Things start with a delightful walk through open meadows shaded woodland, and open common to Kings Stanley. Leaving Kings Stanley, things start to get a bit more demanding - the steep climbs and descents are rewarded with some of the best views on the Cotswold Way.
Ancient woodlands, rural tranquillity and vast panoramas combine to deliver a walker’s paradise on today’s walk. Stanley Mill on the edge of Kings Stanley once employed 1,000 people and is a testament to the area's rich history in the woollen trade. Climbing out of Kings Stanley the path follows shaded beech woodlands up onto Coaley Peak and Nympsfield Long Barrow for panoramic views over the surrounding area. Then descending, only to climb again up onto Cam Long Down for more stunning views.
The open meadows out of Painswick soon give way to ancient woodland and stunning views along Haresfield Beacon. Keep your eye out for all the different varieties of plants and butterflies to be seen, especially in springtime.
General Food & Drink Supplies - Painswick
The Falcon Inn
Vine Tree Inn
Waymarker - Stonehouse location for an evening sit-down meal
General Food & Drink Supplies - Kings Stanley
Everest Nepalese & Indian Restaurant
The Old Spot
The Bank Cafe
The Kings Head Dursley
General Food & Drink Supplies - Dursley
There are several sections of the walk today where you might encounter traffic, but most minor roads are quiet. However, care should be taken when leaving Painswick at the start of the walk as it can be busy at peak times, when crossing the main road at Edge and Ryeford into Kings Stanley - this is a major dual carriageway and must be crossed at the lights. Also the main street down into Dursley can be busy at peak times, so be vigilant.
There are several steep descents and climbs which might be tricky during or after wet weather.
In today's section, you may cross fields with livestock. Treat them with respect and walk safely past them, taking a wide berth if they happen to be grazing on the path.
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
There are a number of shops, cafes and two pubs in Painswick. There is a post office, tourist information office and a pharmacy in the town should you need it. Before Kings Stanley, there are a couple of options off the trail to stop for refreshments. Upon arrival in Kings Stanley, there is a small newsagent and pub. A full range of facilities is available in Dursely.
A packed lunch is recommended today. There are some options to stop at Randwick and Stonehouse - however, they both require a detour off the path on what is a long walking day. In Kings Stanley you should be able to grab something to go but as things stand there is nowhere for a sit-down meal (Kings Head pub kitchen is being refurbished).
Post walk Drinks
Old Spot Inn in Dursley is the best pub but after a long day of walking the King's Head is a more centrally located option!
The 66 Stagecoach bus goes from Painswick to Kings Stanley. Getting off at Kings Stanley, you can then catch a 65 Bus towards Dursley. Bus timetables change year on year and can be seasonal. Be sure to check https://www.stagecoachbus.com/plan-a-journey (the local operator who runs this service) for up-to-date timetables.
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 especially on some of the steep descents and climbs. 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 opportunities on today's walk to buy food and drink, however, ensure you bring enough snacks and fluids with you.
Weather at the route's trailhead
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