Hawkesbury and Horton

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Nov 19
2022

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£12.50
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14km (just under 9 miles) and approximately 238m total ascent. Easy/medium difficulty

The first part of todays 14km 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 Wickwar, 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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Photo Credits: All photos taken by Colin Day and permission is granted to OutdoorLads for further use.

View towards Alveston from Hopton Camp
Hopton Camp Hill Fort from the fields below
Lower Woods Nature Reserve
Folly just below Hopton Camp hill fort with ODL members
path through Walk Wood above Hopton Court
Horton Court (Wolf Hall in the TV series) behind the trees from the hillside above
View towards Alveston from Hopton Camp
Hopton Camp Hill Fort from the fields below
Lower Woods Nature Reserve
Folly just below Hopton Camp hill fort with ODL members
path through Walk Wood above Hopton Court
Horton Court (Wolf Hall in the TV series) behind the trees from the hillside above

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