Locals Walks



New Inn Short Circular Walk – 2 Miles



This short circular walk from our front door is 2 miles long (1 mile to the New Inn) relatively flat and takes approximately 40 minutes. The walk is on quiet country roads all of the way.



From Forthay leave the gate taking the road opposite (with Forthay Farm on your left hand side). Proceed along the road for 300 yards until you reach the cross roads at Pitt Court. Continue straight ahead, past the phone box towards Smarts Green.

After one mile turn left down a narrow steep tarmac road, cross the brook and up the other side.In front of you is a mini roundabout made out of a tractor tyre, New Inn is straight ahead. The New Inn is in an idyllic location in a wonderful setting with a great selection of local ciders and a delightful garden.

From the New Inn turn left back down to the tractor tyre mini roundabout, take the 3rd turning. Walk along the road for half a mile until you enter Mill End, with its scattering of houses. You will start to drop down, keep right at the T junction and walk up the slope. At the top of the slope keep left at another T junction and continue for 200 yards where you will reach a further T junction, bear left at the T junction following the sign to Crowell Brook. Once across the brook you will find Forthay Bed and Breakfast at the top of the hill on the right hand side.

Tyndale Monument Walk – 2.5 Miles



This is a wonderful 2.5 mile walk, which includes steep hills and takes approximately an hour.

From Forthay front door leave the gate taking the road opposite our house, leaving Forthay Farm on your left. Proceed along the road for 300 yards until you reach the cross road at Pitt Court. Opposite the telephone box turn right into the field climbing over the stile. Follow the track up the field to the next gate where you go diagonally left up the hill towards the woods. Once you reach the top of the field do look back over Waterley Bottom and Hermitage Wood. Skirt along the wood for 200 yards and then climb over the style on your right into the wood. 



Once over the stile, take the steep track through the woodland up the hill bearing left at the fork near the top. Continue for approximately 250 yards until you meet The Cotswold Way footpath. Take a sharp right turn along The Cotswold Way heading to the open land. You will see Tyndale Monument in front of you. Proceed up the gentle slope. If you have the strength you should climb the 111 steps for spectacular views of the two bridges into Wales, The Black Mountains, Malvern and Mendip Hills and of course nearer to home, North NIbley and Forthay.

Once you leave the monument head down on the left hand side of the Common Land taking the first footpath round a disused quarry. You will meet a large track, which is The Cotswold Way. Turn left, leaving the swinging ropes on your right hand side. Descend the track to the bottom where you meet the Wotton to Dursley Road. Turn right and after 50 yards right again onto Barrs Lane. Continue down Barrs Lane past The Black Horse and Village Shop and Coffee Shop. 250 yards after the shop take the left hand fork signposted Forthay. You will pass Hunts Court and Forthay House before reaching Forthay Bed and Breakfast.

Circular Walk Through Westridge Wood – 5 Miles



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.



Once you reach the top of the field look back over Waterley Bottom and Hermitage Wood. Skirt along the wood for 200 yards and then climb over the next stile on your right into the wood. Go up the path for 50 yards and then turn left onto another track, which drops away and follows the perimeter of the field. Follow this path for half a mile at which point you will meet a large track. You should keep left moving parallel to the fields.

The track follows round the side of the hill for a mile at which point you should continue to bear left, following the track round the hill for a further half mile. You will reach a blue five bar gate and see a narrow tarmac road in front of you. Turn left onto the road and descend down the hill for a mile to Binley Farm. Go past the farm to the crossroads where you turn left heading towards Pitts Court. You will pass a small house on your left and then Waterley Farm. Follow the road for a mile passing through Smarts Green, towards Pitts Court. You will see the phone box on your right this time and should go straight on at the cross roads. After 300 yards you will see Forthay Bed and Breakfast in front of you.

Stinchcombe Hill Walk – 6 Miles



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. 



Follow the path across the field to the woods. Stop and sit on the bench looking down towards Stancombe Park where Evelyn Waugh wrote Brideshead Revisted and Officer and a Gentleman, amongst other books. Go through the kiss gate into the woods crossing a wooden bridge. At the end turn right following the Cotswold Way signs to the top of the hill.

At the top of the hill you will come out onto Stinchcombe Golf Course. It is worth noting that you come out at the 2nd tee, as you will be coming back down this path. Turn left along the path between the wood and the second fairway. You will see a car park on your right hand side. Keep on the path, which swings left along a steep bank. After half a mile you will come to a green, which you leave on your right hand side, climbing up to the escarpment. From here you have tremendous views of Forthay, North NIbley and Tyndale Monument. You will be able to pick out our house, which has six beeches and a copper beech.

Follow the path to the right for four hundred yards where after a short wooded area you come out at Drakestone Point. The views of the Cotswold Escarpment, Severn River and Severn bridges are terrific. Continue back to the golf course and follow the path to the trig point. Keep bearing left through the woods along the Cotswold Way to The Tubbs Memorial Shelter. Follow the path for about sixty yards passed the Shelter and then pick up The Cotswold Way, which runs alongside the 11th and 12th fairways.



You will come to the Mounting stone, which is on the side of the Old London Road. The road ran from Berkley Castle. The stone was used to remount the horses after they had walked up the hill. You follow the path leaving the wood on your left.

If you want to complete the shorter walk follow the Old London Road passed the car Park and down to the first tee. Turn right along the footpath, which runs parallel to the first hole. Between the first hole and the second tee you will find the path you took up to Stinchcombe Hill. You should now retrace your steps back to Forthay.

For the longer walk bear left towards Stinchcombe Hill House. You will have views of The Severn,, May Hill and The Forest of Dean. Enter the woods to reach the viewpoint overlooking Dursley. From here you will see Cam Peak, Cam Long Down, Uley Barrow and the Cotswold Escarpment. Be sure you stay close to the golf course and do not go down the hill into the woods. From Stinchcombe House you will have completed a large U going around the edge of the golf course. Leave the 18th tee on your right and walk down to the clubhouse.

Just passed the club house take the footpath to the right leaving the first fairway on your right. Follow the path to the woods where you will pick up the Cotswold way. Retrace your steps down the hill and back to Forthay.