The Saltway and Ditchley Park

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A circular walk exploring the eastern border of the Cotswolds AONB and part of Ditchley Park; wartime retreat of Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Lunch opportunities in Charlbury afterwards. Reach start point from Charlbury via B4437 and Ditchley Road signed off near the primary school,

We will explore part of the Saltway, an ancient drove road and local nature reserve. it is straddled by the Ditchley estate and adjacent to Ditchley Park, once home to the Lee [later Lee-Dillon] family and visited by Queen Elisabeth I. Winston Churchill used the house as a weekend retreat during WW2.


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: Thu November 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM
Duration: 3 hours
Distance: 5.5 miles
OS Grid Ref: SP379205
Map Ref: H4
Starting Point: Ditchley Park Gate OX7 4EZ
Stile Free: No
Leader: Tony Graeme
Organiser: Cotswold Voluntary Wardens