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Path leading through avenue of tall deciduous trees
Avenue leading through Badbury Clump, Oxfordshire | © National Trust Images/John Miller
Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Berkshire

Badbury short woodland walk (pink route)

Enjoy a short walk through the National Trust woodlands close to Badbury Hill, near Coleshill in Oxfordshire. Here you will see a large Iron Age hillfort, which in the Dark Ages may have been a key battle site between ancient Celtic people of Britain and the encroaching Anglo-Saxons. Legend has it that King Arthur himself led the Celtic British to victory here. You will also see an almost forgotten firing range, used to prepare Britain's secret resistance fighters for invasion during the Second World War. Please note: the walk is waymarked with pink arrows mounted on wooden posts at all major path junctions.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Badbury Hill car park, grid ref: SU262946

Step 1

At the far end of the car park by the notice board, go through the gate. Badbury Camp is immediately opposite across a wide, shallow ditch. If you wish, you can explore the Iron Age hillfort either now, or at the end of the walk. If you decide to explore Badbury Camp, please keep to the marked paths.

Step 2

From the gate, turn right, passing the white donation box and look out for a shallow depression in the ground amongst the grass and trees. This is the remains of a sawpit. It may be difficult to find in the summer months as it becomes obscured by the undergrowth. When you have taken a look at the sawpit, retrace your steps back past the entrance gate (but not through it) and follow the wide track with the ramparts to the hillfort on your right. Continue straight ahead, past a half-hidden cottage on your right and past five waymarker posts, ignoring any crossing paths. The path starts to descend a hill and after 650 yards you will reach a sixth waymarker post at a broad crossing track.

Step 3

Turn left and follow the broad foresters' track as it winds through the woodland.

Narrow earth track leading between dense thickets
Foresters' track, Badbury, Oxfordshire | © National Trust Images/Badbury

Step 4

Just after a log bench on your right, with a panoramic view across the fields and hedgerows to the east, look out for a partly hidden horseshoe-shaped bank on your left. It is set well back from the path and partly obscured by a group of conifer trees that have grown in the bowl of the depression. This is the site of the Badbury Hill Firing Range. Continue along the same track for a further 220 yards.

Step 5

Just after a shared trail sign for walkers and cyclists on your right, turn left and uphill on a broad sandy track through the trees.

Step 6

On reaching a crossing path at the top of the rise, turn right to retrace your outward steps to the car park. Alternatively, go straight ahead and make your way back to the car park via the paths that both cross and circumnavigate Badbury Clump. Please keep to the marked paths.

Junction of earth paths in leafy deciduous woodland
Badbury Clump, Oxfordshire | © National Trust Image/Badbury

End point

Badbury Hill car park, grid ref: SU262946

Trail map

Map of Badbury short woodland walk, Oxfordshire
Badbury short woodland walk, Oxfordshire | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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