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Wotton-under-Edge to Old Sodbury

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  • Old town clock, Wotton
    Old town clock, Wotton
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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.

moderate
Distance 20.3 km
6:30 h
402 m
407 m
223 m
56 m

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.

Author’s recommendation

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.

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Update: August 30, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
223 m
Lowest point
56 m

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Rest stops

Fifi's Fancy Furniture
The Edge Coffee Shop
General Food & Drink Supplies - Wotton-under-Edge
Ancient Ram Inn
The Fleece Inn
Beaufort Arms
General Food & Drink Supplies - Hawkesbury Stores
Hawkesbury Upton Fox Inn
General Food and Drink Supplies - Old Sodbury Cotswold Service Station
The Dog Inn

Safety information

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.

Lunch

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.

 

Public Transport

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

Start

Wotton High street crossroads, opposite the town clock. (97 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
ST 75555 93326
DD
51.638203, -2.354623
DMS
51°38'17.5"N 2°21'16.6"W
UTM
30U 544661 5720996
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Destination

Old fountain, at the crossroads, Old Sodbury.

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn-by-turns to aid you on your walk from Wotton-under-Edge to Old Sodbury. We strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

 

DISCLAIMER: Please note, the distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the direct routes at the time of our pathfinder walking them (this excludes walking to/from your accommodation to the start/end point, or for example coming off the path for lunch). There may be some slight discrepancies/small diversions that make the distances slightly out compared to your own mapping software (Strava/Garmin/Apple Watch).

 

0.00 km – Standing at the main crossroads on Wotton High Street and facing the town clock GO STRAIGHT ON Long Street.

0.30 km – At the end of the street by the pub TURN LEFT onto Church Street following the blue Cotswold Way signpost. GO STRAIGHT ON past the Almshouses with the interesting inscription above the door, then in 100m BEAR RIGHT and cross over the road to the pavement on the other side. Follow the blue Cotswold Way signpost to the path on the left round to the church and through the churchyard.

0.60 km – Leaving the churchyard TURN RIGHT onto Coombe Road, then in 50m TURN RIGHT down a small lane and immediately BEAR LEFT following the round marker discs. GO STRAIGHT ON between the houses along a narrow tarmac path following a small stream up to a road.

1.20 km – At the road TURN RIGHT then immediately TURN LEFT onto small tarmac path and GO STRAIGHT ON to Coombe.

1.60 km – Arriving in Coombe TURN RIGHT up the tarmac road, then in 50m BEAR RIGHT up some wooden steps on a path signposted Cotswold Way. GO STRAIGHT ON steeply uphill to a road.

1.90 km – At the tarmac road TURN LEFT and continue to ascend, albeit rather more gently. GO STRAIGHT ON for approx 1km with good views over your shoulder of the Severn Valley.

2.90 km – At a Cotswold Way signpost TURN RIGHT off the road and onto the gravel track to Wortley. Panoramic views of the Severn Bridges can be seen ahead.

3.30 km – At a wooden post marker BEAR RIGHT off the track and GO STRAIGHT ON through the wooden gate, and across the fields to the tip of Wortley Hill. At the water trough BEAR LEFT around the edge of the escarpment and GO STRAIGHT ON up some wooden steps to a marker post.

4.10 km – At the post TURN RIGHT onto the gravel track and GO STRAIGHT ON for approx 0.75 km

4.80 km – At a small quarry on the left leave the track on the bend and GO STRAIGHT ON along the narrow path, following the wooden marker posts, downhill through the trees.

5.40 km – At the bottom of the hill TURN LEFT through the wooden gate. GO STRAIGHT ON over the small tarmac road and across the fields on the path signposted to Alderley. Just over the stream BEAR RIGHT onto the path and go up into the village.

6.50 km – At the crossroads, GO STRAIGHT ON up the tarmac road and round past the church on the right. At the junction in front of the big house BEAR LEFT past the vineyard and GO STRAIGHT ON following the wooden marker posts over the fields for approx 1.5km.

8.20 km – At a large gate TURN RIGHT onto a lane following the wooden marker posts to a tarmac road. At the road TURN LEFT where the Cotswold Way now joins the Monarch’s Way. This was the escape route used by Charles 11 to flee the defeat at the Battle of Worcester. GO STRAIGHT ON along this road to Lower Kilcott. 

9.60 km – Just past Vine Cottage, TURN RIGHT up the shaded lane to the top of the hill, following the wooden marker posts for approx 1km.

10.6 km – Emerging from the wood at the marker post, TURN LEFT uphill and through the field, then TURN RIGHT onto a gravel track and GO STRAIGHT ON along the hedge line towards the tower. This is the Somerset Monument to commemorate the Duke of Somerset’s service with the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo.

11.8 Just past the monument at the main road TURN LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON along the pavement towards Hawkesbury Upton. There are refreshments here in the village slightly off the way.

12.1 km – At the small Drover’s Pool TURN RIGHT, along the tarmac road, then in 50m BEAR LEFT onto the track signposted to Horton. GO STRAIGHT ON along this track for approx 1.75km, with extensive views of the surrounding area.

13.8 km – At the end of the track, before the wooden gate, BEAR RIGHT on the path around the edge of the fields.

14.5 km – At a wooden gate, also signed the Monarch’s Way BEAR RIGHT across the field and away from the road. GO STRAIGHT ON through a small wood following the wooden marker posts.

15.2 km – Emerging from the wood, at a wooden gate, GO STRAIGHT ON the field and zig-zag up through the woods to Horton Fort. Horton church and court can be glimpsed through the trees on the right. Horton Court is one of the oldest inhabited houses in England.

15.8 km – At the Iron Age hill fort ramparts by a wooden marker post BEAR LEFT across the field. Then TURN LEFT through the wooden gate, downhill past the round tower and school to the main road. The round tower is a Millenium Folly designed to encourage owls and bats.

16.4 km – At the main road, Widden Hill, TURN RIGHT then in 50m TURN LEFT   along the path signposted to Little Sodbury. GO STRAIGHT ON across the fields, past the pond and reservoir, under the power cables and into Little Sodbury. This is one of only three “Thankful Villages “in Gloucestershire to have no casualties in its enlisted men during WW1.

17.5 km – Arriving at a tarmac road TURN RIGHT then immediately BEAR LEFT at the junction past the church and GO STRAIGHT ON along the tarmac road.

18.1 km – At the top of the hill, just past a large gateway TURN LEFT through a wooden gate and GO STRAIGHT ON up through the trees.

18.4 km – Ata wooden marker post TURN RIGHT in front of the farm and GO STRAIGHT ON through Sodbury Iron Age hill fort.

18.9 km – Leaving the hill fort through a metal gate, TURN RIGHT down through the wood. At the bottom of the slope BEAR LEFT through a metal gate and GO STRAIGHT ON across the fields towards the church tower.

19.8 km – Arriving at the road junction by the school, BEAR RIGHT and then GO STRAIGHT ON through the churchyard and on down through the field.

20.1 km – At the bottom of the hill TURN LEFT through the metal gate and GO STRAIGHT ON through the farmyard to reach a road.

20.3 km - Arriving at the main road by the old fountain and the pub you have reached the end of your walk.

 

*** This is the end of our Wotton-under-Edge to Old Sodbury route. ***

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Coordinates

OS Grid
ST 75555 93326
DD
51.638203, -2.354623
DMS
51°38'17.5"N 2°21'16.6"W
UTM
30U 544661 5720996
w3w 
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DISCLAIMER: Please note, the distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the direct routes at the time of our pathfinder walking them (this excludes walking to/from your accommodation to the start/end point, or for example coming off the path for lunch). There may be some slight discrepancies/small diversions that make the distances slightly out compared to your own mapping software (Strava/Garmin/Apple Watch).

Equipment

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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
20.3 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
402 m
Descent
407 m
Highest point
223 m
Lowest point
56 m

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