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Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton

Dagwandeling · Cotswolds
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  • Old fountain, Old Sodbury
    Old fountain, Old Sodbury
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Today's walk starts with a short and easy section connecting Old Sodbury to Tormarton via Coombs End and Dodington Park Estate eventually leading you to the penultimate stretch of the Cotswold Way through farmland, woodland and meadows to the pretty village of Cold Ashton.

Afstand 14,4 km
4:30 u
183 m
97 m
209 m
114 m

Leaving Old Sodbury the Cotswold Way leads through fields to Coombs End. Here farmland gives way to the parkland of the Dodington Estate, originally designed by Capability Brown. Leaving the estate the path continues to the small village of Tormarton to the Interesting church of St Mary Magdalene. From Tormarton the route goes over the busy M4 motorway before veering off into the more peaceful countryside. The country lanes take you to the edge of Dyrham Park and past Hinton Hill with its ancient hill fort. Through the hamlet of Dryham and past the National Trust Dyrham House with its exquisite gardens, you finally arrive in the quiet village of Cold Ashton with its marvellous southerly aspect.

Tip van de auteur

Enjoy the rural tranquillity of today’s walk and the final views from the diminishing Cotswold escarpment before the hustle and bustle of Bath. In spring keep a lookout for the many different butterfly types seen in the meadows on this walk.

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Laatste wijziging op: 30.08.2022
Hoogste punt
209 m
Laagste punt
114 m


Asfalt 3,06%Grindpad 0,80%Weg 7,50%Pad 55,27%Straat 6,69%onbekend 26,65%
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The Dog Inn
General Food and Drink Supplies - Old Sodbury Cotswold Service Station
Dodington Park Estate
Church of St Mary Magdalene
Turn off Waymarker - For Hinton Hillfort and the Bull Inn
Hinton Hillfort
The Bull
Dyrham Park
General Supplies Food & Drink - Pennsylvania Garage
Holy Trinity Church
Cold Ashton


The only hazard you will encounter today is traffic. The main roads you have to cross today can be extremely busy at peak times. Please exercise extreme care and only cross when the road is clear.

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

Tips en 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

The Cotswold Service Station at Old Sodbury can serve you with some general supplies before leaving for your walk today (note - it is not open on a Sunday).  There is a garage shop in Pennsylvania near the end of the walk. This is on the main road and opens all week, but there are no other facilities en route. Please note the White Hart near Cold Ashton mentioned in some guidebooks is no longer a hotel.


A packed Lunch is recommended today. However, The Compass Inn and Bull Inn are options around the Tormarton area/Dyrham Park respectively (both do require a slight detour to reach them). If you wish to visit them, please ensure you check they are open to avoid disappointment. 

Post Walk Drinks

Unfortunately, there are no longer any pubs in Cold Ashton but you are likely to be transferred to Bath where you have multiple options - be sure to check your info pack for recommendations.


Public Transport

As there is no accommodation in Cold Ashton you are likely overnighting in Bath - you can catch a direct bus from Old Sodbury to Bath - the 620 Service run by Stagecoach:

If you wish to go to Cold Ashton instead of Bath then we recommend a taxi.

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  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


Old Fountain, Old Sodbury (118 m)
OS Grid
ST 75335 81545
51.532271, -2.356965
51°31'56.2"N 2°21'25.1"W
30U 544603 5709214


The seat in front of the Old Rectory, Cold Ashton


*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn-by-turns to aid you on your walk from Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton. 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 by the old fountain and facing the pub, cross the road with care and GO STRAIGHT ON along Chapel Lane. In 400m by a no-turning sign, TURN LEFT through a metal gate, then BEAR RIGHT through the field. GO STRAIGHT ON across the fields with good views to the left to Coomb End.

0.90 km – At a tarmac road, Catchpot Lane, TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON into Coomb End.

1.20 km – Just past the end of Chapel Lane TURN LEFT through a metal gate in a stone wall and into the Dodington Park Estate. The parkland has been designed by Capability Brown. Follow the signposted Cotswold Way path to Tormorton and GO STRAIGHT ON with the wooden marker posts to guide you for approx 2km. Eventually, over a stone stile, you will reach a busy main road (A46).

3.1 km – At the main road cross with care and GO STRAIGHT ON across the fields and small roads towards the village of Tormorton.

3.80 km – At a Metal gate by a tarmac road TURN LEFT then in 50m, TURN RIGHT over a stone stile following the Cotswold Way signpost towards the church.

3.90 km – With your back to the stone stile and facing the church in Tormarton, TURN RIGHT along the pavement. Just past the bus shelter TURN LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON along Marshfield Road and across the M4 Motorway. Take care here as there is no pavement.

4.80 km – Just over the motorway bridge TURN RIGHT along the small tarmac road, signposted Cotswold Way to Dyrham. GO STRAIGHT ON towards the farm.

5.20 km - Arriving at the barn, BEAR LEFT past the farm on the left and GO STRAIGHT ON between the buildings into the field. Follow the wooden marker posts and the stone wall on the right for approx 1km.

6.30 km – At the end of the wall TURN RIGHT by a wooden marker post and follow the path slightly downhill. In 50m BEAR LEFT through the trees and GO STRAIGHT ON along the path to the busy A46 main road.

6.80 km – Cross the road at the traffic island with care and TURN RIGHT along the small tarmac lane. Just before the No Entry road signs TURN LEFT into the wood following the path signposted to Dyrham. GO STRAIGHT ON around the edge of the wood with good views ahead.

7.70 km - Just past the end of the wood TURN LEFT at the wooden marker post and GO STRAIGHT ON towards the wind turbine and under the power cables to the tarmac road.

8.60 km – At the main road GO STRAIGHT ON, down the small tarmac lane opposite. 

9.00 km – On the bend, just in front of the barns TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON following the path beside the stone wall of Dyrham Park on the left for approx 1km. You pass Hinton Hill fort on the right before reaching a tarmac road. Follow the path that leads to Hinton Hill Fort if you wish to visit the Bull Inn in Hinton.

10.20 km – At the road, TURN LEFT and GO STRAIGHT ON past the church and Dyrham House on the left.

10.50 km – At a Y-shaped road junction with a welcome seat, BEAR LEFT up the tarmac lane between the buildings signposted Cotswold Way.

10.60 km – At the village road sign for Dyrham, TURN RIGHT through the hedge onto the path signposted to Cold Ashton. There is another thoughtfully provided tree seat here. GO STRAIGHT ON through the fields for approx 2km following the wooden marker posts. You will pass a pond on the right, cross a wooden footbridge; go up through Dryham Wood and onto a gravel track to the road.

12.60 km – At the main road, cross with care and BEAR LEFT through a metal gate. In 50m TURN RIGHT through another metal gate and GO STRAIGHT ON down the side of the field to reach the main A46 road. If you are staying at Swan Cottage turn left here, and go past the garage. 

13.30 km – Cross the busy main road with extreme care and GO STRAIGHT ON across the field on the path signposted to Cold Ashton. Cross the stone stile and BEAR LEFT to the road.

13.90 km – At the main road TURN LEFT past the village sign, The Folly and the cottages and the former White Hart Hotel. Opposite the bus stop. At the bus stop TURN RIGHT across the road and GO STRAIGHT ON along the lane and through the churchyard to Cold Ashton.

14.40 km – At the tarmac road TURN RIGHT and GO STRAIGHT ON to the bench beside the red post box in the wall. Here in front of the Old Rectory, you have reached the end of your walk. 

As there are not many options for accommodation in Cold Ashton you are likely to be getting a taxi transfer to Bath (with a return transfer back to Cold Ashton the following morning).


*** This is the end of our Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton route. ***


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OS Grid
ST 75335 81545
51.532271, -2.356965
51°31'56.2"N 2°21'25.1"W
30U 544603 5709214
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Boek aanbeveling door de auteur

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).


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 on today's walk to buy food and drink. Please ensure you bring enough snacks and fluids with you.

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