There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible, where it isn’t walk on the right-hand side of the road,
Some of the ground can be uneven, with steep descents and muddy/boggy ground. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously where needed, the mud is especially tricky in wet weather.
A note about farms and animals: Be very aware of closing gates behind you. Remember, animals on a farm are not pets and can be closer to a wild animal than a domestic pet - particularly for dogs. There are many horses you will meet on today's walk, avoid them where you can but remain calm and do not startle them.
When crossing the streams, be wary of slippery and loose stones, if you feel unsure bring walking poles for support, and you can always find a more suitable crossing a little up or downstream.
Tips and hints
Points of interest
Founded in 1246 by the Earl of Cornwall, Hailes Abbey is set amid delightful Cotswold countryside. Once the centre of monastic life, the tranquil ruins are now the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic in a unique historic setting. Visit the new museum to discover the treasures of Hailes, uncovering stories of the monks who lived and worshipped at the abbey for nearly three centuries. The museum has incredibly rare fragments of a pair of spectacles of a monk almost 1000 years old.
For more information visit: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/hailes-abbey/
(You can also see route photos for pricing)
Stanway House and Gateway
Stanway House is a Jacobean manor house, located near the village of Stanway in Gloucestershire, England. The manor of Stanway was owned by Tewkesbury Abbey for 800 years then for 500 years by the Tracy family and their descendants, the Earls of Wemyss and March. The gateway itself is one of the most stunning in the world, tall and imposing it is not to be missed.
The house also has the tallest fountain in Britain, the tallest gravity fountain in the world which reaches 91 metres, an astonishing 300 feet!
The house is sometimes open to the public, for up to date opening times and more information visit: http://www.stanwayfountain.co.uk/
Broadway High Street
The Broadway High Street is characteristically recognisable for the unchanging nature of its honey-coloured period buildings and wide grass verges that have gone on to define a typical Cotswold scene. The village itself is named after the high street, Broad to signify the width and Way meaning street or road. It runs from the upper high street, where you'll find photogenic mansions carved from Cotswold stone, down to the commercial section of the village where the road widens and ends at the village Green. For the wave of visitors and tourists that arrive each year, it's this part of the high street that is the main attraction with plenty of independent retail shops and cafés in close proximity to delight a complete range of individual tastes.
Food and Drink
There are a few options on today's walk. In Hailes there is the Hailes Abbey Visitors Centre (described above), Hailes Fruit Farm and Cafe ( Open 9am till 5pm - http://www.haylesfruitfarm.co.uk/tea_room/, call to confirm if out of season 01 242 60 21 23).
In Stanton there is the excellent Mount Inn (https://www.themountinn.co.uk/about-the-mount-inn) which serves food, Check the website for opening times.
Sturdy waterproof boots as the path can be slippery and wet in parts.
Walking poles for stream crossing and muddy descents if the weather is wet.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.