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Glympton and Kiddington Estates is a 5.6 kilometer loop trail located near Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 5.6 km Elevation Gain: 145 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

wildlife

historic site

This is a circular walk, mainly on public rights of way through two of Oxfordshire's most notable estates. Glympton Park includes Glympton House (an 18th-century country house) and has a 2,000 acres estate including the village of Glympton, its 12th century Norman parish church of St Mary, 21 stone cottages and 167 acres of parkland. The estate was bought in 1992 by the controversial Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia. Glympton itself is a pretty little hamlet which was at one time grouped around St Mary's church. However, in the 17th century the entire village was moved about 400 yards south-east to make way for the landscaping of Glympton Park, leaving the church isolated in its original position. At the heart of the 2000 acre Kiddington estate stands Kiddington Hall, a Grade-II listed house, originally built in 1673 but largely rebuilt to designs by Sir Charles Barry, and situated within 466-acres of gardens and parkland designed by Capability Brown. The Hall was bought in 2010 by Jemima Goldsmith the wealthy socialite, journalist and campaigner. The walk is on field paths and woodland trails with two short sections on quiet country roads. The walk is undulating and there are several kissing gates and stiles to negotiate. Refreshments are available in Glympton Village Shop, including home-made cakes. Allow 2 hours.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Lovely walk - definitely one to do again.

walking
1 month ago

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