Bisley - Bournes Green - Eastcombe - Bisley

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Bisley is a large village in the folds of the hills at the head of the Toadsmoor Valley, which is full of beautifully proportioned yet higgledy-piggledy cottages. It is full of character, with many historical features. The walk takes you through the heart of the village and then heads across fields to Eastcombe, which is another attractive Cotswold village, but much more spread out across a hillside. The walk appears to leave the village into woodland on a couple of occasions, only to emerge back into it again.

The return descends into the Toadsmoor Valley and follows it back to Bisley, following a different route through the village this time, passing the church and village lock-up, which consists of two cells that were in use until the 1850s. Drunks were kept overnight and petty criminals were detained before appearing before the magistrate in the courthouse, which is probably now the Bear Inn. There is a choice of pubs on the walk, the Stirrup Cup and Bear Inn at Bisley and the King's Head between Bournes Green and Eastcombe. All serve food and the King's Head in particular makes children very welcome - there is a children's play area and separate children's room.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

Features

Church, Good for Kids, Hills or Fells, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, River, Woodland

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