This walk offers both a linear and circular walk with some ascent. Heading out from Winchcombe along the Cotswold Way to Belas Knap before returning via the Sudeley Valley. Lovely views of the town, Sudeley Castle and the surrounding countryside.
Distance: 5.5 miles/ 8.8 km
Duration: 2 – 2.75 hours
Difficulty: Moderate but some steep sections
Start/finish: Back Lane car park, Winchcombe (Grid Ref: SP 023/284)
£1 all day. Toilets 20p in car park.
OS maps: Outdoor Leisure 45,
Ascent: 771 feet / 235 metres
Leave Back Lane car park via the far corner pedestrian access into Cowl Lane. Turn right and follow the road to the High Street. Turn right and walk along Abbey Terrace until you are opposite Vineyard Street.
Carefully cross the road and continue down Vineyard Street, cross the bridge and shortly turn right through a gate waymarked the Cotswold Way. Follow the Cotswold Way straight across the field to another gate and continue for approx 450 metres until you reach a road, Corndean Lane A. Turn left along the road for 300 metres and turn right through a gate waymarked Cotswold Way.
Follow the tarmac drive as it rises past the cricket pitch. Shortly after a horse dressage training area, go through the gate on your left and follow the Cotswold Way up the hill, noting the fine views back towards Winchcombe and beyond.
At the top of the field, pass through the gate and go down a short ramp to a T-junction of minor roads B. Here you can take a slightly shorter route to Belas Knap.
See ‘Cotswold Way route to Belas Knap’ at end of the route description.
WWaW hope you enjoy the walk, however the walk is undertaken at your sole risk and WWaW have no responsibility for loss, damage, injury or interpretation. Every possible care has been taken to ensure the information given was accurate at the time of creation.