Three Churches and a River

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Three very different churches all in the Evenlode valley. One church has well preserved wall paintings, another has amazing family memorials and the third is the 12th Century church in Charlbury where the walk concludes. Good reasonably priced lunches can be ordered at The Bell before the walk.

The Evenlode is a very scenic wide valley with good views. The small church of All Saints at Shorthampton has some remarkable surviving medieval wall paintings. Spelsbury church, another All Saints, has several monuments to the Lee family of Ditchley Park. There is also a memorial to the Duke of Rochester who made the quote of Charles II "He never said foolish thing nor ever did a wise one". The path goes by Coldron Mill where a recently restored water wheel supplies power to the house. St Mary's Church in Charlbury dates in part from the 12th Century and has a notable Jacobean staircase.


This walk is organised by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, the voluntary arm of the Cotswolds Conservation Board. These walks offer an interesting and often entertaining way of exploring our wonderful Cotswold countryside and landscape. All walks by the Voluntary Wardens are FREE OF CHARGE however donations are welcome and help us to take care of the countryside.

PLEASE: always remember to wear appropriate footwear because some walks may be steep and muddy in places. Dogs are not allowed on walks, except guide dogs and hearing dogs. It is advisable to check the website or call the Cotswolds Conservation Board (01451 862000) beforehand for details of any changes, particularly during bad weather.

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Difficulty: Moderate
Date: Wed April 18, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Duration: 3.5 hours
Distance: 6.5 miles
OS Grid Ref: SP357194
Map Ref: H4
Starting Point: The Bell Inn Charlbury OX7 3PP
Stile Free: No
Leader: Tony Merry
Organiser: Cotswold Voluntary Wardens