An early climb takes you up onto the escarpment at Blackquarries and Wortley Hill before winding its way through pastures and woodland. Passing through quiet villages and past numerous historical sites you get a real sense of a bygone era.
From Wotton-under-Edge, the route leads along a lovely stream to Coombe, then steeply up Blackquarries hill for commanding views across the surrounding area. Around Worley Hill and through the woods the way descends via a sunken lane to the edge of Wortley. From here the path meanders through quiet countryside, past the imposing Somerset Monument, to Horton and the impressive Iron Age hill fort at Little Sodbury. Finally, you descend through the old churchyard to finish in Old Sodbury.
After yesterday’s switchback, today’s walk has only one steep climb, again rewarded with panoramic views. However, the rest of the route is a pleasant meander through quiet countryside and shaded woodland including some fine historical sites on the way. So take time to linger, weather permitting and enjoy the experience.
Rest stopsFifi's Fancy Furniture
The Edge Coffee Shop
General Food & Drink Supplies - Wotton-under-Edge
Ancient Ram Inn
The Fleece Inn
General Food & Drink Supplies - Hawkesbury Stores
Hawkesbury Upton Fox Inn
General Food and Drink Supplies - Old Sodbury Cotswold Service Station
The Dog Inn
There is only one steep climb and a few minor descents today which might be tricky during or after wet weather. There are several sections of the walk today where you might encounter traffic but most minor roads are quiet. Care, however, should be taken when crossing some of the main roads.
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
Wotton-under-Edge is a large Cotswold town with a full range of facilities. See the points of interest on the app for locations of cafes/ supermarkets. There are no other facilities until just off route in Hawkesbury Upton.
Packed lunch today is recommended. There are some pubs that are a slight detour off the Way at Hillesley and at Hawkesbury Upton. They might be a little too early in the day for them to be open for lunch if you have an early start. Please ensure you call ahead to check they will be open to avoid disappointment. See points of interest on the map for details of their contact numbers.
Post walk Drinks
The Dog Inn. The best and only option you have in Old Sodbury.
You can take the 84 Stagecoach bus from Wotton-Under-Edge to Yate - from Yate, you can walk (around 2.5 miles) or take the 41 Bus (Served by Coachstyle) to Old Sodbury. 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. Coach style runs the 41 bus service but they do not seem to have an active website - you can however find PDF timetables with a quick google (not linked as they may become out of date year on year).
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 to buy supplies after leaving Wotton-under-Edge, so ensure you bring enough snacks and fluids with you.
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