Cotswold walk - Kingham and Churchill
This is number eight in a series of walks from the Cotswolds Conservation Board designed to allow people to make their way to the start point using public transport. The hill top village of Churchill features on this walk between Kingham and Chip...
Distance: 8km/5 miles
Time: allow 2 hrs
Buses: Take the X8 from Chipping Norton, West Street or Kingham Station
and ask for Kingham Village
Trains: Rail Enquiries 08457 484950
OS Ref: SP258237, Explorer Sheet OL45
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1 Walk back out of the village and turn right at the green, on the road to Churchill. Pass the school, noting Kingham Hill School up to the left. After the village turn right onto a path, cross the footbridge and brook.
2 Cross the field, over the disused railway track. Once the old branch line from Kingham to Chipping Norton opened in 1855 by a consortium of local businessmen and closed 1962 by Beeching. Go over a stile, climbing and crossing several fields aiming for the end of a row of houses. Pass by the garden fences to the end then turn left over a stile to the village road, cross to a passage footpath that leads on to a second road. Turn right.
3 Walk through the village to All Saints Church on the left. Walk ahead down
the road towards Chadlington. Before the bridge look up the bank on your left
to reach a stile. Bear right across the field, over a culvert to another stile. Bear left
in front of Sarsden Glebe House fronted by a ha-ha. Continue climbing on the path with woods to the right, to Parsonage Farm.
4 After the farm bear left down the bank aiming for the far left field corner. Climb from the stream going through several gates to a stone wall. Bear left across the field to a tarmac drive. Follow for 150 metres to a stile in fence,
and then bear right to the road.
5 Cross the road and field in line with the church at Chipping Norton.
From the brow of this huge field descend to a gap in the hedge in the far right corner.
Bear right and walk parallel with the power lines to the fence and track ahead. To return to the town centre go down to the bottom of Hailey Road and turn right along Churchill road or follow Walterbush road to the end and turn left.
For more public transport information pick up a copy of Explore the Cotswolds by Public Transport and accompanying timetable booklets, available at Tourist Information Centres and from www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk.
Alternatively contact the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862000