Badbury Hill - Great Coxwell - Coleshill - Badbury Hill

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A historic circular walk in a quiet corner of Oxforshire with a few unexpected surprises to be seen.

Badbury Hill is an area of woodland that was the site of an Iron Age hill-fort that sat on top of the hill, strategically placed on the highest ground in the area. It was flattened in the 19th Century, with little evidence remaining. The area is now well-known for its beech trees and the bluebells that smother the woodland floor every spring.

The walk starts from the car park at Badbury Hill, descending to the unspoilt village of Great Coxwell and the Great Barn on the edge of the village. Built in the 13th Century, this is the finest medieval barn in the country, now owned by the National Trust. The barn is 144 feet long, built of Cotswold stone, with an impressive roof construction - it has been likened to a cathedral. Entry to the barn is free, with donations asked for in an honesty box and it is well worth a look inside as you go past.

From Great Coxwell, the walk heads off to Coleshill, passing through the Coleshill Esate. This was to be the headquarters of the secret Auxiliary Units, which were to provide resistance in the event of occupation by Nazi Germany. The house at the centre of the estate sadly burned down in the Fifties.

England - Central England - Oxfordshire - Countryside

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Ancient Monument, Church, Good for Kids, Woodland

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