Circular Walk from Woodstock – Hensington – Sansom’s Cottage – Stonesfield Steps – Park Farm – Combe Lodge – Bladon Bridge – Lower Park – Woodstock

Wonderful walk around the outskirts of Woodstock and through the grounds of Blenheim Palace. Some mud on initial section, most of the walk on tarmac path through Blenheim. Parking is free and there are several pleasant pubs and cafes in Woodstock.

A shorter walk of 5.5 miles is available, bypassing the Palace and taking a shorter route into Woodstock.  Contact Walk Leader for details.

Map Sheet 1:25,000 Explorer Series:

Sheet 180– Oxford, Witney & Woodstock North

Start Time: Sunday 15th January 2017 09.45 for 10.00hrs start

Start and Finish: Woodstock Public Car Park GR 445168

Difficulty: Leisurely 9 miles

Leader: Seamus Ryan Mob 07785 508804

Waypoints: 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: 30 Miles: A41 to Bicester, A34 towards Oxford just past Kidlington see signs for Blenheim Palace & Woodstock, follow A44 under Oxford bypass to Woodstock.  1 Mile after roundabout with A4095 in the town centre turn Right into narrow Hensington Road, where the car park is indicated after the Fire Station by the Library, turn left.

Getting There from Oxford : 10 Miles: follow the Woodstock Road A44 under Oxford bypass to Woodstock.  1 Mile after roundabout with A4095 in the town centre turn Right into narrow Hensington Road, where the car park is indicated after the Fire Station by the Library, turn left.

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.)