Castle Combe Walk
Enjoy a short circular walk around this delightful Cotswolds village. It's like stepping back in time with its pretty little thatched cottages, a beautiful old church with a medieval clock and traditional country pubs. The lovely Bybrook River also runs through the village with little footbridges to cross. All in all Castle Combe generally ranks very high in any 'prettiest English village' polls!
This short circular walk starts in the centre of the village, near the Castle Inn and church. You then pass through the village and along the river before returning to the car park through woodland.
The Macmillan Way long distance walk runs through the village so you can easily pick this up to extend your walk into the surrounding Cotswolds countryside. You could follow it further south along the Bybrook to Slaughterford or west along the Broadmead Brook. Heading north will take you towards the Badminton House and Estate where there are two large ponds, several deer, attractive parkland and the 17th century Badminton House.
The Palladian Way also runs through the village. The long distance trail runs from Buckingham to Bath through the beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. The trail is named after Andre Palladio's Italian architecture and visits several pretty villages and includes waterside sections along the Oxford Canal and the River Windrush. You could follow the trail north east and visit nearby Hullavington. Heading south west will take you to Colerne.
PostcodeSN14 7HN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Castle Combe Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Castle Combe Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Castle Combe OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Castle Combe Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Castle Combe
- Macmillan Way - This epic long distance path links Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset
- Palladian Way - Walk from Buckingham to Bath through the beautiful countryside of Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire on this trail named after Andre Palladio's Italian architecture
- Badminton House and Estate - Enjoy a walk through the Duke of Beaufort's estate on this easy circular walk in the Cotswolds
- Biddestone - This pretty village is located in a pleasant rural location in north west Wiltshire
- Box - This Wiltshire based village is located close to Corsham and Bath in a nice rural part of the county. There's some nice waterside walking along the By Brook and a significant waymarked trail running through the area
The village has some wonderful old pubs to visit after your walk. The Castle Inn dates from the 12th century with many features of the original construction still in place today. There's an attractive bar, a conservatory or a courtyard for warmer days. You can find the pub on West Street with a postcode of SN14 7HN for your sat navs.
If you prefer a cafe then you could head to the charming Old Stables. This Rustic, old coverted barn serves delicious cakes and sandwiches. You can find them at The Estate Yard at a postcode of SN14 7HU.
The area around the village is great for dog walking with plenty of countryside trails and woodland paths to the south and west. The Castle Inn pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Take time to explore the wonderful St Andrews Church in the village. The historic building dates all the way back to the 13th century. There's a splendid monument of a Norman Knight and beautiful fan vaulting reminiscent of Bath Abbey. There's also the faceless clock which is thought to be one of the oldest working clocks in the country.
Head south and you could visit the neighbouring village of Biddestone. The settlement is very quaint with a village pond, attractive cottages and views of the Bybrook River which meanders through the area. Near here is the village of Box. The village includes more nice trails along the By Brook and the famous Box railway tunnel created by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the early 19th century.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cotswolds Walks and Wiltshire Walks pages.