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The Cotswold Way

 

P20047291046	Broadway Tower.
     
P20047270852	The view from Leckhampton Hill.
P20047291046 Broadway Tower.
     
P20047270852 The view from Leckhampton Hill.

 

Background

The Cotswold Way is a 100-mile walk, which heads northwards along the Cotswold escarpment. It is not an easy walk, but the exhertion is well rewarded with some superb views.

The path is not yet an official National Trail, although I put it in this section as it is soon to become one, and work to do this was obvious as I walked along it. On the way from Bath to Chipping Campden it passes many historic sites, including burial mounds, neolithic hill forts and even a Civil War battlefield. It passes through many picturesque villages and towns, many replete with superb buildings made out of the golden Cotswold stone.

It is not a walk that is ideally camped; most of the land is not very remote and campsite on the Way are few and far between, and although it is possible to wild camp I would not really reccomend it; leave wild camping for more remote areas and use B&B's as a base from which to explore the beautiful villages in the evening.

The map.

 

P20047280892	The view along the western edge of Cleeve Common.
     
P20047260729	Descending from Cam Long Down towards Hodgecombe Farm.
P20047280892 The view along the western edge of Cleeve Common.
     
P20047260729 Descending from Cam Long Down towards Hodgecombe Farm.


The walk statistics:

Planned Completed To do Percentage completed
Distance 102.8 miles102.8 miles0 miles100 %
Legs 6 6 0 100 %

 
Total duration of walk 1 days, 23 hours and 28 minutes
Stopped time 7 hours and 0 minutes
Shortest completed leg Stanton to Chipping Campden at 10.4 miles
Longest completed leg Tormarton to Dursley at 19.9 miles
Average distance per leg 17.13 miles

 


The walk in full:

No.From To Distance Status
1 Bath Abbey Tormarton 17.8 Completed
2 Tormarton Dursley 19.9 Completed
3 Dursley Painswick 16.7 Completed
4 Painswick Dowdeswell Reservoir 18.2 Completed
5 Dowdeswell Reservoir Stanton 19.8 Completed
6 Stanton Chipping Campden 10.4 Completed


Further information

If you want more details of the path, then have a look at the following book. I used this book throught my walk, and it proved to be invaluable.

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More Cotswold Way photos

 

P20047290990	Houses in Stanton.
     
P20047290998	A track near Laverton Hill Barn.
P20047290990 Houses in Stanton.
     
P20047290998 A track near Laverton Hill Barn.

 

P20047291000	Flowers in a field near Burhill iron age fort.
     
P20047291018	Broadway.
P20047291000 Flowers in a field near Burhill iron age fort.
     
P20047291018 Broadway.

 

P20047291022	The view back towards Broadway from the climb up to Broadway Tower.
     
P20047291039	The view from Broadway Tower.
P20047291022 The view back towards Broadway from the climb up to Broadway Tower.
     
P20047291039 The view from Broadway Tower.

 

P20047240536	The Royal Crescent.
     
P20047240600	Cold Ashton church.
P20047240536 The Royal Crescent.
     
P20047240600 Cold Ashton church.

 

P20047291057	The path at the end of the Mile Drive.
     
P20047291085	The Market Hall in Chipping Campden.
P20047291057 The path at the end of the Mile Drive.
     
P20047291085 The Market Hall in Chipping Campden.

 

P20047291089	Chipping Campden.
     
P20047280876	The path near Ham Lane.
P20047291089 Chipping Campden.
     
P20047280876 The path near Ham Lane.

 

P20047280882	Heading north along the Cotswold Way past Happy Valley.
     
P20047280899	The trig point on Cleeve Common.
P20047280882 Heading north along the Cotswold Way past Happy Valley.
     
P20047280899 The trig point on Cleeve Common.

 

P20047280908	The ascent out of the Washpool Valley.
     
P20047280940	The descent down into Winchcombe near Wadfield Farm.
P20047280908 The ascent out of the Washpool Valley.
     
P20047280940 The descent down into Winchcombe near Wadfield Farm.

 

P20047280952	Winchcombe.
     
P20047280957	The path leading towards Hailes.
P20047280952 Winchcombe.
     
P20047280957 The path leading towards Hailes.

 

P20047280982	The path between Stanway and Stanton.
     
P20047270811	Looking towards the trig point on Painswick Hill.
P20047280982 The path between Stanway and Stanton.
     
P20047270811 Looking towards the trig point on Painswick Hill.

 

P20047270830	The view from the path leading from Birdlip to Birdlip Peak.
     
P20047270834	Looking downhill from the Barrow Wake viewpoint car park.
P20047270830 The view from the path leading from Birdlip to Birdlip Peak.
     
P20047270834 Looking downhill from the Barrow Wake viewpoint car park.

 

P20047270840	The view from Crickley Hill.
     
P20047270862	Looking along the edge of Hartley Hill.
P20047270840 The view from Crickley Hill.
     
P20047270862 Looking along the edge of Hartley Hill.

 

P20047270868	The path descending down Ravensgate Hill.
     
P20047260711	Dursley market house.
P20047270868 The path descending down Ravensgate Hill.
     
P20047260711 Dursley market house.

 

P20047260719	The view from the summit of Peaked Down.
     
P20047260749	The Stroudwater Canal north of Kings Stanley.
P20047260719 The view from the summit of Peaked Down.
     
P20047260749 The Stroudwater Canal north of Kings Stanley.

 

P20047260762	Looking southwestwards from near Haresfield Beacon.
     
P20047260770	The trig point on Haresfield Beacon.
P20047260762 Looking southwestwards from near Haresfield Beacon.
     
P20047260770 The trig point on Haresfield Beacon.

 

P20047260785	The lych gate by Painswick church.
     
P20047260803	Painswick.
P20047260785 The lych gate by Painswick church.
     
P20047260803 Painswick.

 

P20047250627	Sodbury Camp, an iron age hill fort.
     
P20047250641	Looking towards the Somerset Monument.
P20047250627 Sodbury Camp, an iron age hill fort.
     
P20047250641 Looking towards the Somerset Monument.

 

P20047250674	Looking towards Brackenbury Ditches hill-fort.
     
P20047250693	The view from Stinchcombe Hill.
P20047250674 Looking towards Brackenbury Ditches hill-fort.
     
P20047250693 The view from Stinchcombe Hill.

 

P20047250704	The view from Tubbs Shelter.
     
P20047240524	Bath Abbey.
P20047250704 The view from Tubbs Shelter.
     
P20047240524 Bath Abbey.

 

P20047240558	The trig point on Penn Hill.
     
P20047240575	A view from Kelston Round Hill.
P20047240558 The trig point on Penn Hill.
     
P20047240575 A view from Kelston Round Hill.

 

P20047240607	A pond on the way to Dyrham.
     
P20047240608	Dyrham House.
P20047240607 A pond on the way to Dyrham.
     
P20047240608 Dyrham House.

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