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Shipston-on-Stour to Long Compton

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  • Barcheston Church.
    / Barcheston Church.
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  • / Watch out for livestock!
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  • / The trail is well marked.
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  • / Cherington Church.
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  • / Crossing grassy fields.
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  • / Long Compton Church
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  • / The Red Lion Inn
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Enjoy stunning views as you leave the River Stour behind and climb up from the valley towards Long Compton.

11.4 km
3:30 h
215 m
170 m

From Shipston-on-Stour the walking is relatively easy underfoot. Leaving the River Stour behind you, the climb up from the valley is worth it for the stunning views from the top. If you're walking the route in the right season then the lone Walnut tree you pass just before the 8km mark could provide you with a welcome snack! Arrive at Long Compton, a village with many attractive stone houses and cottages and your overnight location.

Author’s recommendation

If you're walking the route in the right season then the lone Walnut tree you pass just before the 8km mark could provide you with a welcome snack.

Highest point
205 m
Lowest point
65 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Short sections of this route follow main roads with no pavement. In this case please walk on the right hand side towards any oncoming traffic and try to make yourself as visible as possible.

Please also take care when crossing fields if there are any cattle in them, cows can become quite protective of their young.

Tips, hints and links

Food and Drink:

There are a couple of stores directly across the street from your accommodation in Shipston if you would like to take supplies with your for your walk. Otherwise there is The Cherington Arms halfway along the route, a good place to stop for lunch or refreshments. On arrival in Long Compton there is a village store and the restaurant/bar at your accommodation.


Points of interest:

The Macmillan Way

The Macmillan Way is a long-distance footpath that links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. The route's distance is 290 miles and is promoted to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief. Part of your walk today follows this route so you may notice the extra way markers at certain points.

The fully waymarked route follows existing footpaths, bridleways and byways, and small stretches of minor roads. It runs across open fen country for the first 30 miles and for the rest of its journey it then follows the course of the oolitic limestone belt, compromising of stone known as 'Cotswold' in the area.


This route is used in the following itineraries:





High St, Shipston-on-Stour (73 m)
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30U 594284 5768930


Red Lion Inn, Long Compton

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – Starting with your back to the entrance of The George Townhouse TURN LEFT to walk down High Street. After 50m TURN LEFT at the junction then RIGHT at The Horseshoe pub.

0.12 km – At the split in the road BEAR LEFT to follow the sign for Banbury.

0.37 km – Not long after crossing the bridge to leave Shipston, TURN RIGHT to leave the main road going through a metal gate. Then STRAIGHT ON along a well-defined path across the fields.

0.60 km – Cross the stile then through the metal gate and continue STRAIGHT ON across the next fields.

1.00 km – After passing Barcheston Church on your left go through the gate then BEAR LEFT to follow the vehicle track as it eventually becomes a paved road.

1.10 km – As the road continues to BEAR LEFT past the barn conversion TURN RIGHT through the metal gate then follow the track along the edge of the field. At this point St Martins Church of Barcheston is just on your left if you wish to visit.

1.40 km – Cross the wooden bridge and stile then continue STRAIGHT ON across the field towards buildings in the distance.

1.80 km – In the right-hand corner of the last field go through the gate next to the bridge then STRAIGHT ON following footpath into Willington.

1.90 km – BEAR RIGHT as you reach the paved road to pass a stone house on your left. Continue following this road as it leads out of Willington.

2.20 km – TURN RIGHT at the T-junction to follow the main road, no pavement here so take good care and walk on the right towards any oncoming traffic.

2.50 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON past the next junction following the sign for Cherington.

2.80 km – TURN RIGHT to leave the road at the ‘Public Footpath’ sign then cross the wheat field diagonally, aiming for the left side of the woodland ahead.

3.00 km – Go through the metal gate then carry on in the same direction uphill towards the left side of the next woodland. Half way up the field there are good views behind you of Shipston-on-Stour.

3.30 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON down the hill towards the gap in the bushes dead ahead.

3.50 km – Cross the wooden bridge through the hedge and continue STRAIGHT ON across the next field.

3.80 km – BEAR LEFT through the yellow way marked gate in the fence then over the stile directly ahead, followed by a metal gate.

3.90 km – Go through another metal gate in the corner of the next field then continue STRAIGHT ON uphill alongside the hedge.

4.30 km – On the opposite side of the field go through the metal gate then TURN LEFT to join the tarmac road for a short time.

4.40 km – TURN RIGHT to leave the road through the gap in the hedge then cross the field diagonally LEFT towards the power pole in the corner. There is a well-trodden path leading the way.

4.70 km – Go through the metal gate in the far corner of the field then BEAR LEFT to follow the top of the field towards another gap in another hedge.

4.90 km – Go through two metal gates then BEAR RIGHT across this field to the far corner, aiming for the bridge as it eventually comes into view.

5.10 km – Through the metal gate and cross the wooden bridge over the River Stour then BEAR RIGHT to follow way marked path through the small woodland parallel to the river.

5.20 km – BEAR LEFT in the woodland to cross the stile then diagonally LEFT across the field.

5.50 km – Go through the small metal gates and another wooden bridge then STRAIGHT ON across the next fields to reach the road.

5.70 km – TURN RIGHT onto the road then continue following it as it BEARS LEFT towards Stourton.

5.90 km – TURN RIGHT at the carpark for The Cherington Arms to follow a narrow path. The pub is a great place to stop for food or refreshments in their garden next to the river.

6.00 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON past a row of garages then over a stile to cross the field towards the church.

6.20 km – Go through the iron gate into the church yard aiming for it’s right side. Leave the churchyard via the gates on the opposite side of the yard then TURN LEFT onto the road.

6.30 km – TURN RIGHT at the junction sign posted for ‘Long Compton’. After 100m TURN LEFT at the junction opposite the small post box in a stone wall.

6.50 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON as the road now becomes a rough vehicle track then narrows, keeping the hedge line close to your right side.

7.10 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON along the obvious track as you begin to climb the hillside.

7.40 km – TURN RIGHT at the yellow way marker to skirt the edge of the next field.

7.70 km – Go through the metal gate between a clump of trees then STRAIGHT ON, passing a large lone Walnut tree, towards the hedge line as the trail steepens slightly.

7.90 km – STRAIGHT ON through the metal gate.

8.20 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON along the paved driveway as you pass by Margretts Hill Farmhouse. Soon gaining views of Whichford Wood dead ahead.

8.70 km – At the end of the drive TURN RIGHT onto the road, there is no pavement here but a good grassy verge. After 100m TURN LEFT through the metal gate to join a descending stony track alongside the wood.

9.00 km – BEAR RIGHT at the split then immediately TURN RIGHT to follow the track directly through Whichford Wood. As you emerge from the trees you gain views of Long Compton Church.

9.40 km – Continue following the wider vehicle track to it’s end.

10.20 km – At the end of the track go through the metal gate and STRAIGHT ON across the field to a gate just to the left of the houses.

10.30 km – At the end of the driveway TURN LEFT alongside the main road, following the sign for ‘Woodstock’, as you enter Long Compton. Continue following this road directly through this stretched village with many beautiful stone, thatched roof cottages on either side.

11.20 km – STRAIGHT ON past the village hall on your right.

11.30 km – Your walk finishes here at the front doors of The Red Lion Inn, your accommodation for the night.


all notes on protected areas

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


A pair of sturdy walking trainers will be enough for this route if you dont want to wear full hiking boots. Along with the rest of your usual gear for a day outdoors remember to pack a wind/waterproof and an extra layer.

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