Lower Heyford Circular Walk visiting Steeple, Middle and North Astons, Somerton and returning along the Oxford Canal towpath.
Cross another stile and continue in the same direction on a really nice woodland path which eventually comes out at more fields and now Steeple Aston can be seen ahead across the valley.
Still going ahead go down the dip and back up to reach the outskirts of the village - walk up a very steep concrete track to the main village road. Turn right and shortly turn right onto Paines Hill - this drops down for a while and then climbs very steeply up to reach Steeple Aston's church (on the left).
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. Head along the towpath with the railway lines on the left and canal on the right - the canal bends slowly round to the right before straightening again to arrive at a small swing bridge. Take the marked footpath on the left - this crosses the River Cherwell - follow the path through trees and soon cross a small farmer's bridge - the path bends right and after
crossing a stile you can see the railway embankment ahead of you - cross the railway line and shortly come out into a field.
Ignore a track (which incidentally from the barns has the excellent name of Cow Lane) going half right across the field towards some barns - just follow the path going
straight ahead now walking alongside a hedgerow. Cross another stile and continue in the same direction on a really nice woodland path - this eventually comes out at some more fields and now Steeple Aston can be seen ahead across the valley. Still going ahead go down the dip and back up to reach the outskirts of
the village - walk up a very steep concrete track to the main village road.
Turn right and shortly turn right onto Paines Hill - this drops down for a while and then climbs steeply up to reach Steeple Aston's church (on the left). [ SP 47593 26070 ]. Having looked round the church go back onto the road and continue along in the original direction - around 400 metres along and just before Poultry Farm take a track on the left - this soon becomes a nice woodland path - follow this to a t-junction, now turn right and follow this across open ground and then
a small woods to reach a road. Go right along the road passing several large lakes and walk into Middle Aston. Ignore a road on the left and then just on the other side of the village opposite the gates to Middle Aston House and where the road bends right look for two paths which leave on the left. Take the left hand path and follow this across fields for around 1km to reach a small farm road, go
left and on reaching Middle Aston Lane go right along the lane to soon reach the track to Hendon Farm. As you approach the farm turn left over a stile and cross a field. Continue down the field and cross a stream before climbing back upto a three way junction.
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