Charlbury to Charlbury walk going via Wychwood Forest in Oxfordshire, England.
This walk is around 8 and a half miles, undulates, takes in a lovely green track, then the former hunting forest of Wychwood and finishes by the river Evenlode. Park at Charlbury railway station
[ SP 35219 19441 ] - where there is usually plenty of parking space on the weekends. Walk back to the road (B4437), turn left crossing the railway line and then turn right along the small lane to Walcot Farm
(this is in fact the Oxfordshire Way).
The track bears slightly left at the farm and changes from tarmac to a grassy and gravel surface. Passing a derelict barn (Top Barn) continue along the track to Catsham Lane
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. Turn right and almost immediately left - signposted Shorthampton, you will soon see the church in the distance on the right. Carry straight on at the first road junction ( but it
is well worth first diverting right down the small road to the church and taking a look ) and then as the road turns right at the bend carry straight on along another grassy track.
On reaching the road at Chilson [ SP 31857 19547 ]
turn left and walk out of the village up to the main road (B4437). Turn right towards Burford but very shortly take the signposted footpath on the left - pass some houses, go along a hedged track and look for a stile on the right. Follow the footpath on the left side of the field up into the woodlands ahead.
Follow the marked path through Knighton's Copse until you reach a signposted path junction - go left and then shortly right and follow this track down through Cockshoothill woods - you should have a fields on your left. This takes
you down to a small road. Turn left up the road following it until you come to Waterman's Lodge farm. Opposite the farm entrance turn right [ SP 33276 18217 ]
onto a quite muddy track and immediately right again and follow this main track through Wychwood Forest.
The track turns into a very wide grassy track - keep going along this wide grassy area (almost avenue) until you reach Vista Gate [SP34530 17553]
, turn right along the track here and follow it passing disused sawmills and dropping steeply down to a lake.
Turn sharp left here (steel gates in front of you) and after a few yards turn right on a steep track back up into the woods. Carry along this track which eventually comes out into more open
countryside - the track has it's own name "Patch Riding Track". Keep going until you reach the main road at Finstock. Turn left along the road and follow it out of the village - pass a road junction coming in on your right and just a little
way down the hill there is a footpath on your left - it is a stone stile with an arch cut into the hedge.
There are a couple of ruined stone buildings ahead of you, pass to the right of these to go through a gate and continue along a track as it sweeps down and then up and around fields eventually with a high hedge on your left.
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down a track and after a few yards look for an avenue of trees slightly to your left (Cornbury House is away on your left) and walk through these trees (this is a marked footpath) - this then brings you down to the lakes by Park Farm. Cross the lakes with an old building on your left and shortly take
a public footpath along the side of Cornbury Park (metal railed fence on your left). Simply continue along to North Lodge [SP 35473 18739]
right to cross the beautifully named River Evenlode and then the railway bridge to a t-junction, turn left along this road back into Charlbury and then back down to the railway station.
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