Cotswold Way - Wandering to Winchcombe

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Sep 28
2019

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12 miles of hilly terrain - approx. 550m total ascent

The stunning 102-mile Cotswold Way national trail runs from Bath to Chipping Campden, through the UK's largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This day walk takes in a glorious section between Cheltenham and Winchcombe with a return trip by heritage railway.

The first section of the walk gives a taste of things to come - surprisingly long hills! Climbing away from the racecourse towards Cleeve Common at the top of the escarpment, we'll enjoy great views back down to Cheltenham, across the Severn valley to Gloucester and up to the Malverns to the north west. In part thanks to the nature reserve here there's usually plenty of wildlife to enjoy too (if we're quiet enough).

Further on the route passes Belas Knap, a Neolithic long barrow consisting of four burial chambers. More than 30 skeletons weren't found at the site. Little is known about life here around 3600 BC but it's clear that there was organised, civilised settlement in the area long before the chocolate box cottages of Escape to the Country fame.

As the path starts the descent there'll be glimpses of the magnificent Sudeley Castle, originally built in the 14th century, before we arrive at the picturesque village of Winchcombe with its variety of characterful buildings. After a short look around we'll walk the last mile to the station to catch the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (diesel service) back to our start point. Remember this is a linear walk and you'll need the train fare for the return (currently £8).

Additional photo credits:

Strip lynchets and steam train near Hailes - cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Roger Davies - geograph.org.uk/p/1292823

View south along the escarpment of Cleeve Cloud - cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Tim Heaton - geograph.org.uk/p/5844441

On the Cotswold Way - View to St Peter's Church, Winchcombe - cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Colin Park - geograph.org.uk/p/5618979

North portal of Belas Knap long barrow - cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Jeremy Bolwell - geograph.org.uk/p/1195159

Bench on Cleeve Common with view over countryside
View from Cleeve Common, Cotswold Way, Gloucestershire
Belas Knap long barrow, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
View from the Cotswold Way to Winchcombe church
Steam train on Gloucestershire  Warwickshire railway
Bench on Cleeve Common with view over countryside
View from Cleeve Common, Cotswold Way, Gloucestershire
Belas Knap long barrow, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
View from the Cotswold Way to Winchcombe church
Steam train on Gloucestershire  Warwickshire railway

Location

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