A short 5 mile circular walk near Napton. Wonderful views and the famous Napton Windmill. For over half the walk you enjoy a delightful section of the MILLENNIUM WAY. The way is clearly waymarked with the distinctive black Millennium Way circular waymarkers.
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This circular walk starts from The Folly Inn situated at the end of Folly Lane, just by the Oxford Canal, and accessed via the village of Napton-on-the-Hill.
Exit The Folly Inn car park and before the bridge bear slightly right to join the canal tow path. ( You are now joining the Millennium Way .) Go immediately left under bridge ( No:113 ) and continue along the tow path with canal on your right skirting around Napton Hill until you arrive at bridge 111. Pass under the A425 main road taking the gap immediately left ( by the side of the now closed Bridge Inn ) to reach the main road. Turn left onto the main road ( you are now leaving The Millennium Way before rejoining at Point C ) to proceed over the canal bridge then take the first lane on the right. After approximately 30 yds, immediately ahead, but slightly to your left, take the metal kissing gate and go up the field keeping the hedge right to take another gate in the field corner continuing on a rising path. Take the next kissing gate walking half left diagonally up the field passing to left of a telegraph pole and through a second gate to cross a small field to exit by gate to lane. (To your right you will have a good view of Napton Windmill, which can be traced back to 1543 but is now a private residence not open to the public.)
Having arrived at the aforementioned lane turn L and immediately take the right fork to go slightly downhill, after some 300 yards take fork left, passing some dwellings on right to reach a junction. Continue left at this junction to pass High View and Hill Rise cottages on your right. Turn downhill into Chapel Lane and after approx 50 paces bear right at the concrete bollard to go downhill with wooden fence & cottage on left, then continue past an attractive thatched cottage - The Old Bakery - on your right, to reach the road. Continue gently downhill through the village turning left at the bottom into Dog Lane. Go past St Lawrence School, then past St Lawrence Close, soon to arrive at a waymarked bridleway on right, next to a red brick house. Proceed down the bridleway ignoring the first stile ( by metal gate ) on your left and continue gently uphill to take the metal gate ahead of you into a field. Keep ahead with hedge right and go through a metal gate. Continue on to reach a second metal gate - do not take this gate - stay in same field turning left and keeping hedge right for approx 80 yds then take wide gap on your right into another field. Now, stay ahead with hedge right for approx 150 yds to the field corner, eventually to cross a small concrete bridge and through metal gate. Continue ahead with hedge right taking a further metal gate to turn right onto the Millennium Way.
Keeping wire fence and hedge right, you will notice a farm appearing a few hundred yards to the far left. When you draw level with the farm you will be at a gate in the field corner, which leads to a minor road. Here you will notice the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarker. Take the gate and follow waymarker go right up the road to pass a small dwelling with " 1890 " inlaid in the wall. After some 500yds come to a T-junction, go ahead signposted Napton / Stockton. Eventually, pass four small terraced cottages left (The Fens) and immediately take driveway on left. Proceed up driveway going right behind garage with hedge right to come to stile. Take stile and follow direction of the way marker across the field to come to a rather makeshift bridge in the dip. Cross the bridge and go diagonally left up field to exit by far left corner gate to road ( adjacent to a large oak tree.)
Go right on road over canal bridge then immediately left down to reach the Oxford canal tow path. Go immediately left under the bridge ( No: 115 ) continuing with canal right. Looking ahead you will have a fine view of Napton- on-the-Hill with its high set windmill. ( This canal was designed by James Brindley and eventually links up with the Grand Union canal further north. ) Follow down a flight of locks to eventually arrive back at The Folly Inn on left.