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Condicote & the Roman Road

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Our second trip to the cotswolds, with the small, old village of Condicote as our start point. We debated as to go due to the recent bad weather, however the rain held off and it turned into a hot day. The village lies 35 miles from Oxford with a population of about 120 people, and is surrounded by rich farm land and large numbers of sheep & Cattle. There is a new village hall within the village built in Cotswold stone and it fits in nicely with all the surrounding buildings, in fact its big enough to get the whole village in it. The village church of St Nicholas dates back over 1000 years with parts of the building dating to Norman times, also close by sits the village cross and this dates back 500 years and stands at the point of a fresh water spring. A large Henge or Eubury ring (an ancient monument dating to the time of Stonehenge) with a diameter of 350ft sits within the village however only its outline can be seen. A nice little village, however parking is sparse, but its well worth a look around.
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Out of the village the path took us along the Ryknild street or Icknield street. This is an old roman road that runs from the Fosse way Bourton-on-the-water, to Templeborough south yorks. Nothing is left of the old road but it made a nice path, straight as a die with loads of wilds flowers along the adjacent hedgerows, and abundant Wild poppies in the fields either side. We soon had the small Copse hill to climb then down into the village of Upper Slaughter, not as nice as Lower slaughter but some lovely little Cotswold cottages are in this village. The River Eye runs through the village and even after all the heavy downfalls the level was quite low and no sign of flooding. We followed the river for a little while as we headed for Skinners hill (228m) then down towards Chalk hill where the map showed a large number of old burial chambers and mounds. We had to go off the track a bit and we finally found a long barrow in a field to the north of our track. We could not get close to it due to the crops, and I can not find any other information on this find but its on the map and you can clearly see it in the photos of the trip. It was then a small walk along the roads back to our start point, all in all a good nine mile walk and well worth it.

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