Pete's Walks - Wigginton and Drayton Wood (page 1 of 3)

If you are considering walking this route yourself, please see my disclaimer. You may also like to see these notes about the maps.

Google map of the walk

I did this circular walk of about 6 miles on Sunday, 7th September 2017. It was a repeat of a walk I've done several times before. I had  a number of things to do this weekend, and could only spare time for a short and fairly local walk. I've always enjoyed this route, and this was the first time I'd walked it in Autumn.

I parked in the car park by the playing field in Wigginton (grid reference SP938099). I started walking about 10.35am, turning right and following the road through the village for about a quarter of a mile. Just after a traffic-calming device on the edge of the village, I took a footpath on the right that crossed a fairly narrow and empty pasture. Through a metal kissing-gate, I took a path going half-left (another path went right here) through a field of maize. The path then continued through a small corner of another field, and then continued in the same direction across a very large meadow, aiming for the far corner. On entering Roundhill Wood, I turned right and followed a path just inside the western edge of the wood. After passing two more fields close by on my right I had the wood on both sides of me and after another few hundred yards I reached a lane.

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The road through Wigginton


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The path through the maize field


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Approaching Roundhill Wood


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The path through Roundhill Wood


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The path through Roundhill Wood


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The path through Roundhill Wood

Across the lane I continued through a wood named High Scrubs. On its far side, I crossed a bridleway and continued alongside a hedge on my left that had some horse jumps built into it. On reaching another lane (Shire Lane), I went a few yards left and took a path on the other side next to a property named 'Montana'. This path ran between fences for a while then ran just inside the edge of a wood, with paddocks just to my left. When I came to the end of the paddocks I went straight on at a path crossroads (NOTE: I don't think the paths on the ground here match those on the map - amongst other things, when I once tried to follow the path going right here it just petered out).

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The path through High Scrubs


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The path through High Scrubs


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The path continuing from High Scrubs


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The path from 'Montana' into Drayton Wood

When I reached another path junction just a short distance further on, by a kissing-gate or stile on the edge of the wood, I took a path that continued on just inside the edge of the wood (the map shows the path being a little further right, but I have never found this path and the one I was on has a footpath waymark at its far end). The path continued just inside the edge of this part of Drayton Wood for about half a mile, and at its end I turned left onto a bridleway, now with the wood to my right and fields over the hedge on my left. After a hundred yards or so I took a footpath on the right that led into this part of Drayton Wood. A short distance along this path I had an unfortunate incident, where I accidentally head-butted a fairy - I could blame her, for hanging around at just 6' above a footpath, but it was probably my fault as at the time I was pre-occupied looking out for dinosaurs ....

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Near the start of the path along the southwestern edge of Drayton Wood


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The path along the southwestern edge of Drayton Wood


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The path along the southwestern edge of Drayton Wood


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The bridleway along the edge of Drayton Wood (it becomes Little Twye Road)


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The fairy I bumped into (literally!)

Part 2 of this walk