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Eynsham Parish Council

Eynsham Mill Walk

Eynsham Mill Walk

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Above: the grounds of Eynsham Mill, 31 August 2010. Image © Sue Osborne

location of Eynsham MillHere is the first of what could become a series - a three mile circular walk, starting from Mill Street / Hawthorn Road in the village at its most southerly point, moving anticlockwise to include the old Cassington Road, passing through the picturesque grounds of Eynsham Mill and returning via Eynsham Millennium Wood, which celebrates its first decade this year - read more >>

The walk was devised and illustrated by Sue Osborne, chair of the Parish Council's Footpaths Committee, but there is plenty of room for further contributions in the way of field notes or images. Cassington Road is rich in roadside and hedgerow plants, for example, with hawthorn and elder berries, crabapples and hops in abundance at this time of year. The riverside stretch may offer a kingfisher sighting; while the Millennium Wood has all the blackberries and sloes you could wish for, the unfeasible pink of spindleberries and the promise of cob nuts to come. A selection of hedgerow plants and wild fruit from the Eynsham Mill Walk is shown here >>

The 20 slides and directions are also available as a downloadable file to print and take on your way (pdf, 522 kb). You can also follow the route on a footpath map. UPDATE 2012 View survey and photos - Bridleway 206/11; Footpath 206/32.

Follow the route on a footpath map

Follow the route on a footpath map

Cassington Lane 02/02/2014 image © Gavin Robinson

Cassington Lane 02/02/2014 image © Gavin Robinson

Cassington Lane 02/02/2014 image © Gavin Robinson

Cassington Lane 02/02/2014 image © Gavin Robinson

Cassington Lane 02/02/2014 image © Gavin Robinson

Cassington Lane 02/02/2014 image © Gavin Robinson

If you feel inspired to add your own walks they will be warmly welcomed - please get in touch.

Sue adds: “We're always really grateful to hear about any problems - or, indeed any positive feedback - on our footpaths, so do get in touch with as much information as you can (grid reference if possible, the footpath number, and the nature of the problem).”


Further Reading

Related Documents
18/10/2010 Area around Eynsham Lock
31/08/2010 Eynsham Mill Walk
29/09/1994 New Circular Walk
Sue Chapman's “leisurely half-hour stroll”
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    Photo: Eynsham Online 11/09/2010

    The bridleway beside the public notice board is easy to spot at the top of Mill Street, opposite the junction with Spareacre Lane.

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    Photo: Eynsham Online 11/09/2010

    Crossing Hawthorn Road, follow the bridleway alongside Eynsham Primary School until you reach the Eynsham ring road.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    Cross here and follow the field edge which swings round to the right and joins the old Cassington Road.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    Turn left onto the old Cassington Road and follow this until you reach Wharf Farm.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    Turn left onto the footpath opposite Wharf Farm which runs diagonally across the field until you reach the A40. Cross here with care.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    Spot the footpath sign! (this is on the opposite side of the A40).

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    Follow the somewhat overgrown footpath diagonally left across the field towards the trees which run alongside the River Evenlode.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    In amongst the trees is this stile leading over a footbridge which takes the path close to the edge of the river. Care must be taken here.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    This is what the path looks like as it emerges into the next field. Skirt the right-hand edge of this field.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    The path becomes somewhat obscure at this point, but using the telegraph pole as a guide, head right into the tree-line.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    As you move into the trees, you will see a way marker post cunningly hidden behind a big tree.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    You now come to a particularly pretty stretch of the river where you can often see kingfishers. Care should be taken here as the path sometimes comes close to the water’s edge.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    As you emerge from the trees, you see a way mark which takes you across the grounds of Eynsham Mill, heading towards the stone arched bridge on the left.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    Eynsham Mill.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    On reaching the driveway, go straight across and head through a grassy avenue between trees, emerging into a cultivated field.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    Follow the right-hand field boundary until you reach the Lower Road, between Eynsham and Long Hanborough.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    Go straight across the Lower Road and continue on a well-defined track which follows the right-hand field boundary, going through a couple of gates en route.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    You reach a junction of footpaths (you can see the way mark on the telegraph pole): take the right-hand path.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    Very shortly after having turned right, take the left-hand fork here.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    You now come to the Millennium Wood through these two gates.

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    Photo: Sue Osborne 31/08/2010

    View of Wytham Woods from Eynsham Millennium Wood.

    On the opposite side of the wood is the A40 which you need to cross. If you stay on the right-hand side of the wood you come out on the Freeland Road opposite the Evenlode pub; if you go through the middle, you come out on the A40 closer to the pedestrian crossing. The choice is yours!

    Have a pie and a pint at the Evenlode if you feel like it, then cut through the car park and onto Old Witney Road. Turn left at the end onto Witney Road, then right down Spareacre Lane.

    At the end, go straight over Mill Street and into the bridleway which runs behind the Chinese takeaway. This takes you back to the start of the walk.

    The End