This walk explores the Oxfordshire village of Wroxton and the splendid grounds of a fine Jacobean mansion.
The walk starts off in the pretty village where there's a pond and lots of old Cotswolds cottages to admire. You can then follow a public footpath through the college and abbey grounds to the nearby obelisk. Continue north west and you will soon come to the neighbouring village of Drayton.
It's a beautiful area with a serepentine lake, lawns, woodlands, a cascade and a number of follies. The house itself also has a fascinating history having been built in the 17th-century on the foundations of a 13th-century Augustinian priory. It is also notable as the former residence of Lord North, who was the Prime Minister during the American War of Independence.
PostcodeOX15 6PU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Wroxton Abbey Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Wroxton Abbey Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Wroxton Abbey OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Wroxton Abbey Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Drayton you could stop off for refreshments at the Roebuck Inn. This traditional village pub is over 400 years old and has an interior full of characted. They also do good food and have a decent selection of ales. You can find the pub in Drayton on Stratford Road with postcode OX15 6EN for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head east into Banbury and you can continue your walking along the Oxford Canal Walk. There's also Grimsbury Reservoir and Spiceball Country Park to visit in this area.
Just to the south you will find Broughton Castle. There's a moated manor house here with good footpaths running across the surrounding grounds.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cotswolds Walks and Oxfordshire Walks pages.