This is a classic Cotswold escarpment ridge walk, with panoramic views along the route into Birdlip.
Leaving the busy roads of Seven Springs, you are soon in open countryside, ascending Hartley Hill and onto Leckhampton Hill with its panoramic views and interesting rock faces. The route then passes through the countryside and a short road section to climb Crickley Hill and finish in Birdlip.
The views on this section of the walk are genuinely spectacular. Extensive sections follow close to the edge of the Cotswold Escarpment, revealing interesting rock formations such as the Devil’s Chimney and unique meadow land habitats. Red Kites can be seen over Crickley Hill.
EinkehrmöglichkeitenHungry Horse Pub & Restaurant
Crickley Hill Cafe
Air Balloon Pub
Clavell & Hind Brewery
The Royal George Birdlip
There are several sections of the walk today where you might encounter traffic but most minor roads are quiet. However, care should also be taken crossing the main road at and at the start and the busy Birdlip roundabout. Also, there is only a narrow path up the main road into Birdlip at the end of the walk. There are a few climbs and descents which are not particularly steep but which might be tricky during or after wet weather.
The Cotswold Way is well marked so navigation should be straightforward. Look out for the acorn signs which are the National Trail Markers.
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Points of Interest
Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest along the walk, including recommended pubs/restaurants and cafe stops. Simply click the icons on the map for more information as you walk.
Food and Drink
There are no general convenience stores in Seven Springs, as you are likely to be overnighting in Cheltenham or Charlton Kings (and transferring back to Seven Springs in the morning) be sure to buy some supplies the night before. There is however plenty of opportunities for refreshments on this walk. There are various pubs and cafes you pass next to the Way.
Packed lunch today is not essential but recommended. There is a café on the way to Crickley Hill and toilets, a café and a visitors centre on Crickley Hill itself. There is also a pub (Air Balloon) on the busy roundabout near the end of the walk before Birdlip.
Post walk Drinks
The Royal George in Birdlip. There is also a craft beer brewery, a short walk away from the centre of Birdlip that is mainly open on weekends. It has a draught taproom and serves food outdoors. Check the point of interest on the app and call ahead to see if it's open when you arrive.
A taxi is probably a better/cheaper alternative than public transport.
There are various ways to get to Birdlip by bus from Seven Springs but it likely requires multiple connecting journeys (varies depending on the time of day and a google search is probably the best option to check this at the time you wish to make this journey).
Please note that bus services may be affected by public bank holidays in the UK and in some cases may run a limited service or no service at all on weekends.
Recommended Local Taxi Services along the Cotswold Way
Northwick Private Hire (Chipping Campden Area): +44 (0) 1386 701 806
TDM Taxis (Broadway Area): +44 (0) 7919 160 630
Starline Taxi (Cheltenham/Charlton Kings Area): +44 (0) 1242 250 250
Galaxy Private Hire (Dursley/Painswick/Wotton-Under-Edge Area): +44 (0) 7796 545 261
V Cars (Alternative for Wotton-Under-Edge Area): +44 (0) 1793 701 701
Buchempfehlungen des Autors
Good comfortable boots or walking shoes are recommended. The ground can be quite soft and the paths are well used by walkers and riders. Whilst the terrain is not particularly difficult it can be muddy with some waterlogged stretches after heavy rain. Walking poles are an option if preferred. The British weather is changeable so waterproofs should be carried just in case.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike/or if you have an older phone, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank as a backup.
There are some opportunities to buy food/water today but be sure to bring enough with you.
- 9 Wegpunkte
- 9 Wegpunkte