Forthay Bed and Breakfast
Pitman (En Suite)
Tyndale (Private Bathroom)
Wallace & Gromit (Twin Room)
This 5 mile walk takes you through some very pretty woods and back along a single track road with wonderful views across Waterley Bottom. The paths through the woods can be muddy after periods of rain.
From Forthay Bed and Breakfast depart through the gate taking the road opposite leaving Forthay Farm on your left hand side. Proceed along the road for 300 yards until you reach the crossroads at Pitt Court. Opposite the telephone box turn right into the field climbing over the stile. Follow the track to the next gate, climb the next stile and head diagonally left up the hill towards the wood.
A wonderful six mile walk along the Cotswold Way with breathtaking views of The Cotswold Escarpment and The River Severn. There is a short-cut reducing the walk to 4 ½ miles, whilst still including all the views.
From Forthay turn right down the hill to Crowell Brook. Cross the brook and at the fork at the top of the hill turn left into Park Road. Follow the single track road for half a mile passing Park Farm and the turning on the left sign posted to North NIbley. Continue up the hill and you will see a footpath off to the right signposted Cotswold Way, just after a five bar gate leading to a private house.
As rich farmland gives way to woodland tracks and rolling parkland, this enchanting walk leads you from scarp top to valley bottom, back into one of the Cotswolds most charming and thriving small towns. With spectacular views, intriguing shops and historic architecture, all tastes will find something wonderful in this special little corner of the Cotswolds ...
1). Begin the walk underneath the Jubilee Clock on the corner of High Street and Market Street. Head down Market Street passing the heritage centre and tourist information point of your left, and corss the car park towards the far left corner. Follow the alleyway to the right of the church and cross the road to head up the path opposite towards the school. Continue up the wide grassy path, through the kissing gate at the end. Carry on across the middle of the field towards the gap in the hedge and head down across the next little field, crossing over the stile in the bottom right corner. Keeping the hedge on your left, continue round towards the farmhouse.
2). Turn immediately left after the the stile at the bottom, and take the path over the little stream. Pass through the gate on the far side of the next field, and head towards another farmhouse. Continue around the left of the house and pass through the wide gate on your right, to turn left up the access track towards the road. At the T- Junction, cross over the stile opposite and follow the path along the edge of the fields. Halfway across the last field follow the path to your right, diagonally through the field. After the stile next to the gate at the far corner, take the path to the left and head towards the gates at the far side.
3). Keeping a good ear out for traffic, cross the road and take the footpath towards Ozleworth. Head towards the gap in the hedge and over another field towards a stile at the far end. Turn immediately left after the next stile, and head left across the field to pick up the Cotswold Way at the far corner. Head through the kissing gate, and cross the road to follow the Cotswold Way towards Wotton-Under-Edge. Before the wide gate at the end, pass through the kissing gate on your right and follow the steep-sided gully uphill. At the top, take the path up to the right and continue to follow the Cotswold Way along a shaded woodland track. After about half a mile, look out for the waymarker on your left and take the path down through the woods. Pass through the kissing gate at the bottom and continue around the side of the hill as breathtaking views begin to open up to your left. Follow the Cotswold Way as it rejoins the track, and continue for half a mile until you reach the road.
4). For a short detour into tranquil parkland and a wonderful Tudor hunting long Lodge, follow the sign to Newark Park past the access road and through the kissing gate on the right. Continue around the edge of the field and switch back through two gates towards an information board in the woods. From here you can follow any of three excellent waymarked trails through this picturesque estate owned and managed by the National Trust.
To Continue the walk, turn left down the road and continue past half a mile of wonderful valley views until you reach another fingerpost on the right. Watching your footing after wet weather, follow the Cotswold Way down the steep path and turn right when you meet the road at the bottom.
5). After a short distance, pass through a gate on your left and continue to follow the trail alongside a small stream and through the outskirts of the town. When you reach the 13th Century parish church, pass through the tranquillity of its grounds and follow the signs back towards the High Street. With curious shops for browsing, ancient buildings for wondering and inviting cafés for refreshing, welcoming Wotton has everything you could need at the end of your walk, and even more to entice you back...
1). From the car park turn right, down the hill, following the pink waymarkers of the Boathouse Walk into the woods.
2). As you emerge from the woods, take a look at the pasture to your right, restored from the conifer plantation in 1997. It is now 3). grazed by traditional Welsh black cattle.
3). Bear left at the waymarked junction. You'll see the remains of the coach house and stables that were associated with the Georgian mansion to your left. Property details prepared for the sale of the Woodchester in 1846, describe these buildings as everything the most fastidious Gentlemen can desire - a coach house for eight carriages and stables with twelve stalls and harness rooms.
4). Continue onwards to the Temple Site (now a small ruin). The wooded valley enclosed by the curve of the track contains the remains of terraced gardens, which were created in the early 1800s. Historic records describe a temple overlooking Italian-Style gardens with fountains playing in ornamental ponds.
5). Entering the pasture, continue downhill to where you will see Brick Kiln Pond, Brick Kiln, Old and Middle ponds are the three of a chain of lakes created by the middle of the 18th century. Keep your eyes open for birds, such as Kingfishers and Herons, as well as mandarin and tufted ducks. the dam was breached in the 1940s and there is now a plan to restore the lake. Larch plantations have been removed so that the historic views can be enjoyed again.
6). Having walked the length of Middle Pond, turn right onto the dam. These deep lakes were created through a small damming of a small stream.
7). From a series of boardwalks, the Boathouse comes into view. Continue to follow the pink waymarkers.
8). Passing Woodchester Mansion on your right, continue up the hill to the car park.