Sapperton - Edgeworth - Sapperton

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A circular walk in a quiet part of the Cotswolds away from the main Cotswold ridge. Instead, the walk climbs in and out of several steep sided valleys, which cut into the ridge. Two attractive, but very different Cotswold villages are visited - Sapperton, where the walk starts is a fairly compact village, sitting at the top of the Frome Valley into which the walk will descend after leaving the village. Edgeworth is quite a small village, but spread over a large area, as there are pockets of countryside and woodland intermingled with the village. The walk also passes through just a small part of the Bathurst Estate, which is a huge country estate that extends all the way to Cirencester.

The walk will re-enter the Frome Valley towards the end at the popular Daneway pub. From here, the river and Thames and Severn Canal are followed until it enters the Sapperton Canal Tunnel, after which it climbs back up the valley into the village. The canal is currently disused, but it is currently being restored at the Stroud end. There are no immediate plans to restore this section of the canal, but it may come in the future.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

Features

Church, Flowers, Industrial Archaeology, Pub, Wildlife, Woodland
18/06/2016 - doron boone

The walk from Sapperton was overgrown and very muddy/slippery and after about 20 minutes of misery we abandoned the walk and chose another route via a bridleway instead. Very disappointed.

22/06/2014 - Jane Lewis

The best walk we have done, by some way. We went on a glorious June day, which was a perfect time to go. There are interesting elements from start to finish, from polo, orchids and other wild flowers, beautiful isolated Cotswold valleys, varied and surprising Cotswold architecture, to fascinating remains of the Thames and Severn Canal - all with rarely another walker in sight and little time on roads. One or two muddy bits and some partly overgrown with nettles and brambles, but all passable when we went. A variation that adds more beauty (and about 1km) to the walk: instead of taking the "fainter path" at step 26, keep straight on and follow the path as it weaves through the valley until you arrive at a bridge over the old canal. Go over the bridge, then turn left and follow the canal path until you come to a footbridge back over the canal. Go over that, turn right and walk on what is now the other side of the canal, until you come out on the road by The Daneway pub, at point 28, where you can continue as before. The Daneway is a wonderful location to stop on a sunny day to enjoy a good pint and food.

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