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Bodicote circular walk

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A gentle stroll in the countryside around Bodicote and Saltway with plenty of local and natural history.

Bodicote is one mile south of Banbury. Please note this walk is 3 miles/4.8 km.Image depicting Circular Walks leaflet cover: Bodicote
Circular Walks leaflet cover: Bodicote

Route advice and text amendments

!! 6th March 2014 - The path between the gate in direction 6 and Upper Grove Mill is flooded and the water is quite deep in places. Please avoid this route at the moment if you can and, if not, take great care.

!! 28 July 2015 - Direction 4 - The signpost where you turn left off the Salt Way at this point has collapsed so be careful not to miss the turn.

Route advice and text amendments

Direction 1 - The Baker's Arms is now 'The Spice Room Bar and Indian Restaurant'.

Direction 2 - No shops now past Paddock Farm Lane.

Direction 3 - Minor amendment to last sentence - "Turn left into Salt Way and follow it (passing a footpath to the left) until......"

Direction 4 - Should now read "Turn left off the Salt Way following the bridle way along the hedgerow and then through a bridle gate onto a track.  Pass a modern house on your right and then bear right through a bridle gate into a field. Head down the field (through another gate if temporary fencing is in place) to a gate at the bottom by the road".

Direction 5 - Should now read "Cross the road with care (Wykham Lane) and go through the bridle gate. Follow the path parallel with the hedge on your left until you get to the corner (see map). Then follow the path parallel with the fence line on your right. Bear right around lake and go through a bridle gate. Follow the track to and through another bridlegate adjacent to a cattle grid".

Direction 6 - Should now read "Continue straight on to the next field boundary ahead and go through the bridle gate in the right hand corner, to the right of the field gate. Follow the path, which is low lying and shares its route with a stream, (it can be very muddy and sometimes flooded after rain), eventually reaching Upper Grove Mill".

Direction 7 - Should now read "You are now in Bloxham Parish. Passing the Mill on your right, bear left and continue up the track (passing the site of the castle - Castlemead - on the left) for 350 metres. Turn left onto Bloxham Grove Road and then pass through a field gate beside a cattle grid. Continue and notice the windmill on your right - well worth a pause here to enjoy the views towards Bodicote to your left and across country to your right".

Direction 8 - Should now read "On reaching the buildings of Bloxham Grove bear right, keeping the wall to your left. Continue straight on and follow the track ahead which gradually descends to Lower Grove Mill".

Direction 9 - Should now read "Continue through the yard of the Mill and across the Sor Brook (re-entering Bodicote Parish). Then follow the track which leads you back up to the village via Austin Road".

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