Today's walk starts with a short and easy section connecting Old Sodbury to Tormarton via Coombs End and Dodington Park Estate eventually leading you to the penultimate stretch of the Cotswold Way through farmland, woodland and meadows to the pretty village of Cold Ashton.
Leaving Old Sodbury the Cotswold Way leads through fields to Coombs End. Here farmland gives way to the parkland of the Dodington Estate, originally designed by Capability Brown. Leaving the estate the path continues to the small village of Tormarton to the Interesting church of St Mary Magdalene. From Tormarton the route goes over the busy M4 motorway before veering off into the 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 marvellous southerly aspect.
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.
Rest stopsThe Dog Inn
General Food and Drink Supplies - Old Sodbury Cotswold Service Station
Dodington Park Estate
Church of St Mary Magdalene
Turn off Waymarker - For Hinton Hillfort and the Bull Inn
General Supplies Food & Drink - Pennsylvania Garage
Holy Trinity Church
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.
The Cotswold Way is well marked so navigation should be straightforward. Look out for the acorn signs which are the National Trail Markers.
Tips and hints
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
The Cotswold Service Station at Old Sodbury can serve you with some general supplies before leaving for your walk today (note - it is not open on a Sunday). 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 guidebooks is no longer a hotel.
A packed Lunch is recommended today. However, The Compass Inn and Bull Inn are options around the Tormarton area/Dyrham Park respectively (both do require a slight detour to reach them). If you wish to visit them, please ensure you check they are open to avoid disappointment.
Post Walk Drinks
Unfortunately, there are no longer any pubs in Cold Ashton but you are likely to be transferred to Bath where you have multiple options - be sure to check your info pack for recommendations.
As there is no accommodation in Cold Ashton you are likely overnighting in Bath - you can catch a direct bus from Old Sodbury to Bath - the 620 Service run by Stagecoach: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/plan-a-journey).
If you wish to go to Cold Ashton instead of Bath then we recommend a taxi.
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.
There are also useful websites to find when the next bus is due at www.traveline.info or simply have a quick google search.
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
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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/or if you have an older phone, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank as a backup.
There are limited opportunities on today's walk to buy food and drink. Please ensure you bring enough snacks and fluids with you.
- 12 Waypoints
- 12 Waypoints