When reading the Seven Shires Way, please note that the following updates now apply:
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Day Six Revision due to changed road construction (revised 25/3/2019)
Change page 50 from line 10 to line 7 on page 51
The revised route is: Pass Roundhill Farm on your left, continue for 0.1 miles to turn right at the road junction, to go ahead to cross the A43 bridge, turn left onto a service road and continue for 0.3 miles to a footpath into woodland on your right, which is 50 yards past a milestone marked ‘Brackley 4, Oxford 17’. Leave the wood via a stile into a grass field. Find a stile ahead which is between the third and fourth large trees from the left corner of the field. Cross Tusmore cricket field (E 120º). On reaching the high garden wall bear left onto a track to turn left, at the ‘T’ junction, then turn right for 0.1 miles to a waymarked bridleway post, opposite Tusmore House.
BOX Tusmore House
As Pevsner in his guide says, ‘This is a remarkably convincing pastiche, New Georgian in the grand manner, built for the Syrian financier Wafic Saïd.’ The previous fine house, lived in by the 2nd Lord Bicester, was demolished. This house is built of creamy limestone with a monumental portico. The Georgian stables on the right of the houses survive, also the Motor House dated 1903 and behind it is a remarkable timber-framed granary with dovecote dated to the late 16th century. It stands on staddle stones.
From the waymark go ENE (72º) on a mown grass bridleway towards the corner of the park plantation to meet a red-coloured track and follow it to reach the obelisk on your right (0.6 miles).
BOX – OBELISK
The obelisk at the end of the avenue is annotated on four sides. On the south and west sides it is in Arabic script, on the north side, ‘By the Grace of God’, on the east is ‘In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II 2 June 2012’. Between Tusmore House and the obelisk where the bridleway meets the red track is a magnificent tree which has a 30 foot girth at ground level. Last year’s crop of seeds lie below on the ground. These seed pods are round balls covered in bristles and are about 1 ¼ inches in diameter. It looks rather like a sweet chestnut, but we could not identify it for sure.
100 yards on, at a high wire net fence, turn left onto a path through woodland. Leave the wood over a footbridge and continue ahead to reach the Cottisford Road. Cross it to continue to Juniper Hill as on page 51, line 7 of the SSW publication.