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Cirencester was an important Roman city - the second largest in Britain at the time, after London. It is now only considered a small town, but has retained much of its charm from its historic past.
In Cirencester itself, you can absorb the grandeur of the town and visit many of the main attractions. You will walk through the abbey grounds, containing the site of St Mary's Abbey which was destroyed in the 16th Century. The remains of the town wall and the Norman arch can be seen in the grounds. The walk also passes the Roman amphitheatre, consisting of a large oval arena with steeply sloping, banked sides. Finally you will walk through a short section of Cirencester Park, a superb example of a forest-style garden, which was laid out in the 1700s and occupies 3,000 acres branching out from Cirencester. If you want to see more of the park, this walk can be easily combined with Walk 4744, entirely within the grounds of the park. There is some overlap between the two walks, so combining them results in an eight-mile walk.
Cirencester Park is privately owned and access is given to the public from 8am to 5pm every day. You will not be able to complete this walk outside these times. It can easily be tackled with a wheelchair or buggy; the paths are of excellent quality throughout and there are no stiles at all.
England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Town or city
Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Church, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Good for Wheelchairs, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets
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