Start with more ups and downs and as you near Winchcombe, the way levels out. Walk across high grassland to Cleeve Hill, the highest point of the Cotswold Way.
Distance 22.7 km
Highest point299 m
Lowest point82 m
Leaving Stanton, you soon discover the Iron Age hill fort Beckbury Camp dating back to 2,000 BC, before arriving at medieval Hailes Abbey. The 13th Century ruins and newly built museum (open April-August, payable locally) are wonderful to explore and discover the history of the monks who lived and worshipped at the abbey for nearly three centuries.
Continue via Sudeley Castle, part of England’s history for over 1,000 years, featuring a beautiful 15th century church and lovely gardens. Pass Belas Knap, a huge Neolithic burial chamber, and then on to Cleeve Hill, the highest point of the Cotswolds hill range. If you are overnighting in Cleeve Hill, follow the individual directions from the path to the village in your accommodation list and guidebook.
These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.
In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.