We continued to follow the wall of the estate, and soon found ourselves separated from the road and once again walking across fields where we were greeted by the sight of a rabbit sprinting to her burrow. After attempting to recall as many of the words of Bilbo’s (via Tolkien) The Road Goes Ever On and On, we once again met up with the road. Uncertain, however, as to whether or not the road led into town, and knowing the wall (eventually) would, we decided to continue to walk along its perimeter. As a result, we soon found ourselves between a rock wall and a prickly fence, which blocked the way to the road.
Between a rock wall and a prickly place
At this point, we began to wonder how far we had walked, and so scrambled up the wall a little ways to see if we could see the victory pillar. We couldn’t. The only thing in sight was a small wood. At this observation, we concluded that in exiting the gate, we had somehow ended up in some other world, albeit one with cars. With nothing else to guide us, we continued to follow the wall, now through some pretty dense foliage.
Finally, the fence separating us from the road ended, and walking out to the street, we found a sign welcoming us back to Woodstock.
Laura bravely leads the way
We took the road back into town, and rewarded ourselves with tea at The Bear (Couldn't find a link).
Then, appropriately tired, we took the bus back into Oxford.
Our journey across and around the estate, marked in orange. All told, we walked over 5 miles.