Northleach - Hampnett - Yanworth - Northleach

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Northleach is a classic Cotswold town right in the heart of the Cotswolds, just off the old Roman Fosse Way, at its junction with the A40. At the town's centre is the ancient Market Place with some wonderful half-timbered buildings and houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. During the 18th century, Northleach was a bustling coach stop on the busy London to Gloucester route. At one time there were 20 inns to serve the coach passengers - a number which seems hard to imagine given the size of the town today.

From Northleach, the walk heads across fields to Hampnett, a very small village that seems like a place forgotten by the passage of time, with golden-toned Cotswold cottages on a ridge, looking across a wonderfully idyllic landscape of hills and drystone walls.

The walk then heads into the Stowell Park estate, over 5,500 acres of grassland, arable and woodland on both banks of the river Coln, and includes Yanworth within its boundaries, another delightful Cotswold village, that the walk will pass through.

Saving the best for last, the walk will return to Northleach via The Church of St Peter and St Paul, one of the finest Cotswold wool churches. The church has been called 'The Cathedral of the Cotswolds', and with good reason.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds


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