GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Haresfield Beacon Walk

5 miles (7.5 km)

Enjoy woodland trails and wonderful views over the Severn Vale and the Cotswolds on this circular walk near Stroud. There are miles of walking and cycling trails on which to explore the large estate. On the way you will pass wildflower meadows, an Iron Age hill fort and the Bronze Age Long Barrow of Haresfield Beacon.
This walk starts at the car park and follows the Cotswold Way National Trail through Standish Wood. You pass the Long Barrow and Standish Quarry before heading through the countryside to Oxlynch. The path then passes Vinegar Hill and Ring Hill before reaching the topograph where you can enjoy splendid views. From the topograph it is a short walk back to the car park and the finish point.
The area is superb for interesting flora and fauna. Look out for bluebells in Standish woods and orchids and butterflies in the limestone grasslands. You may also see buzzardsand kestrels from the viewpoints.
The whole of this route is for walkers but much of it is suitable for mountain bikers too.
If you would like to continue your walking in this beautiful area then you could head south of Stroud and visit Rodborough Common and Woodchester Park for more great walking trails. You could also pick the Cotswold Canals Walk and enjoy waterside walking along the Stroudwater canal through Stroud.


GL10 3ES - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Haresfield Beacon OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Haresfield Beacon Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Beacon Inn is conveniently located just to the west of the hill. The walker friendly pub does good food and has a nice garden to relax in on warmer days. You can find it at a postcode of GL10 3DX for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The hill and surrounding woodland make for a great dog walk and you can take them of leads too. The Beacon pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Footpath to Haresfield Beacon - - 1123659

This footpath ascends Haresfield Beacon from the south, Vinegar Hill is on the left and Haresfield Beacon is behind the oak tree.

Earthworks on Haresfield Beacon - - 1318219

Earthworks on Haresfield Beacon. The map says Tumulus; there are certainly substantial earthworks on this hill

Topograph on Haresfield Beacon - - 86369

Topograph on the Beacon. The Severn Estuary can be seen in the distance.

Cotswold Way path at Haresfield Beacon - - 160027

Cotswold Way path on the hill. The Cotswold Way path runs east along the ridge at Haresfield Beacon from the triangulation pillar towards Bunkers Bank.

Vinegar Hill - - 147616

Vinegar Hill. Vinegar hill lies on the lower slopes of Haresfield Beacon where the Cotswold Way path travels by.

The Cotswold Way at Bunker's Bank - - 3443561

The Cotswold Way at Bunker's Bank

Cotswold Way path at Ring Hill - - 145930

Cotswold Way path at Ring Hill. The Cotswold Way path runs along Ring Hill as you walk from Haresfield Beacon.

The Cotswold Way at Shortwood - - 3443626

The Cotswold Way at Shortwood


GPS Files

GPX File

Haresfield Beacon.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Haresfield Beacon.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)