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Glympton and Kiddington Estates

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Glympton and Kiddington Estates
Author: witneyman, Published: 11 Nov 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Glympton and Kiddington Estates Walking Guide star1 Glympton and Kiddington Estates Walking Guide star1 Glympton and Kiddington Estates Walking Guide star1 Glympton and Kiddington Estates Walking Guide star1 Glympton and Kiddington Estates Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Glympton and Kiddington Estates
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Glympton and Kiddington Estates Walking Guide boot Glympton and Kiddington Estates Walking Guide
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This is a 4 mile circular walk, mainly on public rights of way through two of Oxfordshire's most notable estates. Glympton Park includes Glympton House (an 18th-century country house) and has a 2,000 acres estate including the village of Glympton, its 12th century Norman parish church of St Mary, 21 stone cottages and 167 acres of parkland. The estate was bought in 1992 by the controversial Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia. Glympton itself is a pretty little hamlet which was at one time grouped around St Mary's church. However, in the 17th century the entire village was moved about 400 yards south-east to make way for the landscaping of Glympton Park, leaving the church isolated in its original position.
At the heart of the 2000 acre Kiddington estate stands Kiddington Hall, a Grade-II listed house, originally built in 1673 but largely rebuilt to designs by Sir Charles Barry, and situated within 466-acres of gardens and parkland designed by Capability Brown. The Hall was bought in 2010 by Jemima Goldsmith the wealthy socialite, journalist and campaigner.

The walk is on field paths and woodland trails with two short sections on quiet country roads. The walk is undulating and there are several kissing gates and stiles to negotiate. Refreshments are available in Glympton Village Shop, including home-made cakes.. Allow 2 hours.

The walk starts at a footpath sign near to Glympton Village Shop, postcode OX20 1AW. Parking is available outside the adjacent row of Almshouses.

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Walk Sections

Start to Stile
Start to Stile

Start point: 51.8917 lat, -1.3813 long
End point: 51.8951 lat, -1.384 long

Take the signposted footpath between the Village Shop and the Almshouses. Go through a kissing gate and cross a field to reach a wooden gate. Continue along the raised path with a fence and a wood on your right. Go down steps to reach a tarmac road, turn left and then immediately right, passing to the left of trees and shrubs to reach a waymark post. Continue a few yards to reach a stile in front of you, also with a waymark post.

Stile to Oak Tree
Stile to Oak Tree

Start point: 51.8951 lat, -1.384 long
End point: 51.8992 lat, -1.3845 long

Go over the stile and cross a field in the direction of the arrow on the waymark, towards the upper left corner of the field. Cross a stile into the next field. Bear slightly right across the field (which may be ploughed) aiming for a large oak tree just beyond the hedge in front of you. Cross a stile into a road.

Oak Tree to Metal Gate
Oak Tree to Metal Gate

Start point: 51.8992 lat, -1.3845 long
End point: 51.9002 lat, -1.3859 long

Turn left along the road. In 50 yards go through a metal gate on your left onto a broad path signposted to Kiddington.

Metal Gate to Footpath
Metal Gate to Footpath

Start point: 51.9002 lat, -1.3859 long
End point: 51.9022 lat, -1.3978 long

Follow the path with a hedge on the right. Where the path bends sharply to the left, take the waymarked track straight ahead and continue in the same direction with a field on your left and a hedge on the right. At the end of the field, continue downhill at a waymark sign to join a footpath coming from the left.

Footpath to Triangular Green
Footpath to Triangular Green

Start point: 51.9022 lat, -1.3978 long
End point: 51.9028 lat, -1.3986 long

Follow the footpath down to a triangular green in the middle of a road junction.

Triangular Green to Kiddington Church
Triangular Green to Kiddington Church

Start point: 51.9028 lat, -1.3986 long
End point: 51.9034 lat, -1.4028 long

Cross the road and carry on ahead. Follow the footpath signposted to Kiddington Church. The path goes through the grounds of Kiddington Manor, which are entered via a small gate to the right of the large gates. Keep right where the road divides, to pass the church on your left.

Kiddington Church to Wooden Bridge
Kiddington Church to Wooden Bridge

Start point: 51.9034 lat, -1.4028 long
End point: 51.9027 lat, -1.4048 long

Just beyond the church, turn left along a signposted footpath. The path winds its way past the church and a fine dovecote on your left to reach a wooden bridge.

Wooden Bridge to Memorial
Wooden Bridge to Memorial

Start point: 51.9027 lat, -1.4048 long
End point: 51.8979 lat, -1.4047 long

Cross the bridge and take the path bearing left, leading up the hill. There is a good view of Kiddington Manor on your left. The path leads through a beech grove with a fence on the left to reach a wooden gate. Go through the adjacent kissing gate, continue along the path past cottages on your right to reach a memorial at the side of a road.

Memorial to Waymarker Sign
Memorial to Waymarker Sign

Start point: 51.8979 lat, -1.4047 long
End point: 51.9007 lat, -1.395 long

Turn left down the road to return to the triangular green (previously passed at waypoint 5). Turn right up the path that you came down earlier. On reaching a waymarker sign in 100 yards, do NOT take the path that you came down earlier, but keep straight on. On emerging from the trees, cross a farm track and carry straight on across a field (which may be ploughed) aiming for a waymarker sign in the distance, just to the left of some trees.

Waymarker Sign to Kissing Gate
Waymarker Sign to Kissing Gate

Start point: 51.9007 lat, -1.395 long
End point: 51.896 lat, -1.3897 long

From the yellow waymarker sign, follow the path as it bends to the right with a fence on your right. At the next waymarker sign, cross a track and continue along the path at the right-hand edge of a field. Where the ground starts to rise, keep to the right along the waymarked track, through trees to reach a kissing gate.

Kissing Gate to End
Kissing Gate to End

Start point: 51.896 lat, -1.3897 long
End point: 51.8918 lat, -1.3815 long

Go through the kissing gate and continue along the path, keeping the fence on your right. Pass through a second kissing gate and continue along the path with a fence on your left and a view of the River Glyme on your right. On reaching the stile at Waypoint 1 (from the outward leg), retrace your steps along the path you took earlier to return to the start.

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