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Stanton to Cleeve Hill

Randonnée · Cotswold
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  • View along main road Stanton
    View along main road Stanton
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m 300 200 100 20 15 10 5 km The Corner Cupboard Cleeve Hill Golf Club Stanway House Belas Knap Beckbury Camp Sudeley Castle Hailes Abbey

Not far off from Stanton takes you to Stanway where the path ascends steeply above Wood Stanway to Beckbury Camp for good views over the surrounding countryside. From here you descend to Hailes Abbey and the gentle stroll into Winchcombe. leaving Winchcombe, you gradually ascend to the long barrow of Belas Knap. From here, a steep descent takes you down to Postlip Hall before a long and steady climb up to Cleeve Common and the eventual summit of Cleeve Hill. 

Moyen
Distance 22,4 km
6:30 h.
588 m
382 m
316 m
79 m

The first point of call today is the hamlet of Church Stanway and the ornate gatehouse and tithe barn of Stanway House. From here there is a steep climb up to Stumps Cross and onto the Iron Age Hill Fort of Beckbury Camp for commanding views over the surrounding area. A short descent takes you down to the remains of the medieval Hailes Abbey then continuing over the fields and into Winchcombe. 

Leaving Winchcombe things to become a bit more demanding but historically an exciting one passing Sudeley Castle in the distance and the Neolithic long barrow of Belas Knap. From here, you ascend onto Cleeve Common with panoramic views over the Cheltenham countryside. Follow the way as it takes you to the summit of Cleeve Hill, the highest point on the Cotswold Way!

Note de l'auteur

Cleeve Hill is the highest point on the whole of the Cotswold Way, and panoramic views extend over Cheltenham and the surrounding area. You may decide to not summit Cleeve Hill itself today and instead come off the trail earlier if you overnight in Cleeve Hill itself (saves you having to do this same section again the following morning).

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Auteur
Macs Adventure
Mise à jour: 01.09.2022
Difficulté
Moyen
Technicité
Niveau physique
Expérience
Paysage
Point le plus élevé
316 m
Point le plus bas
79 m

Type de chemin

Chemin 16,39%Sentier 25,13%Route 0,23%Inconnu 58,23%
Chemin
3,7 km
Sentier
5,6 km
Route
0,1 km
Inconnu
13,1 km
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Lieux où se restaurer

The Mount Inn Stanton
Stanway House
Shortcut Waymarker via Winchcombe Way
Beckbury Camp
Hayles Fruit Farm
Hailes Abbey
Food & Drink Supplies - Winchcombe
The Lion Inn
5 North St
Winchcombe Museum
Food Fanatics Winchcombe
Sudeley Castle
The Corner Cupboard
Belas Knap
Cleeve Hill Golf Club
Rising Sun Hotel
Cleeve Hill

Consignes de sécurité

Route

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.

There are a few climbs and one steep descent which might be tricky during or after wet weather. Care is needed particularly if you are tired.

When walking off the summit of Cleeve Hill and along the edge of the escarpment take care, especially in strong winds or poor visibility. This section is fairly straightforward with no particular hazards.

The Cotswold Way is well marked so navigation should be easy. Look out for the acorn signs which are the National Trail markers.

Conseils et recommandations supplémentaires

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

Stanton is a small hamlet with just one pub and no facilities. There are opportunities for refreshments on the walk at the Fruit Farm near Hailes Abbey, in Winchcombe itself (We recommend going to Food Fanatics for a grab-and-go or the Lion Inn if you're having a sit-down meal). Also, an opportunity for refreshments at the golf course just before you approach Cleeve Hill. Be sure to carry enough fluids and snacks with you

Lunch

Packed lunch isn't essential as there are plenty of options in Winchcombe for a sit-down lunch or to grab a sandwich and go.

Post walk Drinks

Rising Sun Hotel in Cleeve Hill

 

Public Transport

The 606 Bus towards Cheltenham goes from Stanton to Winchcombe. You will then catch a connecting bus to Cleeve Hill on the W Stagecoach route. Bus timetables change year on year and can be seasonal. Be sure to check https://www.pulhamscoaches.com/  (the local operator who runs this 606 service) and https://www.stagecoachbus.com/plan-a-journey  (Who run the W Service) for up-to-date timetables. 

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 (Wotton-Under-Edge Area): +44 (0) 1793 701 701

Départ

War Memorial Plaque, Stanton (105 m)
Coordonnées :
OS Grid
SP 06805 34255
DD
52.006690, -1.902268
DMS
52°00'24.1"N 1°54'08.2"W
UTM
30U 575347 5762351
w3w 
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Arrivée

Summit Post box and signpost, Charlton Kingsmarkers, Cleeve Hill

Itinéraire

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn-by-turns to aid you on your walk from Stanton to Cleeve Hill. Whilst, the Cotswolds are waymarked it can be featureless and off the beaten path at some sections so 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 with your back to the war memorial plaque and the Cotswold Way signpost GO STRAIGHT ON along the main street towards Stanway. Go past the thatched cottage and the small village green then BEAR LEFT onto the signposted Bridleway.

0.20 km – Just before a wooden gate TURN RIGHT onto the footpath signposted to Stanway and GO STRAIGHT ON over a series of ridges and furrows (an ancient field cultivation system), to a wooden gate and bridge. GO STRAIGHT ON along the footpath for approx 0.5 km.

0.75 km – Arriving at a wooden gate, BEAR RIGHT across the field and GO STRAIGHT ON across several fields, for approx 1 km. Follow the prominent marker posts to reach a tarmac road.

1.90 km – At the tarmac road TURN LEFT (noting the thatched cricket pavilion opposite), and GO STRAIGHT ON passing the Medieval Tithe Barn, partly obscured on the left and Stanway Church.

2.30 km – Just past the church TURN LEFT by the old yew tree and follow the signposted path to Wood Stanway and the main road.

2.60 km – At the main road TURN LEFT then in 50 m TURN RIGHT, crossing the road with care, and GO STRAIGHT ON along the footpath signposted to Wood Stanway. (Again, noting the Ridge & Furrow field system on the left).

3.50 km – At the small tarmac road TURN LEFT past the buildings and GO STRAIGHT ON gradually uphill. BEAR RIGHT at the signposted track past the farm.

3.90 km – At a wooden stile BEAR RIGHT onto the path as it emerges onto an open hill slope and ascends gradually towards a wooded ridge. Extensive views of the surrounding countryside can now be seen.

4.40 km – At a wooden gate in a wall TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON up the wooden steps, following the wooden marker posts uphill to the ridge. Go past the welcome seat to arrive at the main road at Stumps Cross. 

5.20 km – At the tarmac road TURN RIGHT by the stump of the old cross onto the waymarked track to Winchcombe and GO STRAIGHT ON for approx 1km.

6.10 km – At a track junction by a waymarker and No Tipping sign, TURN RIGHT into the open field. Follow the stone wall on your right around the edge of the field with panoramic views over the Vale of Evesham. (Note the ramparts of the Iron Age Hill Fort on your left as you pass through).

6.80 km- At the corner of the field TURN RIGHT through a wooden gate by a stone monument and descend down the slope. GO STRAIGHT ON diagonally across the open fields.

7.50 km – At the foot of the slope TURN RIGHT through a wooden gate onto the footpath signposted to Hailes Abbey and Winchcombe. GO STRAIGHT ON along the shaded path for approx 1km.

8.40 km – Arriving at a tarmac road TURN RIGHT along the road towards Hailes Abbey. However, should you require refreshments there is a café at the fruit farm to the left.

8.80 km – Just past the entrance to the Abbey and opposite the church, TURN LEFT through a wooden gate. GO STRAIGHT ON along the path signposted to Winchcombe passing some houses to a tarmac road

9.10 km – At the tarmac road TURN RIGHT, and then in 100 m TURN LEFT onto a waymarked track. GO STRAIGHT ON for approx 0.5 km.

9.60 km – At a wooden marker post TURN RIGHT off the track and onto a grassy footpath. GO STRAIGHT ON across the fields for approx 1km following the wooden marker posts towards Winchcombe.

10.70 km – At a wooden gate and footbridge, GO STRAIGHT ON, along a muddy track to the end.

11.50 km – At the end of Puck Pit Pane TURN LEFT along the main road towards Winchcombe. GO STRAIGHT ON along the main street and past the museum.

12.40 km – Arriving at the War Memorial, standing with your back it facing Dent Almshouses, TURN RIGHT along the main street, then in 20m TURN LEFT down Vineyard Street and over the river.

12.60 km – Just over the river bridge, TURN RIGHT through the metal gate and onto the footpath signposted Cotswold Way. GO STRAIGHT ON along a well-defined path towards the power cables in the distance.

13.30 km – At the tarmac road, TURN LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON for approx 400 m. At the road sign TURN RIGHT through the metal gate and BEAR LEFT up the tarmac drive signposted to Belas Knap. GO STRAIGHT ON past the cricket pitch.

14.00 km – At the wooden signpost BEAR LEFT, through the wooden gate and GO STRAIGHT ON up the grassy slope, following the wooden marker posts. Sudeley Castle can just be glimpsed through the trees to the left.

14.60 km – At the tarmac road junction, GO STRAIGHT ON up the footpath through the wood, parallel to the road.

14.70 km – At a metal gate TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON around the edge of the field. There are good views emerging to the right.

15.30 km – At the top of the slope BEAR LEFT through the metal gate and GO STRAIGHT ON to Belas Knap Neolithic Long Barrow.

15.70 km – Arriving at the long barrow TURN RIGHT, over the stone stiles and GO STRAIGHT ON towards the power cables. (However, you should take some time to look around the burial chamber).

16.40 km – At the end of the field TURN LEFT onto the gravel track signposted Cotswold Way and GO STRAIGHT ON for approx 0.5 km

16.90 km - At the signpost TURN RIGHT off the track and through the metal gate. GO STRAIGHT ON over the field and under the power cables.

17.40 km – At the end of the field go through a metal gate and GO STRAIGHT ON descending steeply through a wood. At the wooden gate at the bottom of the hill GO STRAIGHT ON along the main path. (NB; do not turn left).

18.50 km – Just past a small stable TURN LEFT through a wooden gate onto a path signposted Cotswold Way. GO STRAIGHT ON gradually descending down through the trees.

18.90 km – At the wooden bridge over the stream, GO STRAIGHT ON up the well-defined path, past the farm buildings and towards Postlip Hall.

19.60 km – Just before the river TURN LEFT, through the gate and GO STRAIGHT ON past Postlip Hall. Follow the large stone wall to your right, through the stables and past the wayside spring.

20.10 km – At the wooden gate GO STRAIGHT ON out onto Cleeve Common and follow the prominent sandy path and wooden marker posts up the hill. This long steady climb is approx 1.3 km with the golf course to the left and panoramic views to the right.

21.50 km – Just after the small car park, BEAR LEFT by the Golf Club House (open to non-members for refreshments) and GO STRAIGHT ON up the hill. Follow the wooden marker posts to the summit with splendid views all around.

NOTE: As there are not many accommodations in Cleeve Hill, you may end up overnighting in Cheltenham, Winchcombe or Broadway via taxi transfer from Cleeve Hill Golf Club. A return transfer will take you back here the following morning.

22.20 km - if you are overnighting in Cleeve Hill you may wish to come off the path now by turning right and following it directly into Cleeve Hill and climbing to the summit the following morning.

22.40 km – If you carried on to the summit, you will arrive at the triangulation pillar summit marker take some time to enjoy the views before retracing your steps back down and into Cleeve Hill for your overnight accommodation. 

 

*** This is the end of our Stanton to Cleeve Hill route. ***

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Coordonnées

OS Grid
SP 06805 34255
DD
52.006690, -1.902268
DMS
52°00'24.1"N 1°54'08.2"W
UTM
30U 575347 5762351
w3w 
///affluente.sonorisation.laconiquement
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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).

S'équiper

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 plenty of options to buy food and water today along the trail - There are however no general convenience stores in Stanton.


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Durée
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Dénivelé positif
588 m
Dénivelé négatif
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Point le plus élevé
316 m
Point le plus bas
79 m

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