Cirencester - Stratton - Cirencester

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A fairly short and mostly flat walk, starting in Cirencester Park, which is a superb example of a forest-style garden. It was laid out in the 1700s and occupies 3,000 acres branching out from Cirencester. Although the park is privately owned, it is open to the public free of charge, by kind permission of the owner, Lord Bathurst.

The walk leads through the park, up long avenues and through woodland before emerging to head across fields to Stratton and the River Churn. A stretch of the river is followed back to Cirencester, which is the first tributary of the River Thames. Some have argued that this should be the River Thames itself, rather than a tributary, which would mean it would eclipse the Severn as the longest river in the country.

Finally, the walk weaves its way through the streets of Cirencester back to the start. 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.

The walk can be combined with either Walk 4621 or Walk 4744 to make a longer walk quite easily. Please note, dogs are not allowed in parts of Cirencester Park and consequently dogs cannot be taken on this walk. Also, the park is open every day from 8:00am to 5:00pm. You will be unable to start the walk outside of these hours.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Countryside

Features

Cafe, Church, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Mostly Flat, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, River, Woodland
25/09/2017 - Ian Mapp

Perfect short walk that's very well thought out. Nice to show where the free parking is and I would never have considered Cirencester Park without the recommendation. Loved coming back into the Town and the choice of entertainment/refreshment options available. Thanks very much Walkingworld. Some photos at my blog - http://mappiman.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/240917-cirencester-and-marlborough-arms.html

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