Bloxham Circular Walk
This circular walk explores the countryside around the pretty village of Bloxham.
The village is located on the edge of the Cotswolds and has some nice public footpaths to try. The walk runs for just under 5 miles and includes a small climb on the way. From the high points there are lovely views over the surrounding countryside. The village itself is very picturesque with old thatched cottages and an interesting museum chronicling its medieval history.
This walk starts in the village and follow paths up to Hobb Hill before turning round to pass Tadmarton Farm. You head south to the neighbouring village of Milcombe where there's a dovecote and an old church. The walk then follows a country trail north east to return to Bloxham.
At the northern end of the route you'll come close to Broughton Castle. The moated manor house has some nice paths to follow around the grounds and gardens.
Bloxham Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Bloxham Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Bloxham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bloxham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's a few nice pubs in the village for refreshments after your walk. The Red Lion is a good choice with recent renovation having taken place. Outside there's a good garden area where you can relax on warmer days. You can find the pub on the High Street at a postcode of OX15 4LX for your sat navs. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Bloxham is located just to the south west of Banbury. You can continue your walking here by picking up the towpath of the Oxford Canal or following footpaths along the River Cherwell.
The Adderbury Circular Walk is another good option for stretching your legs. The neighbouring village is located just to the east and well worth a visit. To the east is neighbouring Kings Sutton where there's some interesting old buildings including a 13th century church.
The fascinating Rollright Stones and the beautiful Blenheim Park are also located close by.
Just to the east you can pick up the Bodicote Circular Walk. This visits some of the local highlights including Bodicote Lake, the restored 19th century windmill, the 13th century church and the Georgian Bodicote House. There's also an 18th century pub to visit in the pretty village afterwards.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Oxfordshire Walks page.