Rest stopsHayles Fruit Farm
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 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.
For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanway_House
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.
For more information: http://walks.walkingworld.com/walk/Stanway---Beckbury-Monument---Stanway.
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.
For more information: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/hailes-abbey/
Food and Drink
Stanton is a small hamlet with just one pub and 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.
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.