Distance: 2.7 miles
Min Time: 1hr 30min
Paths Field and parkland paths and tracks, some roads, 6 stiles
Landscape Rolling farmland and parkland to south west of Banbury
Suggested map aqua3 OS Explorer 191 Banbury, Bicester & Chipping Norton
Start/finish SP 421384
Dog friendliness Under control across farmland and by Broughton Castle
Parking Limited spaces in Broughton village
Public toilets Broughton Castle, for visitors; otherwise none on route
1 Keep Wykeham Lane on your right and parkland on the left and walk through the village of Broughton. Pass Danvers Road on the right-hand side, followed by Danvers Cottage on the left and, when the road curves right just beyond the cottage, swing left over a stile, signposted ‘North Newington’. Keep ahead across the field to reach a stile in the next boundary, then carry straight on in the next field to cross a footbridge in the trees. This is sometimes obscured by foliage during the summer months. Continue ahead, keeping a line of trees on your right-hand side and, three-quarters of the way along the field boundary, look for a footbridge on the right.
2 Cross the footbridge, followed by a concrete track, to reach another stile, and head diagonally right across the field to a minor road. Take the right of way on the opposite side and follow a stretch of the Macmillan Way between fields to reach a stile. Cross the stile to the lane and turn left. Walk towards the village of North Newington, passing the entrance to Park Farm on your right-hand side. Pass the Blinking Owl pub and Wheelwright Cottage and then turn left into The Pound, opposite the old village pump.
3 Walk past Pound Cottage and look for a footpath which starts about 30yds (27m) beyond it on the right-hand side. Follow the footpath diagonally right across the field to reach a wide, obvious gap in the hedgerow on the far side. Turn left to reach another gap in the hedge, then head obliquely right in the field, making for the top corner, which is defined by trees and hedgerow. Pass through the gate and keep ahead, with the field boundary on your immediate left. Walk along to the next gate and then down the field to the road.
4 Cross over the road to a galvanised gate and follow the track towards some barns. Keep to the left of these buildings and look for a stile and footpath branching off to the left, running hard by a fence on the right-hand side. Follow the path to reach a stile in the far boundary and cross over into the parkland of Broughton Castle. Soon the spire of Broughton church and the outline of the castle and its moat come into sight ahead of you. Continue ahead across the parkland and down to meet the castle drive. Head for a gate into the churchyard and then follow a path to reach the B4035 on the outskirts of Broughton. Turn left along the road and return to the start of the walk in the village centre.