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Banbury

Oxfordshire


Slow Ways linking Banbury and Brackley, Byfield, Deddington, Hook Norton, Kineton, Shipston-on-Stour, Sulgrave

England / Oxfordshire / Banbury

Banbury’s seven Slow Ways are 43% checked

Drawn: 7/7
reviewed: 5/7
verified: 0/7
and surveyed: 0/7

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Slow Way Route To do
Banbury—Brackley
Banbra two Verify me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 144m Descent 177m
Banbury—Brackley
Banbra three Review me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent - Descent -
Banbury—Byfield
Banbyf one Pioneer me Distance 17km/11mi Ascent 191m Descent 130m
Banbury—Deddington
Banded one Verify me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 152m Descent 117m
Banbury—Deddington
Banded two Review me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Banbury—Sulgrave
Bansul one Pioneer me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 167m Descent 106m
Hook Norton—Banbury
Hooban one

Review me Distance 17km/10mi Ascent 317m Descent 253m
Hook Norton—Banbury
Hooban two Pioneer me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent - Descent -
Kineton—Banbury
Kinban one

Double check Distance 20km/13mi Ascent 309m Descent 313m
Kineton—Banbury
Kinban two Review me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 300m Descent 297m
Shipston-on-Stour—Banbury
Shiban one Review me Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 384m Descent 412m

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Collective progress

45% of Banbury’s seven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

11/11

drawn

8/11

reviewed

1/11

surveyed

0/11

verified

10 people have contributed to Banbury’s Slow Ways

5 people have pledged to walk and review a route

1 people have surveyed a route in Banbury

139km out of 187km have been walked and reviewed

204km of reviews have been shared in Banbury

Latest Updates

Steve Litchfield took this photo on Banbra three

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What swung my choice to attempt the original route was a useful review by KB on Banbra two which only gave the route three stars due to waterlogging and a huge amount of road walking on that route. After checking KB's analysis, I could see the second route does hold more road walking than the original route. Despite KB's positive review of Banbra two going past Thenford House, I decided that less road walking was more favourable than visiting Thenford House so felt a pioneered review of Banbra one was warranted. Only a small amount of road walking here until you reach the footpath which takes you to the rear of properties and out of the village (<a href="https://beta.slowways.org/Route/Banbra/11130#review12061-gallery-3" target="_blank">photo 3</a>). When you reach the Astrop Road, the first difference to Banbra one appears as you should turn left and then right to walk along the top of the embankment next to the A422 to reach the footpath (<a href="https://beta.slowways.org/Route/Banbra/11130#review12061-gallery-5" target="_blank">photo 5</a>) and around Middleton Lodge Farm. Just as you pass Stony Brake here the route takes advantage of a footpath to the left (<a href="https://beta.slowways.org/Route/Banbra/11130#review12061-gallery-9" target="_blank">photo 9</a>) to leave the road behind. A small amount of quiet road walking (with verges) then takes you to a footpath past Manor Farm and towards the A422 (<a href="https://beta.slowways.org/Route/Banbra/11130#review12061-gallery-13" target="_blank">photo 13</a>)....

Steve Litchfield

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Banbury—Brackley

Steve Litchfield added Banbra three, a new walk from Banbury to Brackley

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Nice walk from Deddington to Banbury. Especially lovely between Deddington and Adderbury. If walking with dogs you will have to lift less spritely ones over a couple of stile as one field contains well fenced-in sheep....

John

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Steve Litchfield took this photo on Kinban two

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The route exits the lovely village of Kineton behind very quickly via an unsealed track with a view of the forthcoming Edge Hill on the horizon (photo 1). The route then takes you up and along the top of Bush Hill. Whilst I haven't done that route for comparison, I did encounter a very muddy section whilst walking along the top of the Bush Hill (photo 10). The route then crosses the plateau of Bush Hill via the D'arcy Dalton Way before descending into pretty Hornton. The route then takes you across arable land before quickly passing through the suburbs of Banbury to the end of the walk. As well as the aforementioned challenges with elevation, the route has plenty of gates, stiles, footbridges and steps to negotiate....

Steve Litchfield

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Hook Norton—Banbury

IanP added Hooban two, a new walk from Hook Norton to Banbury

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Apart from those bits it was a pleasant walk. Once in Banbury town centre I walked down Parson Street and finished at Ye Olde Reindeer in Banbury. It does a better pint than the "proper" endpoint at the bus station :-)...

IanP

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There is a huge proportion of road walking on this route, but that said, the only problematic stretch is the main road leaving Fathinghoe; consequently, navigation is straightforward....

KB

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A walk over undulating countryside from Banbury to Hook Norton. Leaving Banbury - On Bretch Hill look for the path entrance left of a block of flats - see photo 1. Follow the path for 200 metres until you arrive at an entrance to a housing estate. Follow the path through the garden until you come to a big wooden gate with 'Beware of the dog' written on it....

Stan Morgan

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An alternative route into Banbury from Broughton Castle / North Newington is to head down to the Broughton Road part-way along and there is a footpath alongside Broughton Road which continues all the way to Banbury Cross and into the town centre.  The only reason for not giving this route more stars is the road part Shutford to North Newington but otherwise it’s a fantastic route....

Ruth Broadbent

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Sally Cullimore surveyed Kinban one

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As has been mentioned in another review, there is an obvious different route, on an easy to walk hard surface track, around the MOD base....

Sally Cullimore

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Sally Cullimore took this photo on Kinban one

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Banbury—Deddington

Sally Cullimore added Banded two, a new walk from Banbury to Deddington

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Easy walking, well used routes, very little mud and plenty to see. Access to public transport and facilities good. A couple of missing signposts, but easy enough to work out....

Sally Cullimore

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Sally Cullimore took this photo on Banded two

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Banbury—Brackley

piers added Banbra two, a new walk from Banbury to Brackley

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It's the same as Banbra one close to Brackey, but then takes a different route going to Banbury. It uses a high propotion of bridleways, generally with good access (for the able bodied) and has no substantial periods on A roads with no pavements. It goes via Middleton Cheney, which is a good place to rest (having benches as a shop) and also via Thenford House and gardens....

piers

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Route finding is straight forward, the only issue is around the MoD base near Kineton. Walking from Banbury to Kineton the route takes an obvious detour from the map path but If walking from Kineton to Banbury you will end stuck as you approach the base boundary. I will suggest adetour around this section....

MikeM

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Kineton—Banbury

MikeM added Kinban two, a new walk from Kineton to Banbury

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A more scenic option would be to walk from Bodicote to Bloxham Grove Farm and follow the footpath to Adderbury from there....

morris_cjm

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Banbury

jimwsmith surveyed Banbury

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Banbury—Byfield

Slow Ways added Banbyf one, a new walk from Banbury to Byfield

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Banbury—Deddington

Slow Ways added Banded one, a new walk from Banbury to Deddington

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Banbury—Sulgrave

Slow Ways added Bansul one, a new walk from Banbury to Sulgrave

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Hook Norton—Banbury

Slow Ways added Hooban one, a new walk from Hook Norton to Banbury

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Kineton—Banbury

Slow Ways added Kinban one, a new walk from Kineton to Banbury

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Shipston-on-Stour—Banbury

Slow Ways added Shiban one, a new walk from Shipston-on-Stour to Banbury

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Banbury’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SP4588740611

Lat / Lon

52.06199° / -1.33207°

Easting / Northing

445,887E / 240,611N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Banbury's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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