GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Coleshill Estate

7 miles (11.5 km)

This National Trust owned estate near Swindon has miles of lovely walking trails taking you through attractive parkland and farmland.
The walk starts from the National Trust Estate car park at Coleshill. You then head south through the countryside to the woodland of Waterloo Copse and on to Waterloo Lodge. You continue past the 18th century Strattenborough Castle and then to Ashencopse cottage and Ashen Copse Woods. The route then heads to the prettty village of Great Coxwell where you will find the interesting 13th-century monastic barn. After admiring this old Costwold stone structure the route then heads west through the countryside back to Coleshill.
The route passes near to Badbury Clump.
Here you will find bluebell woodland and Bradbury Hill where there is an Iron Age hill fort known as Badbury Camp. There are also nice views over the Vale of White Horse to the south and the Thames Valley.


SN6 7PT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Coleshill Estate OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To extend your walking in the area you could pick up the Faringdon Circular Walk and visit the splendid Buscot Park just to the north. To the south there's trails along the old Wilts and Berks Canal in Shrivenham.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Oxfordshire Walks page.


Coleshill village - - 1560188

Coleshill, Oxfordshire: view roughly east from outside St Faith with All Saints parish church. In the distance is the parish war memorial.

River Cole, Coleshill, Oxfordshire - - 393529

River Cole. This is a view of the river as it makes its way north to the Thames. Behind the viewpoint is a small restored watermill that was working this day and open to visitors. The dog in the image seemed fascinated by the water and spent most of the time in it. The river forms the border between Oxfordshire (where the dog is standing) and Wiltshire.

Coleshill gate

Gateway, Coleshill estate. Designed by Inigo Jones. The main house was designed by Sir Roger Pratt, and burned down in 1955.

Part of the Coleshill Estate, Coleshill, Oxfordshire - - 536416

Part of the Coleshill Estate, Coleshill, Oxfordshire. The building in the background is an estate house now occupied by a tenant of the National Trust who own the whole estate. In the foreground within the box hedge is the site of the great country house of Coleshill Park, which tragically burned almost to the ground in September 1952 and had to be demolished. It shows up well on Google Earth.

Watermill and mill pond at Coleshill - - 1210081

Coleshill Mill and millpond on the River Cole in Oxfordshire (formerly Berkshire).

Heifers, Coleshill Estate, Oxfordshire - - 536256

Heifers on the estate. This group of about a dozen heifers is benefiting from the shade afforded by some mature trees in this field. Hidden away in the middle of the group is a bull. 

Water pump, Coleshill Estate,Oxfordshire - - 542062

Water pump. This pump has long been disused for its original purpose. However, during the second world war it served as a disguise for a secret entrance to an underground bunker used by the Auxiliary Units that would have acted as a resistance movement against German invaders, had there been any. The buildings beyond were used as offices during the war by the controllers of the national headquarters of the Auxiliary Units.

Strattenborough Castle, near Coleshill, Oxfordshire - - 536441

Strattenborough Castle. A castle in name only but so named because of the façade. I believe it was built originally as a folly. Visible in this foreshortened image at the upper left is Liddington Castle (a real Iron Age one) at SU207796 nearly 15 kilometres away.


GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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