Church Westcote - Nether Westcote - Icombe - Church Westcote

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This superb little walk is in the wonderful Cotswolds, naturally beautiful and unspoilt. The two little villages of Church Westcote and Nether Westcote are barely separated, both of them charming with their lovely stone dwellings.

The route soon takes a bridleway, leafy and enclosed, affording a few glimpses over far-reaching countryside when there are gaps through the hedges and trees. A footpath running parallel for a short section is the choice of route to avoid the wet mud underfoot that is the result of natural springs, rejoining the bridleway to reach Westcote Brook.

The walk continues on paths through meadows with a rich profusion of flowers and grasses, some of the species not often seen. The views from the top of an incline are of wide vistas over marvellous landscape. The little church at Icombe is a joy, one of the perfect gems of a typical Cotswold village setting. You have the choice to explore the village further, or retrace your steps to continue our route, which is for the rest of the way back to Church Westcote, gloriously rural and outstandingly beautiful.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Pub, Wildlife
04/04/2021 - John Merrick

Potentially a good route but, I would advise, only between late Spring and early Autumn. Much of the walking is on bridleways and these have been macerated by the horse walkers to a point where human footfall is at best unpleasant and often dangerous. We walked the paths in early April after two weeks of dry weather so the ground had dried out somewhat but this had left razor sharp holes and ridges that required an ‘eyes downward’ navigation style, a real distraction from viewing the scenery. I should add that an official footpath diversion now exists between Waypoints 7 & 8. The map depicts a fairly linear route between these points but the diversion has introduced a dog leg, guiding you around the perimeter rather than across the meadow. Not difficult to navigate but be aware that the description is no longer quite correct.

07/09/2014 - Barry Hood

07/09/14 A lovely sunny day and a great walk in the heart of the Cotswolds. Good instructions and easy to follow pathways. Excellent.

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