Hawkesbury Upton - Bodkin Hazel Wood - Cotswold Way

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Hawkesbury Upton - Bodkin Hazel Wood - Cotswold Way - Hawkesbury Upton

The earliest reference to a settlement at Hawkesbury Upton, or Uptun as it was known, was in the 10th Century when it was given to Pershore Abbey. There are clues that it was originally founded as a town. This walk starts in the village at the Beaufort Arms, an award-winning real ale pub in a Grade II listed building that dates back to 1602.

The circular route showcases the charms of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are panoramic views across rolling arable farmland, before joining a section of the Cotswold Way that runs along Cotswold Edge, gazing across to the River Severn and the mountains of South Wales beyond. Butterflies and insects are readily seen in the hedgerows during the summer months.

Just before returning to Hawkesbury Upton, the route looks towards the Somerset Monument, which commemorates Lord Robert Edward Henry Somerset, one of the Badminton Beauforts, who served with exceptional gallantry as a general in the battle of Waterloo.

This walk can be combined with Walk 4800 for a longer route that takes in Hawkesbury.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

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Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport
01/08/2013 - Jeanette Potter

would not recommend this walk at the moment the footpath around the field at point 4 is mostly overgrown with plenty of nettles and brambles

28/04/2008 - Bernie Pottrell

My wife and I walked this route in late April, a perfect time to take photographs of the bluebells in Bodkin Hazel Wood. Whereas the route is very easy to follow, there are a couple of areas where the farmer has ploughed and planted, so a detour to the edge of the field was called for. I'm sure the views over the Edge are spectacular, we were unfortunate to get rained on just as we reached the best viewing points!! We'll certainly walk this route again, probably in the summer!

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