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Coleshill purple walk


Splendid views of the White Horse Hill and Uffington Castle are a highlight of this gentle trail through the traditionally farmed estate land at Coleshill. Ramblers can also take a short detour to visit the magnificent Great Coxwell Barn and the nearby 12th century village church.

Badbury Hill from the west, Buscot and Coleshill Estates, Oxfordshire
Enjoy views of farmland and woodland copses on this Coleshill walk National Trust Images/John Miller


Map route for Coleshill purple walk
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The Cuckoopen Plantation, Coleshill, grid ref: SU 243 939


Park at the Cuckoopen Plantation. Follow road towards Faringdon and cross the road to Ashencopse Farm drive. Continue straight on to the farm. From here you will find the best views of White Horse Hill.

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A shorter walk can be taken by turning right at Ashencopse Farm and following directions back to Coleshill across the park as described in Coleshill's red or green walks.


Turn left immediately before the farm and keep the farm buildings to your right. Turn right into a field.


Walk diagonally across the field, cross two stiles and continue diagonally across a second field and over another stile before entering into a small wood. Turn left and over a footbridge and a stile.


Bear right, then left and walk around field following hedge. Follow a track which bends to the right until you reach a gate. Go through the gate and cross three fields through gates and over a stile until you reach Great Coxwell village.


Turn left over a stile and cross a gravelled driveway past some private houses following the footpath past "Cedar Lodge". Go through a gate into a paddock. Bear right to a double stile where you will continue across a field to a stile to the left of a white house.


To continue the walk, turn left at the track. (To make a detour to visit the Great Barn and the 12th century Church turn right onto Puddleduck Lane and into the village, then return to this point). Continue along the track, cross open fields with ridge and furrow until you reach a farm track. Turn right through Colleymore Farm.

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Cross the road and follow Brimston Farm drive. Turn left before the right hand bend. Cross a field and a stile passing Fern Copse on your right and walk uphill to Cuckoopen Plantation. Turn left at the woods and follow the perimeter to return to the car park.

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The Cuckoopen Plantation, Coleshill, grid ref: SU 243 939

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Coleshill purple walk


A flat walk through farmland, along tracks and footpaths which may be muddy or uneven, especially after rain, so suitable footwear is recommended. There are gates and stiles along the route which crosses the B4019. The walk passes through farmyards and fields, where stock may be grazing, so please keep dogs under close control.
Coleshill purple walk

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Coleshill purple walk

How to get here

The Cuckoopen Plantation, Coleshill, Oxfordshire, SN6 7PT
By road

The Cuckoopen Plantation is located near Coleshill, on the B4019 between Highworth and Faringdon.

Coleshill purple walk

Facilities and access

  • No immediate local public toilet facilities, shops, or public houses
  • Nearest toilets at the estate yard at nearby Coleshill.