Wickwar - Hawkesbury - Wickwar

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Wickwar displays the characteristics of a market town with a wide High Street and 18th Century fronted houses. The village prospered through the woollen industry until it went into decline in the 18th Century. Malting and brewing then started to develop and although the original breweries in the village have long gone, the tradition continues to this day at the Wickwar Brewing Company, which has been brewing real ales since 1990.

From Wickwar, the walk to Hawkesbury and the route back again takes you through Lower Woods Nature Reserve, an ancient woodland dating from prehistoric times. The great size of the woodland at 700 acres and its age, has allowed it to develop and sustain a large diversity of wildlife. A visit to Lower Woods is to go back in time to what is still a mediaeval landscape.

The walk finally emerges from the woodland onto an equally ancient common, which leads to the foot of the Cotswold escarpment and the quiet, pretty village of Hawkesbury, which couldn't be more different from Wickwar at the start of the walk.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds


Church, Flowers, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland
7/2/2011 - Barbara Howcroft

We did this walk at the end of June 11 while on holiday in Somerset. Just to point out that between waymarkers 10 and 12 it is very, very muddy!! We think that horses going down the track have churned it up. But also the lack of sunlight does not help. Barbara, Jeff, Kathryn & Millie the dog.

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