Minchinhampton, Amberley and Minchinhampton Common

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Minchinhampton, Box, Amberley and Minchinhampton Common

Minchinhampton Common is a huge area of open grassland which sits proudly on a hilltop above the Cotswold escarpment. It is a really important archaeological landscape, with prehistoric field systems, burial mounds and the remains of a defensive earthworks. Cows are free to roam over the common and the roads across it every year from May to November. They have even been known to wander into the unspoilt Cotswold villages that surround it. A golf course also straddles the common today and care should be taken to watch out for golfers when walking across the common.

The walk explores the common, the villages that surround it - Minchinhampton, Box and Amberley - and heads off the edge of the common partially down the hill across fields and through woodland. Minchinhampton is the largest of the villages, with 17th Century market-house and church with a distinctive truncated spire. Amberley has a higgledy-piggledy network of streets and passages, which are full of surprises as you turn every corner.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

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Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
15/04/2018 - R T Holmes

An interesting walk but one is never out sight or hearing of habitation, which may be a drawback for some. There have been some changes since the instructions were written. Close attention to the OS map is needed and we found a good GPS outfit extremely useful. At waypoint 22 the picture is misleading. The 'track' is heavily overgrown and there only remains a narrow path which has been severely eroded by water making the climb a little difficult.

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