Wotton-under-Edge - North Nibley - Wotton-under-Edge

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Wotton-under-Edge - Tyndale Monument - North Nibley - Wotton-under-Edge

Wotton-under-Edge is so called from its position sitting at the bottom of a steep-sided valley which cuts into the Cotswold Edge. Unlike many Cotswolds country towns in which the parish church, marketplace and principal buildings lie close to one another, Wotton-under-Edge has no recognised centre point. Its church and the Chipping, or old marketplace, are nearly half a mile apart.

The walk climbs up one side of the valley to the Tyndale Monument, which sits proudly at the top of the hill and standing 111 feet high, can be seen for miles around. It was built in honour of William Tyndale, who translated the New Testament into English and is believed to have been born at North Nibley, at the bottom of the hill where the walk heads off to next. It is possible to enter and climb to the top of the tower for a small charge, up a spiral staircase of about 120 steps.

On the opposite side of the hill to Wotton is North Nibley, a small but lively village, which has its own annual music festival. As well as being the bithplace of William Tyndale, it is also well-known for being the site of the last battle to be fought on English soil between private armies in 1469 or 1470. There is also a pub, the Black Horse, which would be a great place to stop for food and drink at about the halfway point of the walk.

From North Nibley, the walk climbs back up the hill, returning to Wotton via a different and less direct route. Much of the walk is in woodland, but it does emerge into open fields, giving stunning views over Wotton-under-Edge and from the other side of the hill, across the Severn Valley.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds

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Ancient Monument, Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, Wildlife, Woodland

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