Following the Cotswold Way from the small town of Winchcombe through Hailes and its ruined abbey, past Breckbury Camp and down into the villages of Wood Stanton, Stanway and Stanton.
Today's walk has some climbing spread out throughout the day as you pass idyllic villages, vivid history and country pubs. From sleepy Winchcombe, you wander along bridleways, tracks and open fields to Hailes. The abbey in Hailes is a holy place, and a small pilgrimage from Winchcombe to Hailes was a popular journey. Passing a small medieval church you climb through a thick forest over the hill fort of Beckbury Camp which sits above Cromwell's seat, where Thomas Cromwell sat and watched the sacking and looting of Hailes Abbey during the dissolution.
Note de l'auteur
In the small hamlets of Church Stanway and Hailes, seek out Stanway House and the Tithe Barn as well as the ruins of Hailes Abbey. The stone monument passed on the walk supposedly marks the spot from which Thomas Cromwell watched its destruction.
Type de chemin
Lieux où se restaurerThe Corner Cupboard
The Lion Inn
Food Fanatics Winchcombe
5 North St
Food & Drink Supplies - Winchcombe
The Mount Inn Stanton
Hunters Tea Room
Russell's Fish & Chips
The Broadway Hotel
General Food & Drink Supplies - Broadway
Consignes de sécurité
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 wild animals than domestic pets - particularly dogs.
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.
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
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 9 am till 5 pm - 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 www.themountinn.co.uk which serves food, Check the website for opening times (it can close on certain days).
The 606 Bus towards Cheltenham goes from Winchcombe to Broadway. Bus timetables change year on year and can be seasonal. Be sure to check https://www.pulhamscoaches.com/ (the local operator who runs this 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
TDM Taxis (Broadway Area): +44 (0) 7919 160 630
Starline Taxi (Cheltenham/Winchcombe Area): +44 (0) 1242 250 250
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 no reliable options to buy food or water en route today (with the exception of a small fruit farm shop) so be sure to bring enough water and snacks with you before leaving Broadway.
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