The Winchcombe Way is a 42-mile figure-of-eight trail centred on Winchcombe. The waymarked trail is designed to show walkers the hidden gems of the northern Cotswolds. The landscape is constantly changing and reveals historic houses and provides spectacular views.
The trail has been featured on the Chris Baxter morning show on Radio Gloucestershire. Chris walked the 42-mile trail over a weekend.
For a taster watch BBC TV Midlands today feature by clicking here.
Country Walking magazine quoted:
“Can anything make the Cotswolds more beautiful? Meet the brand new trail that’s aiming to try”.
The eastern loop climbs out of Winchcombe and follows the Farmcote valley before entering Guiting Wood. From here it passes through quiet valleys and the tranquil villages of Cutsdean, Taddington and Snowshill. The route turns and follows the Cotswold escarpment through the villages of Buckland, Laverton and Stanton nestling at the bottom of the hill. The trail passes Stanway House and the recently restored watermill before passing Hailes Abbey on the return to Winchcombe.
The western loop ascends Langley Hill with splendid views before dropping down into Gretton and across to Alderton. From here the trail skirts around Dumbleton Hill with ever changing views before heading to Alstone. From Alstone the views ahead of wooded hills inspires one to climb Nottingham Hill and onto Cleeve Common. The vast common has rare plants and spectacular views before you head to Belas Knap long barrow and descend towards Winchcombe with fine views of Sudeley Castle and the surrounding countryside.
An official guide is available to accompany the route. The guide has detailed maps showing paths and refreshment stops together with clear instructions on following the way marked route. The route is broken down into sections allowing many parts of the route to be walked as a circular walk.
Please send a cheque for £5:60 (including P&P), payable to “Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome”, c/o
31 Delavale Road
Alternatively, copies may be obtained from the following outlets:
|Alderton:||Winchcombe Camping & Caravanning Site|
|Bishop’s Cleeve:||Courtyard Books, Tarling’s Yard|
|Broadway:||Blandford Books, 39 High Street|
|Tourist Information Centre, Cotswold Court|
|Cheltenham:||Tourist Information Centre, The Promenade|
|Gretton:||The Royal Oak|
|Stanton:||The Mount Inn|
|Tewkesbury:||Alison’s Bookshop, 138 High Street|
|Tourist Information Centre, 100 Church Street|
|Upton upon Severn:||The Map Shop, High Street|
|Winchcombe:||Tourist Information Centre|
|Keelings Newsagents, High Street|
|Food Fanatics Delicatessen, North Street|
|The Wesley Restaurant|
To view some maps, aerial photography, pictures and elevations:
please click here to see the GPS Cycle & Walking Resources website
Two GPS files are available for the trail – one each for the Western and Eastern loops.
Please click on the relevant link to download the free file