The stone roof tiles of the villages and towns of Oxfordshire, are known as Stonesfield slates because they come from the parish of Stonesfield. In the second dip of the valley, where you can see cottages to your left, turn off the main track left along the field edge path with the hedge on your right. There are two choices – we frequently walk the shorter Ramsden-Finstock route of just under 5 miles (8 km). Cross to the Co-op opposite, then follow the one-way street of Brown's Lane to return to the start. Walk down the road until you reach a junction just before a railway bridge. Bear right through the kissing gate in the wide hedge gap and up the left hand field edge. After crossing another bridleway, go straight on downhill to the road in Stonesfield village. At the White Hart, turn right and follow Stonesfield Riding out of the village. Some sections can get muddy and the path under the railway bridge can be flooded after periods of rain. 1: Charlbury - Fawler - Stonesfield. This excellent circular walk follows part of the Oxfordshire Way, a long-distance walk through the county that runs south-east from Bourton-on-the Water through to Henley-on-Thames. Other highlights include ancient woodland, green lanes and views to distant hills. The walk starts in the town centre and follows footpaths north east through the countryside to Sansoms Lane. What's Nearby Attractions Follow High Street through Stonesfield, past the school, then turn left at the Black's Head pub. This delightful walk explores parts of Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire using a section of the Millennium Way. You will need to negotiate a few stiles (including … Wychwood Circular Walk 8 571 Kb A 5.5 mile walk around the village of Leafield, part following the line of the Roman road of Akeman Street. This time though the route passes several of the lakes in the grounds and gets very close to Blenheim Palace … Follow the road, passing the Three Horseshoes, until the Five Ways road junction. Please bring a snack Access is available to Walkingworld subscribers or you can buy the walk individually for £1.95 once you are logged in. Cross the road carefully and continue along the Salt Way. Contributions are the opinion of their authors. Route author: Oxfordshire Way description courtesy of Oxfordshire County Council. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout. Pub stop. 2 Step over the stile next to the wide wooden gate and follow the right hand field edge. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Stonesfield and Finstock Circular is a 17.4 kilometer loop trail located near Witney, Oxfordshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The village is well-known to geologists for the remarkable fossils found in the neighbourhood.). At the Bull/Rose & Crown, take Sheep Street south (signposted Hixet Wood). Keep right at the farm buildings and follow the path round the east side of the farm. Most were small and only worked by two or three men, either in the sides of steep valleys or holes in the ground around 60 feet deep with galleries leading off them. This 17 mile walk starts and finishes at Stonesfield and visits part of Blenheim's Great Park, then goes along the Oxford Canal towpath for a while, visits Woodstock and then returns back via Blenheim Park Great Park again. The path swings round to the right as you near the end of the open area to reach a gate. This is the main B4437 road from Woodstock to Charlbury. Cross the stile and enter Stonesfield Common. Turn left along the road and then in about 150m take the next right turn along a lane (Johnies Lane) with a house on the corner. The walk is on field paths and quiet country roads and passes through two Sites of Special Scientific Interest - Stonesfield Common and Stockey Bottom. Length 2.8 miElevation gain 426 ftRoute type Loop. Blockley to Hinchwick (Download : PDF) Walk through the village to the T-junction. Code/design by Richard Fairhurst. To book a place Allow 1.5 hours. Two refreshment stops. The walk starts at the junction of High Street and Church Street, Stonesfield, Oxfordshire. Follow the path down the Turn left at the road and then immediately turn right to enter the churchyard of St James' Church. Just before the house turn right up a lane leading to Oaklands Farm. A circular walk from the Cotswold Village of Stonesfield passing North Leigh Roman Villa and traversing part of Blenheim Park. Here, take the Woodstock Road past houses on either side until after about 300m, the main road curves left uphill. A really pleasant walk. It then returns to Charlbury via the ancient Salt Way. Indeed many of the stone roofing slates used in Oxfordshire, including those on several Oxford Colleges, came from Stonesfield. Cross the Slade onto Crawborough, beside the Primary School. Take Stonesfield Lane straight ahead. Dove Stone Reservoir Circular Walk is a 8.2 mile loop trail located near Dobcross, Greater Manchester, England that features a lake and is rated as difficult. This excellent circular walk follows part of the Oxfordshire Way, a long-distance walk through the county that runs south-east from Bourton-on-the Water through to Henley-on-Thames. A Stonesfield circular walk that goes into the Blenheim Estate via a gate and out over a wall! Charlbury Website © 2012-2020. The path goes down into a small valley. Follow the lane for about 100m and, just before a building on the right, turn right along a lane. Our return to Stonesfield includes views over the Evenlode river valley and a stop at the old village lock up. Stay on the farm track as it continues north through open country with views of Stonesfield in the distance and then turns to the east to reach a road. If you have a four legged friend, you will probably want to take them on a pub walk with you. In 50m bear left as you reach trees on your right and then turn right along a track through trees into Stockey Bottom. by St James’s Church, Stonesfield. Shakespeare's Way - This walk follows a route that Shakespeare may have taken when travelling between Stratford-upon-Avon and London. This circular walk goes around the heart of the ancient forest of Wychwood. Continue in the same direction on a cart-track with open country on either side. Follow the bridleway for just under a mile. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. A walk of 6.5 miles from Stonesfield to Combe and Blenheim Great Park and back to Stonesfield. Continue down the unpaved road of Crawborough to the Playing Close. From the parking area walk south along Church Street. Turn right and, when the road swings to the left by Cleeves Corner, join a track signposted ‘Salford’. Where the road turns sharply right go straight on down Brook Lane. Other highlights include ancient woodland, green lanes and views to distant hills. There are two extensions of 2.5 miles and 2.8 miles. From Woodstock the route passes through Stonesfield, Chadlington, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Leafield, Ramsden, North Leigh, East End … This Cotswold walk, much of it on the Oxfordshire Way, begins from the charming village of Stonesfield and visits the larger village of Charlbury. Heading photo by David R Murphy. The mining of these stones stopped early in the twentieth century and they can now only be obtained at great expense and good luck when an old house or barn is demolished. Continue along Ruddy Lane, crossing a bridleway after 600m, until you reach a busy road. It then returns to Charlbury via the ancient Salt Way. Stonesfield Stroll is a 2.8 mile loop trail located near Witney, Oxfordshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Take the track right, to the bridge, cross and walk down the opposite side of the river under the railway bridge. Walk information Walk type: Short moderate circular walk Distance: 5.8 miles/9.3 km Walk time: 3-3.5 hours Total ascent: 488 m/1,601 ft Highest point: 621 m/2,037 ft Walk highlights: Views from Higher Shelf Stones, B29 Superfortress crash site + memorial plaque, Lower Shelf Stones, walking along Shelf Brook From Stonesfield, you can walk across fields and a This circular walk makes use of the Wychwood Way and Oxford Green Belt Way to take you through the countryside, parkland and woodland surrounding the town. (Stonesfield has an Early English church, which suffered what was referred to as 'lunatic restoration' when in 1876 a new north aisle was built, completely destroying the small scale of the church. Cross the road and take the signed path slightly to the left opposite, which leads uphill to come out on a road by the chapel. Opposite Methodist chapel, left down walled lane The beautiful west Oxfordshire village of North Leigh is the starting point for this super little walk to Stonesfield and East End. Charlbury and the Secret Forest (pdf 1.04Mb), a 17 mile circular horse or mountain bike ride that circles what remains of the ancient Wychwood Forest passes through Stonesfield. This Some great views and varied scenery. Cross the stile which is followed by a choice of steps or a short landscaped path - take your pick. Wychwood Walk No. Stonesfield as a quiet Cotswold village in an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' close to the beautiful historic town of Woodstock (exceptionally pretty, lots of places to east and drink and Blenheim Palace with all it offers). Long Route Short Route. Turn left onto a footpath that will take you to The Slade, the road on the eastern edge of Charlbury. When the hedges give way, look for a waymark on the left. Circular Pub Walks with GPS Navigation on your mobile. It is an exploration into peace and loveliness from start to finish. Evenlode and Wychwood includes seven circular walks mainly in and around the Evenlode valley between Ascott and Stonesfield, including the circular walk through the forest and a walk starting from Ramsden. At the Bull/Rose & Crown, take Sheep Street south (signposted Hixet Wood). Cross the stile (there is a gate by the stile but this may be locked). There is a fine view of woodland in the distance across the valley. Continue along the lane, which becomes a track descending steeply to reach a bridge over the River Evenlode. This circular walk uses part of the Oxfordshire Way long distance trail to explore the area around the Oxfordshire town of Charlbury. Street parking is available in the area near to this junction; the postcode is OX29 8QU. This is the Wychwood circular ‘walk number 5’ on the Oxfordshire.gov.uk website. 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