0.00 km – Starting with your back to the entrance of Swan Lodge Guesthouse TURN LEFT to follow the main road down hill back towards the Artyard Café.
0.14 km – TURN RIGHT at the Artyard Café to follow ‘The Drive’.
0.44 km – At the junction TURN RIGHT to follow sign for ‘Church Enstone’. Cross the road to take the pavement on it’s left side.
0.78 km – Opposite the junction for ‘The Crown Pub’ TURN RIGHT to leave the road following sign for ‘The Square’. Follow the gravel track between stone houses as it BEARS LEFT following the public footpath sign for ‘Neat Enstone’.
0.88 km – TURN LEFT to follow narrow path alongside the fence and stone wall.
0.95 km – Cross the stile then TURN LEFT to follow the edge of the field before going through the metal gate and TURNING RIGHT onto a narrow paved lane.
1.20 km – At the end of the lane take care crossing the road STRAIGHT ON to follow a grassy trail. Stay on this path the whole way to the hamlet of Cleveley.
2.10 km – Over to your right is a lovely small waterfall that forms part of the sluice at Cleveley Mill.
2.20 km – Cross the low stone bridge over River Glyme as you pass a small lake on your left then TURN LEFT at the junction as you are now passing through Cleveley. 50m after the junction TURN RIGHT, opposite a small parking area, to follow a narrow shady footpath uphill along side a tall stone house.
2.40 km – At the end of the footpath cross the tarmac road (phone box on your right) STRAIGHT ON to a grassy bridleway. Continue STRAIGHT ON as the path then enters a long narrow plantation.
2.80 km – At the end of the plantation go through the gap in the hedge then cross the main A44 road. Take great care here as traffic can be heavy and fast moving. STRAIGHT ON through the next hedge then follow the obvious path across the field.
3.20 km – At opposite side of the field TURN LEFT through wooden gate with Shakespeare’s Way marker then continue STRAIGHT ON up left side of next field.
3.50 km – Go through the gate into wood then immediately LEFT to then follow the track along the left edge of this large woodland. Known as Dead Man’s Riding Wood.
4.20 km – BEAR LEFT away from the wood to continue on the track as you pass a stone barn then TURN RIGHT to follow track keeping hedge on your left side.
4.60 km – BEAR RIGHT at the metal barn as you now follow the initially stony track down hill, passing a house on your right.
5.20 km – TURN RIGHT at the house with ‘Pineapple’ topped stone gate pillars to join the rough track uphill. Now passing through the beautiful grounds of Ditchley Park Estate.
5.30 km – At the T-Junction in the woods TURN LEFT then cross the cattle grid and continue STRAIGHT ON following the tarmac lane over the cross roads.
5.60 km – There are good views of Ditchley Park Mansion on your right. Built in the 1720s this later became a weekend retreat for Winston Churchill.
5.80 km – TURN RIGHT to leave the tarmac lane through the wooden gate then walk down a lovely avenue of trees.
6.00 km – At the end of the avenue go through a large wooden gate and continue STRAIGHT ON along narrow strip of parkland.
6.20 km – TURN LEFT to follow wide avenue between tree plantations. If you look to your right now there are even better views of Ditchley Park Mansion than before.
6.80 km – Go through the wooden gate at the end of the avenue, cross the minor road and continue STRAIGHT ON along the track between two fields.
7.10 km – As the main track bears right continue STRAIGHT ON alongside the woods.
7.40 km – TURN RIGHT at the way marker to follow the track directly through the wood, soon heading downhill.
7.60 km – Cross the wooden bridge then BEAR RIGHT to follow the track parallel to river (may be dry during summer) before BEARING LEFT uphill.
8.40 km – At the end of the track cross the main road (take good care here) STRAIGHT ON to follow the minor road in the direction of ‘Stonefield’. There is no pavement here so walk on the right hand side towards any oncoming traffic.
8.90 km – TURN LEFT to leave the road through the gap in the hedge then follow the left side of the field STRAIGHT ON.
9.30 km – Continue on the trail, staying close to the edge of ‘Kings Wood’ all the way to Limbeck Farm.
10.30 km – STRAIGHT ON along the fenced pathway as you pass Limbeck Farmhouse, then go through small wooden gate and continue straight across the field.
10.60 km – At the end of the field go through the gap in the hedge then TURN RIGHT to follow the main road. This is a fast main road so walk on the wide grassy verge on its right hand side.
11.20 km – TURN LEFT at the junction to follow the sign for ‘Combe’.
11.80 km – 300m after Littleworth Farm TURN LEFT to leave the road and join the Oxfordshire Way keeping the sporadic hedge on your right side. This forms part of Akeman Street, an old Roman road running from Cirencester to Bicester. Although it no longer looks like a road.
12.30 km – Cross the wooden steps of the stone wall that forms the boundary of Blenheim Park. Then, after 15m, TURN RIGHT at the way marker to follow the trail through the woods.
12.50 km – TURN LEFT to cross the wooden bridge then TURN RIGHT out of the woods to follow the track across a large field just beyond a small wooden gate.
13.00 km – After crossing the field go through the gate then BEAR LEFT to follow the track alongside more woodland.
13.10 km – TURN RIGHT onto paved road then, after 20m, TURN LEFT through two wooden gates and follow the faint path across the field. BEARING RIGHT to pass next to two, circular Copper Beech tree plantations.
13.50 km – Go through the gate then TURN RIGHT to follow the fence line directly past the Beech plantation on your right.
13.80 km – Cross the cattle grid and continue STRAIGHT ON following the estate road as you pass Park Farm on your right.
14.30 km – At the Y-Junction continue on the same road BEARING LEFT.
14.70 km – TURN LEFT to leave the road through a small gate then follow the trail alongside the fence STRAIGHT ON towards the Column of Victory. Erected in 1730 in honour of the 1st Duke of Marlborough.
15.10 km – Pass directly to the right of the Column of Victory. Wonderful views to your right of Blenheim Palace now. Continue STRAIGHT ON through the line of trees ahead then BEAR RIGHT slightly to head downhill towards the ‘Queens Pool’.
15.50 km – Cross the stile just beyond three large Cedar trees then TURN LEFT onto the estate road.
15.60 km – TURN RIGHT to cross the grass next to an old ruined cottage then RIGHT AGAIN to follow another paved road.
16.00 km – Just before stone bridge over River Glyme TURN LEFT to go through the large green wooden gate through the estate boundary wall. Go through a second gate then BEAR RIGHT to follow the pavement alongside the main road as you now enter Woodstock.
16.20 km – As the road ascends a short way TURN RIGHT to go up concrete steps onto ‘Browns Lane’.
16.30 km – At the end of Browns Lane cross the road towards The Bear Hotel then TURN LEFT down High Street, passing the town hall on your left.
16.50 km – Finish your walk here at the entrance to Pollen B&B, your accommodation for the night.