GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Blewbury - Churn Hill - East Illsley Down Walk

7 miles (11 km)

This attractive Oxfordshire based village is surrounded by public footpaths taking you to some lovely countryside and hills.
This circular walk from the village climbs to Churn Hill before visiting Blewbury Down and East Ilsley Down.
The walk starts in the village and heads south to climb to Churn Hill and Church Knob. The hill stands at a heigh of 160 metres providing fine views back to the village and over the surrounding area. The route then continues south passing a dismantled railway before reaching Blewbury Down. You have the option of extending the walk by descending into the neighbouring village of East Ilsley. This walk turns north to cross Compton Downs before follow a bridleway path back to Blewbury.

Blewbury-Churn-Hill-East-Illsley-Down OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Blewbury Green - - 1155815

Blewbury Green. A notice and information board, a bench, a monument and a few trees. But from the map on the information board Blewbury is far more interesting than just that.

Blewbury map - - 1155826

Blewbury map - a handy information board and map in the village.

View over Blewbury - - 1369364

View over the village from the Tower of St Michaels church.

Churn Knob - - 129336

Churn Knob. The knob is a tumulus. The cross is there because the roots of Christianity in Wessex can purportedly be traced to here. Apparently St Birinus, who had been sent by Pope Honorius I in 634, first met King Cynegils of Wessex on this site. Nowadays an annual pilgrimage takes place from here to Dorchester Abbey at Dorchester-on-Thames (about 12 miles).

Churn Hill - - 129923

Churn Hill. The top is circled by a gallop and crowned with a clump of trees, a mast and a covered reservoir.

View from Compton Downs - - 1154659

A wintery view from Compton Downs. Looking north towards (at the first tree line) the gap in the downs used by the former Didcot-Newbury-Southampton railway line. Churn Farm is in the trees in the middle distance.

Blewbury Church - - 78652

Church of England parish church of St Michael and All Angels, Blewbury, Oxfordshire (formerly Berkshire), viewed from the south

The Barley Mow, Blewbury - - 78650

The Barley Mow now the Blueberry pub.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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