Walk 6 – South Stoke to Hailey (King William PH) – 3½ miles

Note: Postman’s Path can be very muddy if it is or has rained recently.

This walk is recommended as a morning walk taking the opportunity of lunch at the King William, remembering to organise a lift back to South Stoke or for the energetic, return on foot and walk off the lunch.

This walk, as do all the described walks, commences at St Andrews church South Stoke. There is parking on The Street outside the church.

Proceed north along The Street towards Ferry Road, at the road junction turn right (east) into Ferry Road and proceed under the railway bridge and up to the crossroads with the B4009. Taking care crossing the B4009, continue straight on into Woodcote Road and at the brow of the hill turn onto the footpath that is signposted on your left, this is Postman’s Path.

Follow the path across the field, looking out for skylarks and partridges, until you reach the first stile, here is a good place to take a rest and enjoy the views of the valley. To the north on a clear day you can just make out the outskirts of Oxford, Wittenham Clumps and to the south the North Downs. Continue to follow the path straight on across the next field towards Cameron’s Copse; at the next stile you will join the bridleway with Cameron’s Copse directly in front of you. The copse was built in memory of a well-respected local veterinary surgeon; a stone commemorating the event can be seen.

Follow the path through the copse and into the next field and continue for about ½ miles, cross the stile and follow the path until it meets the A4074. Taking care cross the A4074 and turn left for a short distance, walk on the wide grass verge (Do not walk on the road), before turning right towards Ipsden. Continue on this road, past Ipsden Farm, for about ½ miles before taking the bridleway on the left; by the flint wall. After about 250 yds take the footpath on your right, there is a stone seat just in front of you, and follow this path, as it becomes slightly wooded, until you reach the road.

Turn left (north) and proceed on the road until you reach a cross-roads, go straight across. After a short distance you will see a footpath on your right, follow this across the field until you reach the road.

At the road turn right (east) and continue until you reach the King William PH on your left.

This is the end of the walk. Enjoy your lunch!