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‘What a view’ walk from Upton House and Gardens


As the name suggests, this walk offers some spectacular views to enjoy. Enjoy arable ambling, panoramic vistas, big skies and the frisson of a historic battle.

The viewpoint at Edgehill
Learn about the Battle of Edgehill on this walk Victoria Wright


Map route for what a view walk from Upton House and Gardens
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National Trust car park at Upton House and Gardens; grid ref: SP369461


In the car park, with your back to the main road head for the grassy knoll in the far right hand corner of the boundary. Cross the stile and keep to the right. When the farm buildings come into view continue to the end of the fenced compound then turn left, cross the valley and head for the stile set in the hedge on the horizon.


Cross the stile and take the straight path over two fields to Sugarswell Lane.


Cross the road then cross the field diagonally to the left to reach the field gate in the corner next to the woodland.


Go through the gate and follow the woodland track to the right all the way to the end and through the iron gate. Note that although this section is not a public right of way it is open to walkers by permission of the Upton Estate.

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You are at the escarpment of Edge Hill where a rewarding view of north Warwickshire unfolds. It stands at 700 feet (215m) above sea level and is the most north-easterly outcrop of the Cotswolds. If you are lucky the Malvern Hills will be in view some 40 miles (65km) away. Look out for gliders from the local club or birds soaring on the updraughts caused by the escarpment. You are also looking down on the site of the Battle of Edge Hill. When you are ready, proceed along the escarpment to the next iron gate and through the woodland passing the paddocks on the right and the stables on the left. Viscount Bearsted chose this property for his hunting retreat in the area until his acquisition of Upton House.

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At the farm turn right onto the short metalled lane. At the T junction with another lane, turn left down to the A422 at Sun Rising Hill.


Turn right on to the A422, taking great care since there is no pedestrian footway. Follow the verge and cross the minor road on the corner until you reach the green and white topped gate on the right. Walk along the boundary wall and through the gate.

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Proceed down the fields and retrace your steps back to the car park ready to recharge yourself in Upton's restaurant.


National Trust car park at Upton House and Gardens; grid ref: SP369461

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‘What a view’ walk from Upton House and Gardens


Mostly easy going on established footpaths and fields. Parts are slippy in wet weather especially along the edge of the Edgehill ridge and it includes a number of stiles.

The walk crosses farmland in places so dogs must be kept under close control. Dogs are not permitted within the grounds of Upton House (assistance dogs excepted).

‘What a view’ walk from Upton House and Gardens

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‘What a view’ walk from Upton House and Gardens

How to get here

Upton House and Gardens, near Banbury, OX15 6HT
By train

Banbury station 7 miles (11.2km) then taxi.

By road

8 miles (13km) from M40 exit 12; on A422 7 miles (11.2km) north west of Banbury, 12 miles (19.4km) south east of Stratford-upon-Avon.

By foot

Footpath SM 177 runs adjacent to property; Centenary Way ½ mile (0.8km), Millenium Way 1 mile (1.5km).

By bicycle

National Cycle Network 5 miles (8km) ; Oxfordshire Cycleway 1.5 miles (2.5km).

‘What a view’ walk from Upton House and Gardens

Facilities and access

  • Upton House car park: free hard standing for cars and coaches with grass-surfaced overflow, gates locked at 5.30pm; picnic tables
  • Within Upton House: toilets with baby-changing, restaurant, shop and large grounds with gardens
  • Dogs are not permitted within the grounds of Upton House