Leaving Broadway, walk past the idyllic village of Stanton with yetmore tempting tearooms! Discover the Iron Age hill fort Beckbury Campdating back to 2000 BC, before arriving at medieval Hailes Abbey. The13th Century atmospheric ruins and the newly build museum (openApril-August, payable locally) are wonderful places to explore anddiscover the history of the monks who lived and worshipped at the abbeyfor nearly three centuries.
Continue through the rolling hills of the Cotswold countryside to the bustling Anglo Saxon town of Winchcombe. Filled with cozy country inns, tea rooms and gift shops, this is the perfect little town for a strollaround before dinner.
Take your time on this short walk today to enjoy the panoramic views over the surrounding countryside revealed on the ascent to Stumps Cross and Beckbury Camp.
In the small hamlets of Church Stanway and Hailes, seek out Stanway House and the Tithe Barn as well as the ruins of Hailes Abbey. The stone monument passed on the walk supposedly marks the spot from which Thomas Cromwell watched its destruction.
The Cotswold Way is well marked so navigation should be easy. Look out for the acorn signs which are the National Trail markers.
Safety informationThe only sections of the walk today where you might encounter traffic are leaving Stanton and entering Winchcombe. Care should also be taken crossing the main road at Stanway. There are a few climbs and descents which are not particularly steep but which might be tricky during or after wet weather.
Tips and hints
Stanton is a small hamlet with just one pub no facilities. The only opportunities for refreshments on the walk are at the Fruit Farm near Hailes Abbey or on arrival in Winchcombe itself. Be sure to carry enough fluids for this short walk.
Points of Interest
Stanway House is a Jacobean manor which has only changed hands once in almost 1300 years. As well as the Manor House there is a Medieval Tithe Barn, the 12th century church of St.Peter and the three storied gabled gatehouse.
Beckbury Camp is the site of an Iron Age hill fort covering some 4 acres. It originally consisted of a single ditch and rampart but the ditch has since been filled in.
The Abbey was built in 1251 by Henry III as a thanksgiving for having survived a near shipwreck. It was a community of Cistercian monks and became a place of pilgrimage for nearly 300 years. During the dissolution of the monasteries the Abbey was closed and later dismantled.
EquipmentGood 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 also be carried just in case.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.