SWC Walk 176 - Kings Sutton Circular
Length: 17.2 km (10.7 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10 9.36
train from Marylebone
to Banbury, arriving 10.40, connecting there to the 11.02 train to King's Sutton, arriving 11.07
Buy a day return to Banbury
For walk directions
I have had a request for this walk, which has not had a Saturday outing for a good while, if at all, and so deserves one now.
The author says little about the type of terrain traversed, though from the map it seems to be gentle territory to the south of Banbury. But the walk does apparently have four good pubs, each in its own village and each serving a good selection of real ales, so it should be a pleasant way to while away a fine summer's day.
A walker who did this walk in November 2013 commented: "Not a walk for the more precious SWC-folk, what with several long arable field crossings and the ever present hum of the M40 in the morning, but a delightful addition for the rest of us. Lovely villages, some rolling hillocky bits providing occasional far(ish) views, plenty of woods, several impressive stately piles, interesting churches and plenty of pubs, the occasional road walking mostly on quiet lanes."
A glance at the train times will show you that there is a 22 minute wait in Banbury on the outward journey for a connection (for a stopping train heading back SOUTH). You can cut this out by simply starting the walk from Banbury
, adding 6km (3.7 miles) to the walk: directions are given in the document. Trains back
from Kings Sutton are at 16.34, 16.43, 17.29, 18.28, 18.43, 19.07, 20.11, 20.28, 20.44.
These go in various directions and require various changes:
- The 16.34
are direct services
- The 16.43, 18.28
, and 20.28
require a change in Banbury - that is, you head north and then connect to a fast train south
- The 17.29
heads south and you change in Oxford.
- The 18.43
heads north requires a change in BOTH
Banbury and Oxford.
- The 19.07
also heads south and requires a change in Oxford, but if you also
change in Didcot you save 20 minutes (1 hour 30 v 1 hour 50). -
heads south and you change in Oxford and Reading