Hawkesbury and Hopton (Tier TBD)
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The first part of todays 14km (Tier 3) walk takes us from the Cotswold village of Hawkesbury Upton, where we head out along the Cotswold Way passing close to the Grade I listed 16th century manor house of Horton Court, which has featured in both BBC TV's Poldark and Wolf Hall dramas. Horton Court also incorporates a 12th century Norman Hall, built by Robert de Bellafago, however this is hidden from view within it's walls.
From here we visit the Iron Age hill fort of Horton Camp, with it's steep natural defences on it's South and West elevations, and a 3 meter embankment to the West and East, where we should (weather permitting) get far reaching views across South Gloucestershire out towards Wicwar, Alveston and the Severn Bridge.
We then drop down into the village of Horton and then across the fields to our lunch stop in the ancient woodland of the Lower Woods Nature Reserve. After lunch the route continues through the woods down to the Little Avon River, across Hawkesbury Common, before climbing back up the hill to our start point.
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What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking.
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: Proper walking trousers. Breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Food & drink
Please bring snacks for energy, plenty of water for hydration and a packed lunch. There is a village shop in Hawkesbury Upton where you can purchase snacks etc