Chipping Sodbury - Old Sodbury - Little Sodbury - Chipping Sodbury

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Chipping Sodbury is a medieval market town, which was created by William Cassius, Lord Sodbury in 1227, when he decided to build a new town on the western end of his lands. It was modelled on a typical medieval pattern, with one of the widest high streets in England.
From the town , the walk starts by following the Frome Valley Walk to a small village at the foot of the Cotswold Escarpment. It lies on an old coaching route, and is much more ancient than its neighbour, hence the name Old Sodbury.
Joining the Cotswold Way from here, the walk climbs up the Cotswold escarpment to visit an Iron Age hill fort, which accounts for most of the height gain on the walk. An area of 11 acres is enclosed within double ramparts on three sides.
After passing through the centre of the hill fort, the walk descends back down the escarpment into the historical village of Little Sodbury. The manor house, with its quite outstanding 15th-century Great Hall, played host to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; and William Tyndale, the first man to translate the bible into English, was employed here as a tutor and chaplain in 1521. The return to Chipping Sodbury is made via Sodbury Common, where cattle are free to roam over a large area.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

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Ancient Monument, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Sea, Toilets, Woodland

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