Winter is the perfect time to get your coat on, get your gloves and a warm hat, a scruffy pair of boots, and go for a walk. This route is around three miles long and should take no more than an hour and a quarter. It is full of interest and everyone benefits from a bit of exercise. As it is a circular route, it can be started anywhere around the circuit but for the purpose of this short article, we can begin at Green Lane; just follow the map and enjoy your walk.
Starting at the Shipton end of Green Lane, head towards the spire of Milton church, passing a house with a very striking modern sculpture in its garden before skirting Spring Cottage, crossing the brook and reaching the Lyneham road. Turn left and left again, down past the church whose churchyard in spring is full of primroses. Continue to The Green and turn right along Milton High Street.
When you reach the Baptist chapel, turn left along Jubilee Lane, carrying straight on until a gate leads you into a field. Follow the path across two fields and climb a gentle slope towards a prominent oak tree. Pass through a broken iron gate onto a track enclosed between high hedges.
Where this track widens out, a new wooden gate leads the walker into the Wild Garden, the jewel of the Wychwoods with its two lakes to pass. Then rise up to a dead straight avenue of trees, looking towards the Jacobean splendour of Shipton Court.
Cross the main road beside the Court and turn left into Shipton. Opposite the Shaven Crown, turn right towards the church and, just before the churchyard, turn left along Church Path. Just past the churchyard look out for a couple (sometimes more) of realistic plastic sheep in Dr. Scott’s garden!
Turn left opposite the New Beaconsfield Hall and head up towards the Wychwood Inn where you turn right, back towards Milton. Continue past the school and Prew’s Garage until you reach your starting point; job done.
February – March 2017