Wotton-under-Edge - Charfield - Kingsbridge - Wotton-under-Edge

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Wotton-under-Edge is a historic town, built on the prosperity of the wool trade, which sits nestling under the Cotswold escarpment. The town has many historic buildings and attractions; you will see the Tolsey Clock attached to the Tolsey building early on in the walk, which has been in place since Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

The walk is mostly flat, with just one fairly steep climb towards the end. It heads along the bottom of the Cotswold Edge, beneath the shadow of the Tyndale Monument, which sits prominently on top of the hill and can be seen for much of the walk.

The walk passes through two villages: Charfield is a fairly modern village, with a pub, The Pear Tree, conveniently placed at about the halfway point and well worth a visit. Then you will come to Kingswood, which is a much older village and once the site of an important Cistercian abbey. It was one of the last monastic buildings to be constructed in England and today, all that survives is the fine 16th Century gatehouse that once controlled access to the monastery. The gatehouse now straddles a road in the village.

England - South West England - Gloucestershire - Cotswolds


Ancient Monument, Cafe, Food Shop, Mostly Flat, Public Transport, River, Toilets
3/7/2022 - Harry Cook

The good news is that the start of this walk is from the central car park in Wotton-under-Edge where the allowed time is now three hours. We walked the route reversed but the going was very heavy between Chestnut farm. and Elbury Hill across the fields So heavy that we gave up on what was a very promising walk and look forward to trying it again in a dry spell.

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