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Oxfordshire Walk
Buckland & Pusey from Faringdon

County/Area - Oxfordshire

Author - Visit Southern Oxfordshire

Length - 10.5 miles / 17.1 km    Ascent - 300 feet / 91 metres

Time - 5 hours 30 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Buckland & Pusey from Faringdon
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This circular walk starts from Faringdon and explores two villages lying to the west, Buckland and Pusey, crossing typical countryside of the area en-route. The walk uses well defined paths and tracks and includes the opportunity to see Buckland House together with a fine restored dovecote. This walk is based on a shorter walk that can be found at Walk 1062

1 - Start the walk in Faringdon Market Place and head uphill to Church Street, past the churchyard and past the A4095 to Witney. When the metalled road turns 90 degrees right, Carry straight on to a farm track. When it starts to bend, continue straight on to an enclosed footpath (Church Path).

2 -- At Grove Lodge continue ahead to Littleworth and Buckland. The route needs careful navigation through the village of Littleworth and a map is recommended. Reaching the road on the outskirts of Buckland, walk straight ahead down St George's Road. This leads to the Memorial Hall where you join the route detailed in Walk 1062.

3 - Start at the large car park at Buckland Memorial Hall. Turn right and walk downhill. At the end of the road, take the bridleway straight ahead along the edge of a field.

4 - At the main road (A420) cross the road to a gateway slightly to the right. This is a very busy road, with poor visibility to the right. It may be better to walk along the verge to the right to improve sight of oncoming traffic.

5 -Cross a stile, and walk along a slightly raised path, with a hedge on your right. Proceed for about 150 metres and then fork left diagonally (waymarked) across two fields following overhead cable lines. At the edge of the field, the path leads over two stiles into a small copse. Through the trees, continue along a track in the same direction as before, to a gate onto the B4508 road.

6 - At the road, turn right and walk through Pusey village (or turn left and walk for 150 metres to see Pusey House, and return).

7 - After following the road for around 300 metres, take the bridle path to the right, and follow this between a double fence and through a copse, continuing along the field path to a road.

8 - Cross the road and continue along the track, which continues alongside woodland (Buckland Warren) until you reach a junction of tracks (See alternative return route below).

9 - At the junction of tracks, turn right with woodland to the left and a field on the right. Keep right at the next intersection and walk through a marshy copse, passing a large and beautifully restored stone dovecot on the right and farm buildings (Home Farm) on the left. Continue along the track until you reach the road (A420).

10 - At the main road, cross with care and take the path opposite through stone gateposts. Go past the lodge and take a stile on the right. Take the path, bearing right, across the field to another stile into woodland. Look to the left to see Buckland House. Follow the path through woodland to the road and turn left. Walk until you see The Lamb public house on your left. Continue ahead to St George's Road and turn left retracing your outward route to Faringdon.

Alternative Return Route -Continue ahead at the junction of tracks (if you wish to see the restored dovecote turn right and then return to this junction). The suggested route takes you through Buckland Warren to the Hideaway to continue via The Folly to Faringdon. Note this route is shown on this walk's route map.


Other walks nearby

Walk 1061 Faringdon, Radcot and Littlewortheasy/mod8.0 miles
Walk 1064 Faringdon Folly, Buckland Warren and Hatfordeasy/mod8.0 miles
Walk 1066 Faringdon, Wicklesham, The Folly & Folly Parkeasy4.0 miles
Walk 1079 Faringdon, Thrupp and towards Lechladeeasy6.5 miles
Walk 1068 Faringdon, Fernham and Little Coxwelleasy6.0 miles

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The County of Oxfordshire is located between the River Thames in the south, the Cotswolds to the west and the Chilterns in the east. Much of the county's wealth was from wool production in what is predominantly agricultural area. Local Government reorganisation in 1974 saw changes to the county boundaries with the Vale of White Horse and an area south of the Thames added to the county. Oxfordshire includes sections of three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Cotswolds, the North Wessex Downs, and the Chilterns. Long-distance footpaths include the Ridgeway, Macmillan Way, Oxfordshire Way, and the D'Arcy Dalton Way. The Thames path follows the river and the valleys of the Thame, Windrush and Cherwell tributaries also provide excellent walking. The Oxford Canal follows the Cherwell from Banbury to Kidlington and again provides some excellent walking on the well-maintained tow path.

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