Rainbow Inn - Route 1

Not a long walk but with some quite steep sections.

Technical sheet
No. 5519930
A Bix and Assendon walk posted on 24/02/21 by The Brakspear Pub Trails. Update : 25/02/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h25[?]
Distance Distance : 4.35mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 482ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 482ft
Highest point Highest point : 453ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 167ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Chiltern Hills
Location Location : Bix and Assendon
Starting point Starting point : N 51.56584° / W 0.93535°
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Description

(D/A) Turn right from the pub car park and then left into Fawley Bottom Lane. Walk past the right turn into Mill Close and then turn right on a footpath which rises steeply for 1km.

(1) Cross the road and follow the footpath (Oxfordshire Way) opposite which descends to pass Henley Park.

(2) At the cross-track, shortly after Henley Park, turn right and follow the path which descends to Lower Assendon. Turn left and follow the road to meet the main A4130.

(3) Cross the main road and turn right for a few yards before turning left on a footpath which skirts the left hand edge of a cemetery. Climb quite steeply for 400 metres and then turn right on a well-defined path. Follow this path for 500 metres and then turn right where the tracks cross. After 700 metres the path meets a road. Go straight ahead on the road to pass Bix Manor and on the opposite side of the road there in the restored Water Tank.

(4) On reaching the main road (A4130), cross it with care, then continuing in the same direction walk along the minor road opposite Bix Church. Walk diagonally across Bix Common from the Church to a road.

(5) Turn right and walk down White Lane for roughly 300metres and then turn right on to a footpath marked by a fingerpost, and follow the path downhill until you reach the B480. Turn left and return to the Rainbow Inn. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 200ft - Rainbow Inn
1 : mi 0.67 - alt. 440ft - Dobsons Lane
2 : mi 1.33 - alt. 341ft - Henley Park
3 : mi 1.98 - alt. 174ft - A4130
4 : mi 3.45 - alt. 427ft - A4130
5 : mi 3.81 - alt. 443ft - White Lane
D/A : mi 4.35 - alt. 200ft - Rainbow Inn

Useful Information

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During the walk or to do/see around

Henley Park was a medieval deer park and the house was once the dower house for Fawley Court.

Bix Manor is a 17th century house with alterations dating from 19th and 20th centuries. It is now popular as a wedding and functions venue.

The Water Tank at Bix was constructed in 1895. Water has always been scarce in the Chilterns but during the second half of the 19th Century, it was discovered that a lack of clean drinking water was not just an inconvenience, but the cause of significant and often fatal diseases such as cholera. Consequently, efforts were made to improve the water supply. After the advent of piped water, the tank fell into disuse and became derelict but was eventually restored between 1998 and 2002. Boris Johnson MP took part in the commemoration ceremony.

In 1875 St James’ Church at Bix replaced the tiny ruined Church at Bix Bottom.

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