide star1 Begbroke and Bladon Circular Walking Guide star0 Begbroke and Bladon Circular Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Begbroke and Bladon Circular
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Begbroke and Bladon Circular Walking Guide boot Begbroke and Bladon Circular Walking Guide
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This is a gentle 5 mile circular walk starting in the Oxfordshire village of Begbroke and passing through the village of Bladon. The grave of Sir Winston Churchill is in the churchyard of Bladon's parish Church of St Martin. The walk is along field paths and a forest track, together with two short sections along roads. The route is relatively flat but there are several stiles to negotiate. Most of the fields are arable, but you may come across livestock in a couple of the fields. Refreshments are available at pubs in both Begbroke and Bladon.

The walk begins at the Church of St Michael, St Michael's Lane, Begbroke, OX5 1RT. Parking is available in St Michael's Lane in front of the church. The S3 bus from Oxford City Centre stops at the Royal Sun public house in Begbroke, close to the start of the walk.

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Walk Sections

Start to Right Turn
Start to Right Turn

Start point: 51.822 lat, -1.3218 long
End point: 51.8114 lat, -1.3293 long

From the church of St Michael's, walk down St Michael's Lane and turn right along Spring Hill Road. Follow the road past Hall Farm and, ignoring a path on the right, carry straight on through galvanised gates. Follow the track as it rises gently, crossing over a stile and a cattle grid. After reaching a stone-built house on the left, bear right along a field path under telegraph wires. At the end of the next field turn right.

Right Turn to Footbridge
Right Turn to Footbridge

Start point: 51.8114 lat, -1.3293 long
End point: 51.8136 lat, -1.3412 long

Follow the path along the field boundary through three fields and, at the corner of the last field, turn left. In 50 yards, cross a stile and footbridge on your right.

Footbridge to Cassington Road
Footbridge  to Cassington Road

Start point: 51.8136 lat, -1.3412 long
End point: 51.8215 lat, -1.3547 long

Follow the path along the edge of the field with a hedge on your left. At the waymark sign at the field corner, the path goes ahead, still with a hedge on your left. Continue to a stile in the field corner. Continue ahead across the next field, passing to the left of woodland and follow the path as it turns left to a stile leading onto Cassington Road. Turn right along the road and in 60 yards, cross a stile to take a footpath on your right signposted for Bladon.

Cassington Road to St Martin's Church
Cassington Road to St Martin's Church

Start point: 51.8215 lat, -1.3547 long
End point: 51.8309 lat, -1.3494 long

Follow the path with a hedge on your left towards a footbridge in the field corner. Cross the bridge and bear left to follow the hedgerow. At the end of this field, bear right to follow the path beside a hedge running diagonally to the right, heading for the rooftops of Bladon visible in the distance. Cross a stile leading out to a bend in Manor Road. Go ahead and follow Manor Road as it bends to the right. Cross Heath Lane and follow Church Street to reach the gate into the churchyard of St Martin's church. Follow the path through the graveyard to a gate at the far end.

St Martin's Church to Heath Lane
St Martin's Church to Heath Lane

Start point: 51.8309 lat, -1.3494 long
End point: 51.8268 lat, -1.3451 long

Turn right after the gate and follow the lane to wooden gates. Continue ahead along the field path to the corner of the field and turn right at a waymark. Keeping the hedge on your left, carry on to reach a white gate before lock-up garages. Do NOT turn left onto the path signposted to Begbroke here, instead keep ahead to reach the lock-up garages on Heath Lane.

Heath Lane to End
Heath Lane to End

Start point: 51.8268 lat, -1.3451 long
End point: 51.8217 lat, -1.3218 long

Turn left to pass in front of a row of garages and go through the gate to join the signed bridleway ahead. The bridleway path leads you through grassland and then ahead into woodland. Follow the track through the woods. Leave the woods via a gate and continue along a field boundary towards Begbroke. Go through the gate at the far corner of the field and follow the path alongside a private driveway. On reaching the road, turn left along Spring Hill Lane and left again at St Michael's Lane to retrace your steps to the start.

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4 comments for "Begbroke and Bladon Circular"

Have done this walk twice and there's a small issue with the directions as you leave Bladon as the entry into the woods no longer exists. Instead, you need to pick up a public footpath into the woods by the lock up garages (referred to in the directions) on the edge of Bladon.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you for letting know about the problem with the entry point into the woods on the original route. We have updated the GPS map and wording to follow your suggested alternative.

By Carley on 25 Feb 2018

completed walk 19/2/18. Very muddy in places but overall well worth doing. I couldn't manage the very deep ditch alongside Bladon Wood and picked up an alternative footpath across the fields. So unless a footbridge is installed (I think it is a right of way so should be done), you need to take a parallel path through the wood from Bladon which joins up with the intended path for this walk, or take the route across the field. The church in Begbroke is charming and well worth looking at.

By Carley on 18 Feb 2018

Completed this walk also today - 07/01/18. Nice walk but very muddy from Bladon back to Begbroke.

By suevarney on 07 Jan 2018

Completed this walk today (07/01/18). Lovely walk across the fields to Bladon crossing the Blenheim estate. Nice to stop and see Churchill’s resting place! From the church yard at Bladon to the finish we found the going quite challenging as there had been a a lot of rain a couple of days previously, coupled with the fact that the hedgerow had just been copiced and there were deep furrows from the farmers tractor that had filled with water! As you enter the woods there is a steep slippery newly formed drainage ditch to negotiate that proved a little tricky but all in all a nice gentle peaceful walk with plenty of wildlife.

By Mollymarmite on 06 Jan 2018

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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