A Way we go once more route

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Last week, we started our 12-part series along the Jurassic Way. This week, our walk picks up where we left off, in the village of Chacombe, then heading through Lower and Upper Wardington and Chipping Warden, before reaching West Farndon.

This leg of the walk is seven and a quarter miles.

Starting from Chacombe, head along the Jurassic Way towards Upper Wardington.

Arriving close to the village edge, turn left onto Thorpe Road for just a short distance to another path on your left at the village edge.

Follow this path to the opposite side of the Thorpe Road loop. At the end, turn right then left, signed Lower Wardington, along to the church. Turn right down a grass path starting from the small green opposite the church.

Heading out of Lower Wardington, follow the footpath through the fields.

Descending towards Edgcote, turn right along the road by the cottages, then left at the T-junction to pass in front of the church and Edgcote House.

From here, turn left on to the track to Chipping Warden.

Chipping Warden is an attractive stone-built village that was once a very prosperous market town.

The testimony to this is the base of the medieval market cross on the village green, sitting in the shadow of the 14th Century church of St Peter and St Paul.

Arriving in the village, turn right and follow the lane, passing right of the market cross, to the A361.

At the road junction, turn right to head out of the village on the Culworth Road to a left-hand path after a quarter of a mile.

The route from Chipping Warden to West Farndon is the longest in this walk, at three miles.

West Farndon is a hamlet that lies to the west of the River Cherwell.

Now only a few dwellings, it is the site of a once much larger village which occupied the land between here and the river.

Reaching a road, turn right to bring the hamlet into your sights.

Turn right again into West Farndon for a path starting by a row of stone cottages.

This is the end of this week’s walk and the beginning of next week’s leg of the Jurassic Way.

Contributed by Northamptonshire County Council