Chedworth and Chedworth Roman Villa

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Chedworth is a sprawling Cotswold village spread out along the sides of a valley, which extends for almost two miles along a tributary of the River Coln. Much of this walk is in the village itself, but this involves walking across fields, alongside a stream at the bottom of the valley, through woodland and occasionally returning to the village itself, with typical Cotswold architecture and narrow streets.

The walk takes you past the one and only pub in the village, the Seven Tuns, which dates back to 1610 and said to be named from its seven chimney pots, rather than the more traditional beer casks. Often described as 'the happiest pub in the Cotswolds', the Seven Tuns is full of smiles, beams, bare floorboards, stone walls and a separate games room.

Away from the village, the walk heads through Chedworth Woods and follows the River Coln to Chedworth Roman Villa, which is one of the largest in the country. The site was excavated in 1864 and it still has a Victorian feel to it. Over a mile of walls survive and there are several fine mosaics, two bathhouses, hypocausts, a water-shrine and latrine.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Church, Great Views, Museum, National Trust, Pub, River, Wildlife, Woodland
03/07/2016 - Noel and Lesley Johnson

We walked this on 2rd July 2016 and enjoyed it. Varied and interesting. The directions are pretty good but there are lots of paths in this area so best pay attention to map as well. As can be expected at this time of year there is a lot of vegetation - take care at waymark 25 to locate the gap in trees - the path was overgrown but navigable, otherwise no real problems. At waymark 30 there is now a conventional footpath post/sign. Great!

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