Stanton Circular Walk
This pretty Cotswolds village is located in Gloucestershire at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment on the Cotswold Way National Trail.
It's a delightful and historic place with several ancient houses built from the honey coloured limestone quarried from the nearby Shenberrow Hill. There's also a Norman church and a fine 17th century pub to relax in after your exercise.
This circular walk from the village visits two of the historic highlights of the area at Stanway House and Snowshill Manor.
Starting in the village you first follow the Cotswold Way and the Winchcombe Way south to Stanway House. The Jacobean manor house dates to the 16th century and is famous for its 300 feet single-jet fountain, the highest in Britain and the highest gravity fountain in the world. There's also some lovely grounds where you can stroll to the 18th-century water-garden, 14th century Tithe Barn and attractive woodland.
The route then heads north east through the peaceful woodland trails at Lidcombe Wood before coming to the neighbouring village of Snowshill. Here you can visit the National Trust's Snowshill Manor. The 16th century manor includes a fine exhibition of eclectic objects collected by the architect and poet Charles Paget Wade. Outside there's some picturesque grounds with gardens, terraces, a model village, a Victorian church and ponds.
The route then heads west through Littleworth Wood before passing Shenberrow Hill where there is a hill fort thought to date to the Iron Age. Shortly after you descend back into Stanton where the walk finishes.
PostcodeWR12 7NE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Stanton Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Stanton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Stanton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Stanton
- Snowshill - This circular walk around the village of Snowshill makes use of the Cotswold Way long distance footpath to explore the surrounding countryside
- Donnington Way - Cotswolds Pub Walk - Visit the 15 pubs of the Donnington Brewery on this super pub walk through the Cotswolds
- Cotswold Way Circular Walk - Chipping Campden - This splendid circular walk uses the Cotswold Way and the Donnington Way to explore the countryside and landmarks surrounding the Cotswold villages of Chipping Campden and Broadway
- Broadway Tower Country Park - Enjoy fabulous views of the Cotswolds AONB in this beautiful park in Broadway, Worcestershire
- Sudeley Castle - Explore the award-winning gardens and beautiful 1,200 acre estate surrounding this 15th century castle near Winchcombe in the Cotswolds.
- Winchcombe Way - This super figure of eight trail takes you on a tour of the stunning northern area of the Cotswolds
Back in the village you can enjoy some post walk refreshments at the Mount Inn. The attractive 17th century pub sits in an elevated position on a mount at the end of the village. You can sit outside in the garden area and enjoy views across the Vale of Evesham towards the Malvern Hills & even the Black Welsh mountains beyond.
They have a great food menu and a good selection of drinks.
The ancient building has an interesting history having originally been a farmhouse. Sometime later it became a "cobbler shop", a tea room and then an off-licence.
You can find the inn on the High Street at postcode WR12 7NE for your sat navs. The pub is dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north of the village there's one of the area highlights at Broadway Tower Country Park. From the wonderful 18th century tower there are glorious views across the Cotswolds AONB.