Eleven members of the Ramblers met in Chipping Norton for an enjoyable 9.5 mile circular walk from Oxfordshire, into Warwickshire and back again.
As Chipping Norton is the highest town in Oxfordshire, at c700 feet above sea level, we started downhill to Salford along the Shakespeare Way. From here we crossed fields and climbed to our highest point of the day of 813 feet above sea level, to enjoy good views over the two counties.
We then had some road walking to reach the Neolithic Rollright Stones. First up was the proud King Stone, standing alone and looking out over Warwickshire. We then enjoyed our picnic lunches by the eastern most Stone Circle in Britain, which is known as the King’s Men. We then descended to Whispering Knights, which huddle together in conspiratorial silence, overlooking Oxfordshire.
From here we joined the D’arcy Dalton Way, to descend to Little Rollright, then back to Salford before ascending to Chipping Norton via the castle. Here we enjoyed well deserved tea and cake at a café, before returning to Cirencester.
View over Long Compton and the Warwickshire countryside
The solitary King Stone
View from the King's Men over Oxfordshire towards Chipping Norton
Picnic Lunch at the King's Men
The conspiritorial King's Men