Walk around Northleach
Enjoy a circular walk around the market town of Northleach. The interesting town has a 14th century church and is home to the Old Prison museum and visitor centre, also called Escape to the Cotswolds. The route makes use of the waymarked North Cotswold Diamond Way and the Monarch's Way to explore the countryside around the town and visit the neighbouring village of Farmington.
Starting in the centre of town head south along the Diamond Way to Helen's Ditch. You then head east to Upper End, before turning north to Farmington. The little village has an old church, pretty cottages and a village green. At Farmington you pick up the Monarch's Way and head west back into Northleach, passing the noteworthy Eastington Manor on the way.
To extend your walking in the area just head a couple of miles east and visit Sherborne Park. The National Trust owned estate includes pleasure grounds, woodland trails and a 19th century ice house.
Northleach Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Northleach Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Northleach OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Northleach Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Back in the town The Wheatsheaf Inn is a good choice for some post walk refreshment. The 17th century former coaching inn has roaring fires in the winter and lovely gardens for warmer weather. You can find them on West Road with a postcode of GL54 3EZ for your sat navs.
The country trails make for a fine dog walk and the Wheatsheaf pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just a few miles west of the town you'll find the Chedworth Roman Villa. There's some nice woodland trails around Chedworth Woods and the ruins of a large, 4th century Romano-British villa complete with wonderful mosaics, bathhouses and latrines.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cotswolds Walks page.