Standish Woods - Westrip - Stonehouse - Standish Woods

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Standish Woods occupy a prominent position on top of the Cotswold Edge as it encircles an area of grassland at the bottom of the ridge. The first two kilometres of the walk are entirely in woods, following the Cotswold Way. There are occasional glimpses through the trees, where there are superb views across to Haresfield Beacon, the River Severn and beyond. Finally emerging from the woodland, a gradual descent is made, still following the Cotswold Way towards Stroud. There are great views of this small town that is situated at the meeting point of five valleys.

On reaching the outskirts of the town, the walk leaves the Cotswold Way and heads towards Stonehouse, climbing over the top and down the other side of Doverow Hill, a small hill separating the two towns, with woodland on top. From Stonehouse, the rest of the walk is across fields and grassland. The climb back up to the start of the walk is probably the best part of the walk, a gradual climb through fields with plenty of sheep, with the Cotswold Edge encircling you as it juts out to Haresfield Beacon.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

Features

Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Wildlife, Woodland
22/08/2017 - Robert Jervis

22/08/17 Bob Jervis - walk enjoyable but there are a lot of stiles, a number of which are quite overgrown and in need of cutting back. Please note that the post mentioned in section 30 is no longer there but you can see the post pictured in 31 so you shouldn't go wrong. We were also not able to use the footbridge in the section (30) but fortunately there was an open gate close by. Two quite steep walks, one early on in the walk and the last one at the end.

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