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Lower Heyford and Steeple Aston

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Lower Heyford and Steeple Aston
Author: witneyman, Published: 28 Nov 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Lower Heyford and Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar1 Lower Heyford and Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar1 Lower Heyford and Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar1 Lower Heyford and Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire Walking Guidestar1 Lower Heyford and Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire Walking Guide
Oxfordshire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Lower Heyford and Steeple Aston
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Lower Heyford and Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire Walking Guide boot Lower Heyford and Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire Walking Guide
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A 3 mile circular walk from the pretty Cotswold village of Lower Heyford in Oxfordshire, via Steeple Aston along open fields and part of the Oxford Canal towpath. The walk is relatively flat and there are no stiles or kissing gates to negotiate but several of the field paths may contain grazing livestock. Refreshments are available at the Bell Inn in Lower Heyford, and opposite Heyford station, in the boatyard of Oxfordshire Narrowboats, Kizzie’s café has seating next to the canal. Allow 1.5 hours.

The walk starts at the Market Square in Lower Heyford. The postcode is OX25 5NY. Parking is available on the Market Square. The village is also readily accessible by public transport as there are both bus and train services from Oxford and Bicester.

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Walk Sections

Start to Bell Inn
Start to Bell Inn

Start point: 51.9199 lat, -1.2945 long
End point: 51.9195 lat, -1.2942 long

From the Market Square walk south to the Bell Inn on the corner of Freehold Street and turn left.

Bell Inn to Mill Lane
Bell Inn to Mill Lane

Start point: 51.9195 lat, -1.2942 long
End point: 51.9202 lat, -1.291 long

Walk along Freehold Street. Where the road divides, bear left down Mill Lane.

Mill Lane to Canal Bridge
Mill Lane to Canal Bridge

Start point: 51.9202 lat, -1.291 long
End point: 51.9208 lat, -1.2901 long

Follow Mill Lane between houses to reach a swing bridge over the Oxford Canal.

Canal Bridge to Railway Bridge
Canal Bridge to Railway Bridge

Start point: 51.9208 lat, -1.2901 long
End point: 51.9257 lat, -1.2912 long

Cross the bridge over the canal, carry on across the canal towpath and, in a few yards, turn left at a footpath sign. The path turns right and crosses two footbridges. Follow the path through trees and, on emerging from the trees, continue in the same direction across a field, aiming for the large sign ahead at a railway bridge.

Railway Bridge to Heyford Road
Railway Bridge to Heyford Road

Start point: 51.9257 lat, -1.2912 long
End point: 51.9271 lat, -1.3084 long

Cross the railway bridge and take the path heading west past a small clump of trees. The path continues along the southern edge of several fields with a wire fence initially on your left and later on the right. Along the way you will see on your right the three distinctive arches of the curious “Rousham Eyecatcher”, a folly built by 18th-century garden designer William Kent to grace the outlook from Rousham House, which you will see later. The path goes through several metal gates and becomes a concrete farm path leading to The Dickredge and Heyford Road in Steeple Aston.

Heyford Road to Road Bridge
Heyford Road to Road Bridge

Start point: 51.9271 lat, -1.3084 long
End point: 51.9196 lat, -1.3065 long

Turn left along Heyford Road. Where the road starts to descend, a footpath runs parallel to the road and rejoins it just before a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights over the one-way stone bridge, from where you will have a view on your right of the magnificent Rousham House, built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dorme. The beautiful gardens designed by William Kent are open every day to the public.

Road Bridge to Left Turn
Road Bridge to Left Turn

Start point: 51.9196 lat, -1.3065 long
End point: 51.9185 lat, -1.2986 long

Carry on across the bridge. Follow the road as it passes the entrance to Heyford Station car-park and goes over the railway line and canal, and then turn immediately sharp left.

Left Turn to End
Left Turn to End

Start point: 51.9185 lat, -1.2986 long
End point: 51.9199 lat, -1.2945 long

Cross back over the canal and turn right down to the towpath. Follow the towpath with the canal on your right as it makes its way first north and then bends to the east. On arriving back at the swing bridge you crossed earlier, turn right over the bridge and retrace your steps to the start of the walk.

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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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