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  • View along main road Stanton
    / View along main road Stanton
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  • / Leaving Stanton
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  • / Ancient ridge and furrow field strips
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  • / Acorn route marker post
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  • / Thatched cricket pavillion Stanway
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  • / Stanway House
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  • / Stanway Church
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  • / Ridge and furrow field system, Wood Stanway
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  • / Stumps Cross
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  • / Ramparts of Beckbury Hill Fort
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  • / The path from Hailes Abbey
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  • / Approach to Winchcombe
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  • / Main street Winchcombe
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m 300 200 100 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Beckbury Camp Hayles Fruit Farm Sudeley Castle Hailes Abbey Stanway House
A short walk from Stanton takes you to Stanway then ascends steeply above Wood Stanway to Beckbury Camp for good views over the surrounding countryside. From here you descend to Hailes Abbey and the gentle stroll into Winchcombe.
Distance 12.4 km
3:30 h
207 m
233 m
279 m
78 m
Leaving Stanton you soon arrive at the hamlet of  Church Stanway and the ornate gatehouse and tithe barn of Stanway House. From here there is a steep climb up to Stumps Cross and onto the Iron Age Hill Fort of Beckbury Camp for commanding views over the surrounding area. A short descent takes you down to the remains of the medieval Hailes Abbey then continuing over the fields and into Winchcombe.

Author’s recommendation

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.




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Update: October 21, 2020
Highest point
279 m
Lowest point
78 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Hayles Fruit Farm
Stanway House

Safety information

The 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.


The Cotswold Way is well marked so navigation should be easy. Look out for the acorn signs which are the National Trail markers.


Tips and hints

Points of Interest


Stanway House

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.

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Beckbury Camp

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.

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Hailes Abbey

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.

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Food and Drink

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.







War Memorial Plaque, Stanton (108 m)
OS Grid
SP 06805 34255
52.006690, -1.902268
52°00'24.1"N 1°54'08.2"W
30U 575347 5762351


War Memorial Cross, Winchcombe

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn by turns to aid you on your walk from Stanton to Winchcombe. Whilst, the Cotswolds are waymarked it can be featureless and off the beaten path at some sections so we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***


0.00 km – Standing with your back to the war memorial plaque and the Cotswold Way signpost GO STRAIGHT ON along the main street towards Stanway. Go past the thatched cottage and the small village green then BEAR LEFT onto the signposted Bridleway.

0.20 km – Just before a wooden gate TURN RIGHT   onto the footpath signposted to Stanway and GO STRAIGHT ON over a series of ridges and furrows( an ancient field cultivation system), to a wooden gate and bridge. GO STRAIGHT ON along the footpath for approx 0.5 km.

0.75 km – Arriving at a wooden gate, BEAR RIGHT across the field and GO STRAIGHT ON across several fields, for approx 1 km. Follow the prominent marker posts to reach a tarmac road.

1.90 km – At the tarmac road TURN LEFT (noting the thatched cricket pavilion opposite), and GO STRAIGHT ON passing the Medieval Tithe Barn, partly obscured on the left and Stanway Church.

2.30 km – Just past the church TURN LEFT by the old yew tree and follow the signposted path to Wood Stanway and the main road.

2.60 km – At the main road TURN LEFT then in 50 m TURN RIGHT, crossing the road with care, and GO STRAIGHT ON along the footpath signposted to Wood Stanway. (Again, noting the Ridge & Furrow field system on the left).

3.50 km – At the small tarmac road TURN LEFT past the buildings and GO STRAIGHT ON gradually uphill. BEAR RIGHT at the signposted track past the farm.

3.90 km – At a wooden stile BEAR RIGHT onto the path as it emerges onto an open hill slope and ascends gradually towards a wooded ridge. Extensive views of the surrounding countryside can now be seen.

4.40 km – At a wooden gate in a wall TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON up the wooden steps, following the wooden marker posts uphill to the ridge. Go past the welcome seat to arrive at the main road at Stumps Cross. 

5.20 km – At the tarmac road TURN RIGHT by the stump of the old cross onto the waymarked track to Winchcombe and GO STRAIGHT ON for approx 1km.

6.10 km – At a track junction by a waymarker and No Tipping sign, TURN RIGHT into the open field. Follow the stone wall on your right around the edge of the field with panoramic views over the Vale of Evesham. (Note the ramparts of the Iron Age Hill Fort on your left as you pass through).

6.80 km- At the corner of the field TURN RIGHT through a wooden gate by a stone monument and descend down the slope. GO STRAIGHT ON diagonally across the open fields.

7.50 km – At the foot of the slope TURN RIGHT through a wooden gate onto the footpath signposted to Hailes Abbey and Winchcombe. GO STRAIGHT ON along the shaded path for approx 1km.

8.40 km – Arriving at a tarmac road TURN RIGHT along the road towards Hailes Abbey. However, should you require refreshments there is a café at the fruit farm to the left.

8.80 km – Just past the entrance to the Abbey and opposite the church, TURN LEFT through a wooden gate. GO STRAIGHT ON along the path signposted to Winchcombe passing some houses to a tarmac road

9.10 km – At the tarmac road TURN RIGHT, and then in 100 m TURN LEFT onto a waymarked track. GO STRAIGHT ON for approx 0.5 km.

9.60 km – At a wooden marker post TURN RIGHT off the track and onto a grassy footpath. GO STRAIGHT ON across the fields for approx 1km following the wooden marker posts towards Winchcombe.

10.7 km – At a wooden gate and footbridge, GO STRAIGHT ON, along a muddy track to the end.

11.5 km – At the end of Puck Pit Pane TURN LEFT along the main road towards Winchcombe. GO STRAIGHT ON along the main street and past the museum.

12.4 km – Arriving at the War Memorial you have reached the end of your walk.


*** This is the end of our Stanton to Winchcombe route. If you are walking to Cleeve Hill today, then please move onto the Winchcombe to Cleeve Hill route***


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OS Grid
SP 06805 34255
52.006690, -1.902268
52°00'24.1"N 1°54'08.2"W
30U 575347 5762351
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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 also be carried just in case.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.

This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.


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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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.

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12.4 km
3:30 h
207 m
233 m
Highest point
279 m
Lowest point
78 m
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