Deddington Circular Walk 19th March 2019 – The Clifton Loop

After having had to cancel our walk on 12 March, due to poor weather conditions, 16 members met to travel to Deddington.  4 other members were waiting for us when we arrived there. It was a drab  morning with large black clouds in the sky, fortunately  it did not turn to rain on the walk.

Deddington is a parish/town 6 miles south of Banbury. The parish includes two hamlets: Clifton and Hempton. Deddington is a large attractive village, built in the local dark honey-coloured Hornton stone. The main part of the village is off the main road to the east and the village is centred around the bustling Market Place, Church Street and Chapel Square.  Just to the east of the village is the site of Deddington Castle. This was a motte and bailey castle but all that remains of it now are the striking earthworks which are a public recreation area.

The first 10 minutes of the walk was on the pavements of several streets.  After this it was a totally peaceful rural walk.  There were a number of horses in the fields near to farm buildings, a field of sheep, 2 alpacas in another and 2 deer walking in the distant fields.  The terrain was easy walking and dry underfoot. Near to the end of the walk was a steep hill which everyone managed without any problems.

Thank you to the car drivers.  The next long walk is on 16th April from Chimney Meadows to the Thames. Pam

Combe-Blenheim Palace Parkland walk 19th February 2019. 7 miles

This was a splendid peaceful walk over field paths and tracks, parkland paths and estate drives. 17 of us commenced the walk at Combe. The walk was gently undulating over the farmland and parkland.  No matter how many times one walks on the Blenheim Estate there is always something different to see.  The bright sunshine added to the pleasure of the walk. We managed to find a fallen branch from a tree to sit on while we ate our lunch.  Several flocks of sheep were grazing on the parkland and numerous birds soaring in the sky.  Thank you to the car drivers.  Our next walk will be from Deddington on the 19th March.  Pam

We were told today of the “Harry Potter Tree”.  This beautiful, majestic, 300 year old Cedar of Lebanon tree which sits alone by a lake is where part of “Order of the Phoenix” was filmed. Harry Potter fans travel from all over the world to see the famous 55ft tall, 20ft diameter tree.

Short Walk at Sherborne 12th February 2019

Short Walk on Tuesday 12th  February 2019

It was a refreshing morning when 20 members gathered to travel to Sherborne for the walk. The car park now has a pay parking meter. The first part of the walk took us through some woods where we saw a deer. The next section of the walk was on the road, which led down into Sherborne village and the café/shop.  They were well organised serving all of us with cakes/toasted tea cakes and beverages. After the refreshments we began the climb up through more woods where the snowdrops and aconites were out in their glory.  It was amazing to see how they had matured in the 2 days since the reccie.  It was a nice sociable walk with plenty of chatter; and we did have a new member Harold; and Linda who hadn’t walked with us for some time. Our next short walk will be on Tuesday 12thMarch at Eastleach where we might see a covering  of yellow daffodils.  Thank you to all the car drivers.  Pam

Short Walk at Clanfield and lunch at Ye Olde Swan Radcot

Short walk at Clanfield with lunch at Ye Olde Swan, Radcot  –  15th January 2019 – approx 3 miles

It was a raw cold morning when 25 members left Carterton for Clanfield.  As we arrived 2 more walkers were waiting for us and 2 more joined us for lunch.  The original walk was to be just over 2 miles but as we had time to spare we made it into a longer walk.  Most of the walk was on pavements alongside the brook running down the side of the main road, down a lane which looked to be a bridle way and across 3 small meadows. It was a flat walk and not muddy.  After finishing the walk, we made our way to Radcot for lunch.  The Inn was welcoming with open fires and friendly staff. The meals were well received, served on time, and with good sized portions.  It is certainly a venue we will visit again.  Thanks once again to the car drivers.  Our next short walk is on 12th February at Sherborne where we hope to see snowdrops.  Pam


Walk from Minster Lovell 8th January 18

6.5 miles walk starting at Minster Lovell 8 January 2019

On a beautiful, cool, crisp and sunny morning 13 members left the usual meeting place and made our way to Wash Meadow, Minster Lovell.  Arriving at Minster Lovell we were all taken aback with the amount of cars in the car park, in fact it was full.  Most of the vehicles belonged to contractors who were working at the Old Swan.  Six more members met us here for the walk. Mike and Alan were going to do a shorter walk and meet us later.  Although several members live in Minster Lovell they hadn’t walked the route we took. We crossed the bridge and then took a set of steep steps onto a track besides a hedge.  At the end of the hedge was a lovely memorial to the husbands of 3 of our members; bulbs had been planted and the memorial is maintained by  the 3  widows who live in Minster Lovell.  A moving tribute. The terrain was relatively dry with a few undulations.  Short sections of road walking made up part of the walk, one passing Worsham Mill.  A short steep downhill was not  as slippery as expected and was successfully navigated by all.  After 2 or 3 fields we emerged onto the road and this was the final section of the walk back to our cars and mysterious Minster Lovell.

Thank you to all those that came on the walk and to the car drivers.  Our next long walk is on 20th February Coombe/Blenheim Palace Parkland. Pam

Walk on 18th December 2018 Black Bourton

On a dull morning, with heavy rain promised later, the group set off for our walk to Hazel and Jane’s home for coffee and mince pies.  Approx 3 miles each way.

 Ian and Josephine met us in Corbett Road and Alan drove to The Crescent to park his car.

It was quite windy but we were still able to walk at a good pace.  The route took us round the airfield perimeter past the sewerage works and then down the main road in Black Bourton.  Hazel and Teresa started from Black Bourton and met us in Black Bourton itself.  Arriving at our Hosts home we were served coffee and mince pies and some of Hazel’s all butter Christmas stars, Yum!  We had a nice natter and then retraced our steps, and managed to reach Carterton with only a few drops of rain falling.  The usual animals were in the fields at the rescue farm, and the RAF provided us with numerous fly pasts  which provided a topic of conversation.

Thank you to Hazel and Jane and to the walkers. 

Our next 2 walks are on the 8th January 2019, yet tbd, 15th January at Clanfield followed by lunch at Ye old Swan Radcot. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Pam

Short Walk in Carterton 11 December 2018

On a beautiful morning 16 members left the Town centre and walked footpaths, lanes and through Kilkenny Park arriving back 2 hours later. We had stayed in Carterton as it was the U3A meeting in the afternoon.  We did managed to have a quick coffee and chat before dashing off to get to the meeting on time.  Thank you to all those that walked.  Our next short walk is on 8th January at Clanfield and then lunch at Ye Old Swan, Radcot.  Pam 


Circular Walk from The Green, Delly End Hailey – 5.5 miles on Tuesday 20th November 20

18 walkers turned out for this walk, all well wrapped up as we were promised biting cold winds.  We met Angela at Hailey and commenced the walk. The area around the green was very picturesque with a variety of trees and with  a memorial at one end.  There was a short road walk before joining a footpath and entering a very long avenue of trees.  The majority of the walk was beautiful with the ground being covered in a carpet of leaves, which many of us enjoyed listening the  rustle beneath our feet and the odd kicking of them into the air.

Several large remote houses were visible between the hedgerows.  Leaving the footpath, we crossed the B4022 road to continue the footpath again past Chasewood Farm.  Here we joined the course of the Roman road Akerman Street which linked Cirencester to Bicester. Following the track through open fields we saw Leafield Church to our right and Witney Church and Didcot power station to our left.  We came to a cross of two concrete tracks which were part of a World War II airfield. A short length of road walking came next and then we joined a byway towards Orchard Farm.  Reaching farm cottages, we stopped for a breather and then walked along another byway, Pay Lane, and through some woods.  At the end of the woods we crossed the B4022 again and walked down St John’s Lane.  The Wychwood Project volunteers had reconstructed a dry stone wall on this byway. Continuing to the end of the wood we came to a lane, which led to the road where we had started from and back to our cars.  It was a great walk with great company, and we had managed to stay sheltered from the wind. Thank you to the car drivers.  The next long walk is to Hazel and Jane’s at Black Bourton on the 18th December, where we will have coffee and mince pies, and then walk back again.  Pam

Short Walk Witney to Poffley End circular 13 November 2018

14 members met at the normal car park to drive to  the start of the walk at Witney where 6 other members were waiting for us.  It was a gorgeous morning with the sun shining. The route was just over 3 miles and easy walking.  The terrain was mostly on lanes, tarmac roads, and fields (we were warned that a bull might be in one field), thankfully there were no cattle at all on the route.

We crossed one or two stiles which were quite low, several dog walkers were seen, our normal fly past took place, and plenty of chattering and laughter.  The trees still had plenty of colourful leaves as did some gardens, the paths were a carpet of yellow and brown. Unfortunately, there was not a café in sight.   Thank you once again to the car drivers.  Pam


Coleshill Circular Walk 16 October 2018

4 miles

On a very misty and drizzling morning 10 members gathered at the normal car park to travel to Coleshill. 3 cars made their way to the National Trust Coleshill Estate carpark . The route we were following today was the Red Walk; this is one of five walks round the Estate which are all advertised as easy. From past experience I knew the walk would be wet and muddy.  We left the car park, crossed the road and entered the park via a cattle grid to a well-defined grass track and then onto a concrete path.  This took us through Waterloo Copse and past Waterloo Lodge.  From here we followed the hedge lines, some were beneath 5 towering wind turbines.  At Ashen Copse Farm the terrain became concrete and then it was soon back to the fields passing by Flanborough Woods and the circle was completed by walking across Coleshill Park.  Although it was muddy and wet underfoot it was an enjoyable walk.  Arriving back at our cars, 4 travelled back to Carterton and 6 of us went for a coffee at the Radnor Arms.  Our next long walk is on 20th November, route tbd.  Thank you to the car drivers.  Pam