‘What a view’ walk from Upton House and Gardens

Walking trail

A short walk with spectacular views and echoes of historic warfare. This is a trail for arable ambling, panoramic vistas and a view of the first battle site of England’s civil war. Begin from Upton House and Gardens’ car park (please check the closing time for the car park before setting off). The surrounding land is not in the care of the National Trust; take care to follow the Countryside Code.

 Spring flowers and a county view


Map route for what a view walk from Upton House and Gardens


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


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 corner post with an arrow on it. When you get there, turn right and then go through the kissing gate halfway along the fence, shutting the gate behind you. Some farm buildings will come into view ahead of you. Keeping the buildings on your left, go through the next gate. Follow the path down the hill 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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View over grassy fields looking towards air base


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. Before he acquired Upton House, this was the property Viscount Bearsted chose for his Warwickshire retreat.

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View over the Warwickshire coutryside with tree and stile in foreground


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 gate on the right. Walk along the boundary wall and through the gate.

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Looking up at the folly tower of Castle Inn pub through trees


Proceed down the fields and retrace your steps back to the car park ready to refuel at our Pavilion café. Please check our website for up to date opening times, the car park is locked outside of these hours.


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