Sunday, 19 August 2018 (Group: Sandwell)
Meeting time 9:00,
Start time 10:30
10.5 miles / 16.9 km
(Estimated finish time: 16:30)
This is a walk through quintessential rolling Cotswold landscapes. It takes in the Cotswold escarpment with its wide-ranging views, as well as exploring deep valleys, woodland, open fields, a country park and pretty, idyllic villages with honey-coloured limestone houses.
The walk begins in one of the Cotswold’s jewels, the unspoilt village of Stanton. We begin by climbing onto the escarpment and then pass through woodland to arrive in open fields with magnificent views over Snowshill village - the Cotswold village featured in the movie Bridget Jones’s Diary (covered in snow). After following a track high above the stunning Snowshill valley, we descend into this deep valley and then steadily climb again towards the Broadway Country Park with its 20-metre high tower – an 18th Century folly that provides a landmark for many miles around - and nuclear bunker. You can apparently see for 62 miles from here and sixteen counties, one of the most extensive views in England. We will have a well-deserved lunch stop at the café here (there is also a public picnic area), before descending again to Broadway and making our way back to Stanton through the beautiful villages of Buckland and Laverton.
3 lengthy climbs and 3 descents.
When we’ve finished the walk, there are plenty of options close by to satisfy the inevitable apres-walk appetite and thirst. There is the Mount at Stanton as well as a slew of great pubs and hotels in Broadway. We will probably be quaffing a glass of the red stuff ourselves in one of these afterwards. You are welcome to join us.