Walk 1439 - printer friendly version
Fulbrook & Widford from Burford Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km
Ascent - 300 feet / 91 metres
Grade - easy
Start - OS grid reference SP253123
Lat 51.808769 + Long -1.6344421
Postcode OX18 4RY (approx. location only)
This pleasant circular walk starts from the attractive market town of Burford. The route includes some sections of road walking, footpaths and bridleways with the final section a pleasant walk along the banks of the River Windrush. At busy times of the year parking in Burfard is in short supply and this walk description assumes you have parked close to the large parish church (grid ref. SP253123) where there is a large pay and display parking area. However you could park anywhere in the town where space is available.
From the car park walk back to the High Street and turn right (north). Cross the bridge over the River Windrush. Turn right at the next road junction onto the A361 towards Fulbrook. Sadly this a busy road but once through the village of Fulbrook you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside. At the road junction in the centre of the village bear left and continue along the A361. After 100 yards or so take the signed footpath on the right that leads through fields to an enclosed track (grid ref. SP273138). Go right along this track passing Payne's Farm to reach a junction of tracks (grid ref. SP282131). Turn left and continue along the track ignoring the track veering off left. This leads you to a lane (grid ref. SP274128).
Turn right along the lane and take the first footpath on the left (grid ref. SP271127). Follow this path down into a dell (Dean Bottom) which leads you to a junction of paths by the River Windrush (grid ref. SP274120), Turn right here and continue a short way to Widford. This was a substantial village in the Middle Ages. Today the 16th-century manor house, a few houses and St Olswald's chapel are all that remain. The chapel is worth a visit and this is a pleasant place for a break.
Continue along the path to a lane. Turn left, cross the River Windrush and reach a T-junction. Turn left in front of Mill Farm to briefly follow a lane west. A footpath on the left (grid ref. SP271116) is then taken. This follows the River Windrush for some way before reaching a road. Turn right along this road to return to Burford.