Walk 1085 - printer friendly version
Upper & Lower Boddington from Claydon Walk
Author - Millennium Way
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Ascent - 150 feet / 45 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SP456500
Lat 52.146413 + Long -1.335022
Postcode OX17 1EW (approx. location only)
This gentle circular walk starts in the picturesque village of Claydon, and meanders across mostly flat farmland & open countryside, crossing the Oxford Canal at two points and touching the delightful villages of Lower & Upper Boddington. Claydon is Oxfordshire's most northerly village. Local pubs only offer limited opening hours so check with them first if you wish to take refreshment - Carpenters Arms, Lower Boddington and The Plough Inn, Upper Boddington. Why not consider taking a picnic? For part of the walk, you will enjoy the delights of The Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive black waymarkers
A - We begin our walk from St James the Great church in the picturesque village of Claydon. With your back to the church go L down the road then take footpath R signed Lower Boddington (opposite the junction with Fenny Compton Road ). Walk between fences then take stile to field. Go ahead for a few yards and take care not to miss fence stile R. Take this fence stile, then immediately over second stile into field. Continue ahead across field keeping hedge L. Go over double stile and keep ahead along field edge to take further stile to next field. Keep ahead with hedge L to corner of field then cross canal bridge and ahead through two fields to eventually take footbridge over small stream to next field.
B - Go ahead over dismantled railway line and take stile into next field to go quarter R across field and take double stile and footbridge just to L of farm buildings. Stay ahead under power lines with hedge and farm buildings R. After approx 200 yards take stile L, crossing the scrub to take further stile into next field. Go L along edge of field to take small plank bridge and stile in top L corner. Go quarter R across centre of field towards far R corner, through corner gap and turn L onto lane. Stay along lane to enter Lower Boddington and arrive at cross roads with Carpenters Arms ahead of you (Refreshment currently only available evenings and weekends).
C - Go ahead over cross road, and with Carpenter's Arms on you right, walk along road through Lower Boddington. At the outskirts of the village the road swings L. At this point take bridleway R to Cleveland Farm. Go up track uphill, and at the top opposite barns take metal gate L to field. Go R with hedge R to field end and exit field by gate to road. Go L on tree lined road and after some half mile come to cross roads.
D - Go L on road towards Upper Boddington. Pass The Plough Inn L, and after some 70 paces take short road L to find T junction. (At this point you join The Millennium Way and will be guided by the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarker.) At this T junction go L on Church Road pass post box L and school R and leave Upper Boddington, enjoy panoramic views R, and after some half mile road swings R as you enter Lower Boddington. Opposite first house on R take bridleway L, at junction of drives go ahead on lane to road
E - Cross road and go ahead on cinder track past Cleeve House then turn R over stile immediately after the entrance to Paradise Farm. Turn L towards gate to R of farm building. Turn R after gate and go to next large metal gate, cross bridge and immediately L through next large gate into field. Turn R to continue up field with hedge and fence R to go over stile and stay with hedge R to join farm track which bears L with fence. At the end of farm track go half L across field to mid hedge stile. Go through coppice to take next stile and then go quarter L to far corner of field. Take gap to road then turn R.
F - Continue to road junction then go L (signed Claydon) and where the road turns sharp R go straight on through gap and along the bridleway. Go ahead across field to take gap and continue with hedge R. Go through wooden gate and cross field past two large trees to mid hedge gap. Take gap and cross field towards next mid hedge gap. (Here we leave The Millennium Way.) Do NOT take gap but go R along field edge keeping hedge L. Go through corner gaps of next two fields keeping hedge L and keep a look out for a concealed waymarked footbridge on L. Take footbridge into field continuing half R across to far corner stile and metal gate by canal bridge.
G - Go over stile to road then over canal bridge continuing gently up the road to reach a junction. Turn R at the junction which will bring you back into the peaceful village of Claydon.