The Shenington Round from Upton House

Walking trail

Enjoy huge vistas, big skies and the frisson of a historic battle on this 7-mile walk through beautiful Warwickshire countryside. This walk crosses land that is not in the care of the National Trust. Please take care to follow the Countryside Code. Please also check the websites of any places you may wish to visit before setting out for up to date arrangements.

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Map route for The Shennington Round walk


National Trust car park at Upton House and Gardens, grid ref: SP371461


After parking in the main car park, pick up the arrowed footpath by walking towards the pedestrian exit point. Just before the gate, turn right and walk along the wide verge inside the car park, with the fence on your left-hand side. Aim for the fence line and go through the kissing gate set in the fence. Pass through two metal gates on to a wooden stile. Keep the farm buildings to your immediate left-hand-side and cross to another kissing gate.

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Take the straight path over two fields to Sugarswell Lane.


Cross the lane, take the field gate and proceed diagonally to the left to the far corner next to the field gate. Turn left and follow the track along the woodland edge until you reach a narrow road. Turn left and walk up the road to the boundary crossing back over Sugarswell Lane and down the track immediately ahead and through the gate.


You are following the Macmillan Way, a long distance footpath from Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset stretching some 290 miles (476 km). The route was devised to raise much needed funds for Macmillan cancer relief to which all proceeds are donated. Continue on down the pasture land following the arrows through Upton Estate. At the field gate turn right and follow the boundary hedgerow along the bottom of the arable field and past the old stone barns.


Picking up the track to the north of the barns and below the woodland turn right to the iron gate. Carry straight on following the obvious field tracks through the gate and slightly heading off to the right past the field jump and upwards to the iron gate on the right at the bottom of the steep hill. Follow the field track along the woodland boundary to the next field gate. Proceed through the gate and head slightly right; keep the metal chimney stack to your left, before heading down to the bottom right-hand corner of the field and through the gate. This area can be very boggy! Over the narrow bridge and back up the field and through the kissing gate at the top.


Turn right heading for Shenington and walk up the road for 300m. You can turn off right when you see the Bell Inn. Overlooking a charming village green you can halt a while for a rewarding refreshment stop with great food. Made of the local Hornton ironstone, as is much of the village, the pub dates back to 1722.

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Pub sign hanging outdise building


After refreshments carry on down through the cottages to the field gate.


Continue along the stone track, looking to your right at a field bearing the regular humps and troughs - ridge and furrow - that can sometimes be found on ancient fields and created by a system of ploughing associated with the open field system. You may see a glimpse of Upton House in the distance. Continue on to the first of the old airfield runways. You can sometimes see gliders either taking off or looking for thermals to lift them higher into the sky. Cross over with caution and proceed along the boundary fence passing over the next run way to the iron gate way at the end of the track.

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View over grassy fields looking towards air base


Follow the track diagonally down the arable land and around the headland to the right of the next field to the gate way. Turn left passing by the stone yard and Sugarswell Business Park on the right to Sugarswell Lane some 400m ahead. Stop for refreshments at Sugarswell Business Park. The Money Bean cafe is open Tuesday-Saturday. Please check website for opening hours.


Cross over the road and follow the track to the woodland.


Turn right at the woodland to follow the undulating track along the top of the woodland boundary to the narrow road and cross over. Follow the woodland track 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.


You are at the escarpment of Edgehill, 700 feet (215 metres) above sea level and the most north-easterly outcrop of the Cotswolds. A little farther on a rewarding view of south Warwickshire unfolds and, if you are lucky, the Malvern Hills some 40 miles 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 Edgehill. Proceed along the escarpment to the next iron gate and through the woodland passing the paddocks on the right.

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View over the Warwickshire coutryside with tree and stile in foreground


At the farm turn right on to the metalled lane. Viscount Bearsted chose this property for his hunting retreat in the area until he purchased Upton House which in due course was vested to the National Trust. Notice the old kitchen garden over the road with the interesting but now derelict glass houses. Follow the metalled lane, turn left at the T junction and at the main road turn right.


Caution: there is no pedestrian footway so take care to keep on the wide grass verge (you do not need to cross the road). Follow the verge and cross Sugarswell Lane on the corner until you reach the next green and white topped gate on the left with the arrow. Walk along the boundary wall and through the gate. Proceed down across the fields and at the farm you will recognise the perimeter fence of the compound from where you continue on to the left, back to the car park at Upton House, leaving enough time for tea and a slice of cake at the Pavilion.


National Trust car park at Upton House and Gardens, grid ref: SP371461

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The Shenington Round from Upton House


Mostly easy going on established footpaths and fields. Parts are slippy in wet weather, especially along the escarpment edge, and it may get boggy near Shenington village. It includes a stile and crosses farmland in places so dogs must be kept under close control. Dogs are not permitted within the grounds at Upton House (assistance dogs excepted).

The Shenington Round from Upton House

Contact us

The Shenington Round from Upton House

How to get here

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

Banbury station 7 miles then taxi

By road

8 miles from M40 Exit 12, on A422 7 miles north west of Banbury, 12 miles south east of Stratford upon Avon

By foot

Footpath SM 177 runs adjacent to property; Centenary Way 0.5 mile, Millenium Way 1 mile

By bicycle

NCN5 5 miles; Oxfordshire Cycleway 1.5 miles. View local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network website

The Shenington Round from Upton House

Facilities and access

  • Upton House Car Park: Free hardstanding for cars and coaches with grass-surfaced overflow. Gates locked 5.30 pm. Picnic tables.
  • Inn serving food at 3.7 miles (6 km) from the start
  • Toilets with baby-changing facilities