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Sat 2. Winchcombe, a Castle, a ruined Abbey and hill farms.

Event Details

Restarting Events

We are restarting some events with the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Walks can once again take place in England, Scotland and Wales, and will be run in accordance with local regulations.   In most cases our walks will allow for a maximum of 30 participants, although a lower limit may be in place following an event's risk assessment.   All walks require every participant to pre-book via the website.

General information

This 10 mile walk takes in parts of the Cotswolds Way, the Wardens Way, and Campden Lane, a former drovers path.

We start by crossing open fields, accompanied by whistles from the nearby steam railway.  We soon arrive at the remains of Hailes Abbey, a Cistercian abbey founded in 1246 by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, and the tiny parish church with its medieval wall paintings and 15th c Rood Screen, where we'll stop for a coffee break.

We then commence the long steady ascent on the edge of woodland, getting great views of Bredon Hill, the Malverns, the Clee Hills, and even the distant Black Mountains, if it's a clear day.  We pass through the hamlet of Farmcote with it's herb farm and tiny restored Norman church, continuing along Campden Lane to our lunch stop.

After lunch we start our descent along the Saltway, passing close by Sudeley Castle before our return to Winchcombe, enjoying more panoramic views along the way.

Terrain / Difficulty

Walking over open fields and bridleways, meaning boots are essential.

Approximate Distance

10 miles

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