The route uses Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 191 (Banbury, Bicester and Chipping Norton) and 206 (Edge Hill and Fenny Compton).
This walk is 14 miles long, with 235 metres of climbing and 24 stiles. It is likely to take 6 hours, longer if full advantage is taken of the pub stop.
Starting point: The Square in Kings Sutton, by the church, SP 498361.
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From The Square set off along Astrop Road. Turn left to pass The Memorial Hall. There is possible alternative car parking here, but permission may be needed. After crossing the road walk straight ahead along Newlands. Take the footpath a little way along Blenheim Rise. Pass through the kissing gate into the open field. Walk round the edge of the field. Pass through the hedge before the end of the field, and cut off the corner of the next field. Keep ahead through the spinney, and turn left before the end. Where you pass through the hedgerow is Point A, 1.2 miles, 30 minutes.
Go across the footbridge at the end of the field, through the gate into the spinney at the end of the next field, and over the stile at the other end of the spinney. Just as the path begins to go downhill, head diagonally right across the field to the road, heading towards Middleton Cheney Church steeple. The stile on leaving the road is Point B, 2.3 miles, 1 hour.
After crossing a stile and two gates alongside the dismantled railway, cross the dismantled railway before you reach the crumbling barn. Where we join The Jurassic Way track is Point C, 3.4 miles, 1½ hours.
Leaving Warkworth Village is Point D, 4.2 miles, 1¾ hours.
Where the path along the bottom of the residential gardens of Overthorpe turns right is Point E, 4.8 miles, 2 hours.
Now keep straight on. Where we meet The Three Shires Way, we head diagonally left across the field. Where we join the road is Point F, 5.8 miles, 2¼ hours.
Take the path on the right after Archery Road; the track, not the tarmac path. This is also The Millennium Way; 100 miles from Middleton Cheney to Pershore. The end of this track, where we turn right after the school, is Point G, 6.5 miles, 2½ hours. After crossing the road is Point H, 6.8 miles.
Cross the B4525, but join the real Banbury Lane, and stay on it into Thorpe Manderville (bearing left) for The Three Conies for lunch. 9.0 miles, 3¾ hours. Where we leave the road at the church is Point I, 9.2 miles. (Times assume that you did not linger in the pub.)
Go through the gate round the back of the church, and find the stile at the top of the field. Before Hill Farm go through the gate rather than across the cattle grid. Point J, 10.0 miles, 4¼ hours. Pass through the hedge on your left before you get to the end of the field.
We join The Battlefields Trail for ¼ mile; 20 miles from Chipping Warden to Edge Hill via Edgcote and Cropredy Bridge.
Where we turn right in front of Edgecote Lodge Farm buildings is Point K, 10.8 miles, 4½ hours.
Slide the rail section in the fence to pass through the horse course.
Pass The Rose & Crown in Chipping Warden, then turn right down Appletree Road and on to Point L, 12.8 miles, 5½ hours.
Finish at Aston-le-Walls Church, 14.0 miles, 6 hours.
|Start: SP49843610||Point A: SP50143759||Point B:SP49603925||Point C: SP48153972|
|Point D: SP48724043||Point E: SP48394106||Point F: SP49854138||Point G: SP50234246|
|Point H: SP50584236||Point I: SP53244490||Point J: SP52074568||Point K: SP51484670|
|Point L: SP49764915||Finish: SP49535077|