Woodstock – Hensington – Samsom’s Cottage – Stonesfield Steps – Park Farm – Combe Lodge – Bladon Bridge – Lower Park – Woodstock

OS Map Sheet Sheet 125,000 OS Explorer Series Sheet 180 – Oxford,  Witney & Woodstock North

Start Time: Sunday 14th January 2018 09.45 for 10.00hrs

Start and Finish: Woodstock Public Car Park GR 445168 Postcode OX20 1JQ. Parking is free of charge & toilet available (at a charge of 20 pence). A wonderful walk around the outskirts of Woodstock and through the grounds of Blenheim Palace. Some mud on early section, but most of the walk is on tarmac paths through the Blenheim Estate. There are several very pleasant pubs and cafes in Woodstock.

Difficulty: Leisurely – 9 miles: For those walkers wishing to do a shorter walk (5.5 miles), it is possible to bypass the Palace and take a shorter route into Woodstock. Contact walk leader for details.

Leader: Seamus Ryan M: 07785 508804 E: seamus.ryan2@btinternet.com .

Waypoints: Start : Hensington then Banbury Road to The Retreat GR 455172  – follow field path to Jn GR 457172 – Rd Xing GR 455176  – Sansoms Farm GR 450190 – Rd Xing  GR 435185 – Path Jn GR 417178 – Path Jn GR 423175 – Path Jn GR 424175 – Path Jn GR 426174 – Park Farm  GR 425170 – Track Jn GR 428167 – Track Jn by Coombe Lodge GR 426158 – Bladon Bridge GR 445153 – Track Jn GR 450157 – Track Jn GR 444164 Park Gate  GR 447166 – through town to Finish.

Getting there from Aylesbury – (Approx 30 miles): Take A41 to Bicester, then A34 towards Oxford. Just past Kidlington look out for signs to Blenheim Palace & Woodstock and follow A44 under Oxford bypass to Woodstock. Approx 1 mile after roundabout with A4095 in town centre turn right into narrow Hensington Road. After Fire Station and by Library, turn left into car park.

 Getting There from Oxford : (Approx 10 miles): Follow Woodstock Road A44 under Oxford bypass to Woodstock. Approx 1 mile after roundabout with A4095 in town centre turn right into narrow Hensington Road. After Fire Station and by Library, turn left into car park.

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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.)