Coleshill brown walk
Watch out for fallow deer, red kites and hares on this gentle trail through traditional farmland and bluebell woods. Admire the views of the Thames flood plain to the north and the historic market town of Faringdon to the east. Children will love den-building in the woods. Follow the brown way markers on this walk.
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Park at Badbury Hill
An Iron Age hill fort was once at the top of Badbury Hill, in the area next to the car park. We believe the fort was built and occupied from around 600BC and was in use until the first century AD. It was mainly used for storage and would have housed round huts, grain storage pits and stock pounds inside its ramparts - although much of the evidence has been destroyed by years of ploughing. Today, Badbury Clump is most famous for its spectacular beech trees and bluebell displays in spring and early summer.
At the bottom of the car park take the small gate and turn left. Follow the track past a half hidden cottage to your right. Continue straight on, down and out of the woods into a field.
Follow the field to the end, turn left and then right over a footbridge and walk in front of Brimstone Farmhouse.
As you leave the woods, keep your eyes peeled for buzzards and red kites soaring over the crest of the hill and searching for prey.
Turn right into the farmyard and follow a concrete track away and towards Oldfield Farm.
Walk to the left past Oldfield farm, past a left turn to Heath Farm and around the farm buildings. Continue along a drive towards Rowleaze Cottages.
Walk past the cottages and into a field, continue to the next field where you turn left and follow the field boundary alongside Rowleaze Wood.
You are passing an ancient oak woodland on your left, which dates back to medieval times.
Turn right at the end of the field and continue past a stile and footbridge on left until you find a second stile and a gate on the left. Cross here and walk through trees and then back into the open behind Badbury Clump.
Continue walking along the edge of the field with the woods to your right. (You can take a shortcut by crossing a stile into the woods and walking uphill, take the first turn right and then the next left and re-join the instructions from step 10). Alternatively, cross a stile by a gate, bear to the right and through a gate beside a cattle grid. Continue walking up the tarmac drive and turn right opposite a drive to Badbury Hill House.
Cross a stile and a footbridge and continue along the edge of a field.
Re-join the wood by passing a stile.
The woods surrounding Badbury Hill are alive with wildlife. Sharp eyed walkers may spot fallow deer browsing among the trees, rabbits darting to a burrow, as well as plentiful wildflowers and butterflies. And even if you are not so lucky, watch out for the many signs of wildlife around you ... from pine cones gnawed by squirrels to tree bark damaged by deer.
Continue along this path until you come to a crossroad, then turn left back up the hill to the car park.
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