Miserden - Duntisbourne Abbots - Winstone - Miserden

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This walk starts from the picturesque village of Miserden, high in the Cotswolds. Initially the walk follows a high-level route along the edge of arable fields. There are fine views across wooded hillsides. We then head downhill through pasture and woodland to a peaceful, grassy valley. After crossing a stream and a damp wildflower meadow the route heads uphill through more woodland to arable fields at the top. A long track leads to the pretty village of Duntisbourne Abbots.

From the village we go downhill again for a short distance to reach a lovely grassy valley. We walk along the bottom of this valley, which very gradually goes uphill again to reach Winstone. After crossing a couple of meadows we soon reach a lodge at the edge of Miserden Park. The route passes through the lodge gates and along a drive, then down through woodland to reach a peaceful lake hidden in the wooded valley below Miserden Village. This is an excellent picnic spot. Then we climb up through pasture back to the road near the village. On the way up there are lovely views across the valley to the restored Jacobean manor-house and gardens.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
01/06/2018 - Mark Harris

Completed this walk on a bank holiday Monday, lovely walk. We do echo the comment by Judith that the decent into the woods was quite steep and slippery - point 4, so a bit of caution is necessary. There is another decent after you pass the scout camp from the long driveway, point 8 which again needs a bit of caution. Following on from the lake the hill is quite steep so be prepared. A lot of the fields are arable so there are some spots that you can have a dog off lead for a good run around and sniff.

29/01/2017 - Judith Rouse

A beautiful and varied walk. Did it after heavy rain so at point 4 the steep walk down through the wood was extremely slippery and we were glad of our poles. Also at point 8 during this winter there is extensive wood felling going on, so for a few hundred yards the track is a quagmire. Apart from that the instructions are easy to follow and the footpaths well marked.

25/09/2015 - R T Holmes

Excellent walk with clear and accurate instructions. However, the access instructions should say 'take a left fork to Miserden' not a right one!

10/05/2015 - Jenny Beal

Very sorry, Michael. You are absolutely right - it's just over 6 miles. I've now corrected it. I'm not sure how I made that mistake as it was correct in my own file which I used to create the on-line version. Walk difficulty seems to be a tricky issue. It all depends on what you are used to. I'm not very fit myself, but it doesn't feel like hard work to me. However, living round here I'm used to hills. It's worth looking at height gain to get a better idea. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the walk.

04/05/2015 - Michael Dearden

We did this walk today and it is interesting and varied. Lunch afterwards at the Carpenters arms is a bonus. However it is in fact 6.0 miles long and has two lengthy and steep ups and downs. We were doing a recce for our walking groups and some of the less fit would have struggled somewhat!

26/02/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Geraldine Keeping for her correction to this walk. February 2012. Adrian (Admin)

25/02/2012 - Geraldine Keeping

This was a lovely walk. We went for a drink at The Carpenters Arms in Miserden, thoroughly recommend it, friendly atmosphere.

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