Hook Norton Walk - Whichford and Long Compton
This pretty Oxfordshire village is located in a fine position close to the Cotswold Hills. It includes a well known local brewery, a Norman church and some fine old Cotswolds pubs.
This circular walk from the village explores the countryside to the west. You'll visit the neighbouring villages of Ascott, Whichford Wood, Long Compton and Great Rollright where you find the interesting Rollright Stones.
The walk starts in the village and follows country lanes north and then west to meet up with the Macmillan Way long distance footpath. You then turn south to Ascott before turning west to enter Whichford Wood. The area consists of Broadleaved and conifer woodland with pretty bluebells to see during the spring months.
The waymarked trail continues west along the fringe of the woods before turning south into Long Compton. The pretty village includes a fine old church, lych gate and village pond.
After leaving the village you head south west before leaving the Macmillan Way to visit the Rollright Stones. Here you'll find a group of Neolithic and Bronze Age megalithic monuments consisting of three groups: the King's Men stone circle, the Whispering Knights burial chamber and the single King Stone.
The route then heads east through the village of Great Rollright before returning to Hook Norton. You can extend the walk by heading south east from the village and visiting the remains of the Hook Norton Viaduct.
Hook Norton Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Hook Norton Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Hook Norton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Hook Norton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in Hook Norton the Sun Inn is a lovely place to grab some refreshments after your walk. This traditional Cotswold Inn has a cosy log fire, a good menu and a nice garden area if the weather is fine. You can find them on the High Street at postcode OX15 5NH for your sat navs.
The country paths and woodland trails make for a nice walk with your dog. The Sun Inn in the village is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The village is well known for the Hook Norton Brewery where the Hooky beer is brewed. Founded in 1849, the brewing plant is a traditional Victorian 'tower' brewery in which all the stages of the brewing process flow logically from floor to floor; mashing at the top, boiling in the middle, fermentation and racking at the bottom. You can enjoy a tour of the brewery and visit the interesting museum which includes a section on the history of the village. Also of note is the 18th century hand-pumped fire engine, which was in use until 1896, and is now preserved in St. Peter's parish church.
The village is located just a few miles north east of Chipping Norton where there are some nice trails to try.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cotswolds Walks and Oxfordshire Walks pages.