This is a pleasant walk exploring the pretty Oxfordshire village of Stanton St. John and surrounding countryside. The trail includes a visit to the 12th century Norman church, Saint John the Baptist, and a circuit of Stanton Great Wood to the east of the village. A short stroll suitable for the whole family.
The trail starts at The Talkhouse Inn on the south east corner of the village.
• Walk up Middle Road past the village shop to the church.
• Take the footpath directly opposite the entrance to the church keeping the hedgerow on your left. At the end of the tree-line continue forward across the open field. The path then bears left alongside the hedge before joining Mill Street. When you reach the road turn right, pass a footpath on your left and follow the road as it bends to the right.
• Leave the road via the footpath on your right, shortly after passing the last of the buildings. Follow the path as it makes a circuit of Stanton Great Wood. At the south-west corner continue across the field heading back towards the village.
• Keep to the right side of the hedgerow that borders the back of the houses before turning left into Hillcraft Road. At the end of the road turn left into Middle Road and return to The Talkhouse Inn.