Eydon and Edgcote, Northamptonshire
Starts at Eydon [SP542500]
4 hours 0 minutes | 6.9miles 11.1km | Leisurely
ID: 0.10553 | Developed by: Roger Butler |
This circular walk explores quiet rolling countryside between Daventry and Banbury in Northamptonshire. Points of interest en route include a deserted medieval village, a crumbling WWII encampment and the fine Georgian property of Edgcote House.
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Starts at

Eydon [SP542500]

Ends at

Eydon [SP542500]

Getting there

Nearest station Banbury, with frequent bus no 200 to Chipping Warden (stagecoachbus.com). No service on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Route instructions

[1] START From the south end of High Street, walk up School Lane and, when the road bends left, fork straight ahead onto a wide grass track. Pass through two gates and follow the path downhill to another gate. Cross a stile, walk through a copse and go over a footbridge. Keep ahead, with field edge on the left, and continue up to a gap between hedges. Continue on a grass track and at the end of a small wood turn left on a track to Wardenhill Farm. Fork right and follow the tall hedge for 350m to a steel gate by the top of Job’s Hill, with extensive views ahead.

[2] Follow the line of the bridleway, initially steeply downhill, and go through the gate onto a lane. Cross the lane, go through the next gate and follow the hedge for 130m. Fork right towards a wood and take the stile onto a narrow path through the trees. The wood contains several derelict buildings which were once part of a Second World War encampment. Join a track, cross a stile and veer left after passing a line of dark conifers on the right. Follow the track, south, to Culworth Road and turn right for 500m into Chipping Warden.

[3] Turn left at the village green onto Mill Lane, pass the church on the right and fork left on a track to cross a wide shallow valley, with a footbridge over the youthful River Cherwell. Continue uphill to meet the lane by historic Edgcote House and its adjacent church.

[4] Turn sharp left, past farm buildings, and cross the bridge by an old mill, with waterwheel, next to a large ornamental pool. Go right and follow the signed path, over three stiles, to a footbridge by tall trees. Cross the next field of rough pasture and pass through three farm gates to reach a lane.

[5] Go straight over and take the bridleway forking left in a straight line, via two gates, towards the farm at Trafford House, with ponds on the right. Turn right by the farm and fork left on a bridleway, through gate, to a footbridge over the meandering river. The earthworks of a deserted medieval village can be seen on the right.

[6] Walk north-east to the next gate, follow a hedge on the left to more gates and carry on uphill to another gate. Follow the path between hedge and fence to meet the road into Eydon. Turn left and return to the start after 700m.


This route was first published in the spring 2018 issue of walk magazine (Walk 58).

Developed by: Roger Butler
Eydon and EdgcoteEydon and Edgcote
Photo taken by: Roger Butler
Eydon and EdgcoteEydon and Edgcote
Photo taken by: Roger Butler
Eydon and EdgcoteEydon and Edgcote
Photo taken by: Roger Butler
Eydon and EdgcoteEydon and Edgcote
Photo taken by: Roger Butler