Local Walks

The Gate is ideally situated and offers easy access to some fantastic walks through the local countryside – the parish of Brailes alone has 25 miles of footpaths and bridleways.

In our public bar, you will find bookshelves crammed with maps and guide books, and its always our pleasure to pass on our knowledge and suggestions for routes that we are sure you’ll find enjoyable.

Walkers and hikers can also arrange to have their food ready and waiting with our special “Walking Boots Service.”

Brailes Three Hills Walk

Castle Hill, Mine Hill and Brailes Hill are covered in the annual Brailes Three Hills Walk, held on the first Monday in May each year. Money raised by the walk helps to fund the school and the pavilion.

D’Arcy Dalton Way

The d’Arcy Dalton Way was created in 1986 to celebrate the Society’s diamond jubilee. It was named after Colonel d’Arcy Dalton – one of the founding members of the Society. The idea behind the Way was to form a link between the Oxford Canal towpath, the Oxfordshire Way, the Thames Path and the Ridgeway.

The Way’s 65 miles run through the unspoilt countryside along the western side of Oxfordshire. Its northern end is at Wormleighton on the canal towpath. From here it proceeds across the Ironstone Hills, through Hook Norton, passing close to the Rollright stones and then crossing the Oxfordshire Way. The route ducks into Gloucestershire for a few miles before meeting the Thames Path and then dropping down to the Ridgeway, at Waylands Smithy.
The Way can be followed using OS Exlporer maps 206, 191, OL45 and 170

The Macmillan Way

The Macmillan Way is a long-distance footpath in England that links Boston, Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset. The route’s distance is 290 miles (470 km). It is promoted to raise money for the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief.

The fully waymarked route follows existing footpaths, bridleways and byways, and small stretches of minor roads when these are unavoidable. It runs across open fen country for its first 30 miles (48 km) and for the rest of its journey it then follows the course of the oolitic limestone belt.

The Macmillan Way starts from Boston and then runs across the Fens to their western edge at Kate’s Bridge near Bourne before joining the limestone belt. From Boston it heads to Stamford and then along the shore of Rutland Water to Oakham. It then leads south and west via Warmington to Stow-on-the-Wold, then through the Cotswolds via Cirencester and Tetbury to Bradford-on-Avon. Then through Somerset and into Dorset via Castle Cary and Sherborne to Abbotsbury on the coast.

The route links with the Viking Way at Oakham, the Thames Path National Trail near Thames Head and with the South West Coast Path at the finish.

Further Reading

If you’d like to learn more about the walks described above or for details on some of the many other walks on offer, the links we have listed below are a good starting point and provide lots of useful information:

Oxford Fieldpaths Society

Macmillan Way – Cross Cotswold Pathway

Free Warwickshire Walks To Download & Print

Jim’s Walks – 10 Circular Walks Around Brailes, by Jim Sargeant