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m 200 150 100 10 8 6 4 2 km Cold Ashton Holy Trinity Church Hinton Hillfort Dyrham Park

The penultimate stretch of the Cotswold Way takes you through farmland, woodland and meadows to the pretty village of Cold Ashton.

 

easy
Distance 10.7 km
3:15 h
134 m
104 m
213 m
116 m

From Tormarton the route goes over the busy M4 motorway before veering off into more peaceful countryside. The country lanes take you to the edge of Dyrham Park and past Hinton Hill with its ancient hill fort. Through the hamlet of Dryham and past the National Trust Dyrham House with its exquisite gardens, you finally arrive in the quiet village of Cold Ashton with its marvelous southerly aspect.

 

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the rural tranquillity of today’s walk and the final views from the diminishing Cotswold escarpment before the hustle and bustle of Bath. In spring keep a lookout for the many different butterfly types seen in the meadows on this walk.

 

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Iain Grant
Update: August 26, 2022
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Highest point
213 m
Lowest point
116 m
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Cold Ashton

Safety information

The only hazard you will encounter today is traffic. The main roads you have to cross today can be extremely busy at peak times. Please exercise extreme care and only cross when the road is clear.

 

Tips and hints

Points of Interest 

Dyrham House and Park

Mentioned in a document of AD 557 as a deer enclosure Dyrham Park covers 264 acres and has one of the oldest fallow deer herds in the country. The house was built for William III’s secretary for war William Blathwayt in the 17th century replacing an older Tudor mansion. It has magnificent gardens featuring a water cascade over a series of 200 steps. The house is now in the ownership of the National Trust.

For more information: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyrham-park

Hinton Hill Fort

Also known as Dyrham Camp this was the scene of a decisive battle in AD 577 between the Saxons and the Ancient Britons. The victorious Saxons gained control over Cirencester, Gloucester and Bath and drove the Ancient Britons back to Wales and Somerset.

For more information: https://www.britainexpress.com/attractions.htm?attraction=2028

Cold Ashton

So named because of the cold winds that can sweep up from the Bristol Chanel to its exposed face. Medieval farmers cultivated vines on its south-facing slopes. The gabled Elizabethan manor with its tall chimneys and ornate gateway is considered one of the finest examples of its type in the country. It was here that Sir Bevil Grenville died in 1643 following the nearby Battle of Lansdown in the Civil War.

For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Ashton

 

Food and Drink 

There is no shop in Tormarton only a pub with limited opening. There is a garage shop in Pennsylvania near the end of the walk. This is on the main road and opens all week, but there are no other facilities en route. Please note the White Hart near Cold Ashton mentioned in some guide books is no longer a hotel.

Start

St Mary's Church, Tormorton (168 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
ST 76899 78853
DD
51.508136, -2.334244
DMS
51°30'29.3"N 2°20'03.3"W
UTM
30U 546203 5706544
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Destination

The seat in front of the Old Rectory, Cold Ashton

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 Tormarton to Cold Ashton. 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. ***

  

0.00km – With your back to the stone stile and facing the church, TURN RIGHT along the pavement. Just past the bus shelter TURN LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON along Marshfield Road and across the M4 Motorway. Take care here as there is no pavement.

0.90 km – Just over the motorway bridge TURN RIGHT along the small tarmac road, signposted Cotswold Way to Dyrham. GO STRAIGHT ON towards the farm.

1.30 km = Arriving at the barn, BEAR LEFT past the farm on the left and GO STRAIGHT ON between the buildings into the field. Follow the wooden marker posts and the stone wall on the right for approx 1km.

2.40 km – At the end of the wall TURN RIGHT by a wooden marker post and follow the path slightly down hill. In 50m BEAR LEFT through the trees and GO STRAIGHT ON along the path to the busy A46 main road.

3.00 km – Cross the road at the traffic island with care and TURN RIGHT along the small tarmac lane. Just before the No Entry road signs TURN LEFT into the wood following the path signposted to Dyrham. GO STRAIGHT ON around the edge of the wood with good views ahead.

3.80 km =Just past the end of the wood TURN LEFT at the wooden marker post and GO STRAIGHT ON towards the wind turbine and under the power cables to the tarmac road.

4.70 km – At the main road GO STRAIGHT ON, down the small tarmac lane opposite. 

5.10 km – On the bend, just in front of the barns TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON following the path beside the stone wall of Dyrham Park on the left for approx 1km. You pass Hinton Hill fort on the right before reaching a tarmac road.

6.30 km – At the road TURN LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON past the church and Dyrham House on the left.

6.60 km – At a Y shaped road junction with a welcome seat, BEAR LEFT up the tarmac lane between the buildings signposted Cotswold Way.

6.80 km – At the village road sign for Dyrham, TURN RIGHT through the hedge onto the path signposted to Cold Ashton. There is another thoughtfully provided tree seat here. GO STRAIGHT ON through the fields for approx 2km following the wooden marker posts. You will pass a pond on the right, cross a wooden footbridge; go up through Dryham Wood and onto a gravel track to the road.

8.90 km – At the main road, cross with care and BEAR LEFT through a metal gate. In 50m TURN RIGHT through another metal gate and GO STRAIGHT ON down the side of the field to reach the main A46 road. If you are staying at Swan Cottage turn left here, and go past the garage. 

9.60 km – Cross the busy main road with extreme care and GO STRAIGHT ON across the field on the path signposted to Cold Ashton. Cross the stone stile and BEAR LEFT to the road.

10.2 km – At the main road TURN LEFT past the village sign, The Folly and the cottages and the former White Hart Hotel. Opposite the bus stop the bus stop TURN RIGHT across the road and GO STRAIGHT ON along the lane and through the churchyard to Cold Ashton.

10.7 km – At the tarmac road TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON to the bench beside the red post box in the wall. Here in front of the Old Rectory you have reached the end of your walk.

 

*** This is the end of our Tormarton to Cold Ashton route. If you are walking to Bath today, then please move onto the Cold Ashton to Bath route***

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Coordinates

OS Grid
ST 76899 78853
DD
51.508136, -2.334244
DMS
51°30'29.3"N 2°20'03.3"W
UTM
30U 546203 5706544
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Equipment

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.

 


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easy
Distance
10.7 km
Duration
3:15 h
Ascent
134 m
Descent
104 m
Highest point
213 m
Lowest point
116 m
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