GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Winchcombe Way

42 miles (68 km)

This super figure of eight trail takes you on a tour of the stunning northern area of the Cotswolds. The route runs for a distance of just over 40 miles.
The walk begins at the lovely town of Winchcombe and heads to Dumbleton via Gretton and Alderton. At Dumbleton you turn south over Dumbleton Hill and through Alstone toward Cleeve Hill and Common. Cleeve Hill is the highest point both of the Cotswolds hill range and in the county of Gloucestershire, at 1083 ft. Here you will also find Belas Knap neolithic chambered long barrow. A scheduled ancient monument in the care of English Heritage, it has been described as an 'outstanding example representing a group of long barrows commonly referred to as the Cotswold-Severn group'.
Shortly after Belas Knap you return to Winchcombe where the next section of the walk takes to Temple Guiting, passing through Guiting Wood on the way.
The path continues to Snowshill where you can explore the delightful Snowshill Manor.
Here you can view Charles Wade's collection of 'colour, craftsmanship and design' and enjoy the beautiful hillside gardens.
From Stanshill you continue through Buckland and Stanton before coming to another major route highlight at Stanway House. This splendid Jacobean manor house is right on the trail and open to the public. There are also beautiful gardens and a 300ft high fountain which is the tallest gravity fountain in the world.
The final section of the walk takes you back to Winchcombe, passing Didbrook and the National Trust owned Hailes Abbey with its 13th century ruins and excellent museum.

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Winchcombe Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Winchcombe Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Photos

High Street, Winchcombe - geograph.org.uk - 616946

High Street, Winchcombe. Start point for the route.

Cleeve Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1334695

The steep western escarpment of Cleeve Hill.

Belas Knap Long Barrow, Ancient Monument - geograph.org.uk - 749576

Belas Knap Long Barrow, Ancient Monument. Belas Knap is one of the finest neolithic long barrows in Gloucestershire. Like all the other seventy or so known long barrows in the county, it is located on the limestone uplands of the Cotswolds. The long distance footpath The Cotswold Way passes this feature.

Gateposts, Snowshill Manor - geograph.org.uk - 1567307

Gateposts, Snowshill Manor. Visitors enter the manor gardens through these gates, painted Wade blue; the house is to the left of the camera. The gateposts date from around 1720 and are listed. Behind the hedge and across the village street are the 17th century Manor Farm Cottages.

Stanway House - geograph.org.uk - 890712

Stanway House is a wonderful place set in the Cotswolds and is sometimes used as a setting in films and period dramas. Stanway House, both exterior and interior, was the main filming location for the Father Brown episode "The Labyrinth of the Minotaur".

Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire - geograph.org.uk - 1822902

Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire

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