Kirtlington – Sturdy’s Castle – Blenheim Palace Grounds – Stonesfield – Charlbury

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Start Time: Sunday 10th February 2019. Meet at 09.45 am for 10.00 am start.

Start: We start the walk outside the Village Hall in Kirtlington (postcode OX5 3HJ). Parking  is free.  This is a delightful walk that passes through the Blenheim Estate, the pretty village of Stonesfield and some beautiful countryside with wonderful views. The walks is linear, but we will leave cars at Kirtlington and aim to start the walk at 10am. On completion of the walk, we will catch a local train from Charlbury to Hanborough. Leader Seamus Ryan will have a car in Hanborough and will coordinate with a local walker to meet the group and  transfer back to Kirtlington to collect vehicles. The train options from Charlbury are either 14.32 or 15.29pm. The journey takes 7 minutes and the cost of £4.40. Please indicate as early as possible your intention to walk so that Seamus can coordinate the numbers etc.

Difficulty: Moderate – 11 miles.  A shorter walk option is available, starting from Woodstock at the Kings Arms Hotel, postcode OX20 1SU (circa 5.5 – 6 miles). For any further information please contact Walk Leader.

Leader: Seamus Ryan – M: 07785 508804, E:

Waypoints: Start from the car park in Kirtlington follow the OW signs along Mill Lane to Pigeon Lock on the Oxford Canal. Continue along the Roman Road Akeman Street via Sturdy’s Castle to Sansoms Cottage and onward to the Green Gate into Blenheim Palace crossing the A44. FP through Blenheim Grounds and exit via Stonesfield Steps. Follow OW on to the village of Stonesfield via Bagg’s Bottom. Then follow OW via Hill Barn Farm Cottages and on to Charlbury town centre and the Bull Public House in Sheep Street –  Finish.

Getting there from Aylesbury – (Approx 23 miles): For SatNav postcode is OX5 3HJ. From Aylesbury head west following A41 towards Bicester. After approx. 17 miles, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Oxford Rd/A41. After 0.3 miles – turn left onto Wendlebury Rd. After 0.5 miles – turn right. After 0.8 miles – turn left onto Green Ln.  After 1.9 miles – continue straight onto Akeman St.  After 1.9 miles – turn left onto Heyford Rd/A4095. After 0.5 miles – shortly after passing Primary School, and almost opposite the Dashwood Arms slight left onto South Green. Continue to find car park at back of Village Hall.

 Getting There from Oxford : (Approx 12 miles): For SatNav postcode is OX5 3HJ. From Oxford head out north on A34. Take the B4027 exit toward Bletchingdon/Islip/Heathfield. After 0.2 miles – turn right onto Islip Rd/B4027. Continue to follow B4027 and after 1.7 miles – turn right onto Springwell Hill. After 0.7 miles – continue onto Bletchingdon Rd. After 0.4 miles – turn right onto Oxford Rd/A4095. Continue to follow A4095, and shortly after passing Oxford Arms turn right into South Green and continue to car park at rear of Village Hall.

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Ridgeway and Vale Expeditions Walkers’ Code

  • Walks will normally take place on the second Sunday in the month. In some months, where there is an overriding event, the day may be changed.
  • It helps the Organiser to know who is intending to turn up. Please make contact beforehand. 
  • Grades of Walk are – Leisurely,   Moderate,   and Strenuous. If you are new to the group and to walking, start with a walk graded “Leisurely”, and build up. 
  • Walkers are reminded that they attend walks at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety. Make sure you bring the appropriate gear for the conditions and adequate food and drink. Also make sure you have your medication and blood sugar meter handy. Especially on long walks, carry emergency provisions. 
  • A First Aid kit and additional glucose will be carried by an experienced member of the group. Please check your blood sugar at intervals on a walk.
  • Follow the Country Code. Respect, protect and enjoy the countryside. Take home your rubbish and bury any human waste. 
  • Walks Leaders are responsible for keeping the group together and path finding. Please do not go ahead of the Leader. Always inform the Leader or back marker if you wish to leave the walk, however briefly. Always inform the Leader if you are feeling hypoglaecemic or if you believe another member of the group’s blood sugar is low. 
  • On public roads, take great care to walk in single file, facing oncoming traffic unless advised to do otherwise by the Leader.
  • Dogs will be allowed on walks at the discretion of the Leader. Please keep them on leads when there is stock about or on roads.
  • Remove or cover up muddy boots when entering a pub or tearoom. Do not consume your own food or drink on the premises, including the garden without permission. (If you enter a pub to use the toilet, buy a drink.)