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Cotswolds National Landscape has worked with local communities to create ten Cotswold Gateways locations, from which people can follow walking and cycling routes to explore the surrounding countryside of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Following footpaths, bridleways, and minor roads, these routes provide opportunities to discover hidden corners, epic views, historic sites, and a rich diversity of wildlife. This walk passes through fields and woods, with views of Newark Park , Wotton-under-Edge below the Cotswold Escarpment, and will take you past the Hawkesbury monument.
- Distance: 4 miles
- Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate – one steep climb
- Parking: the Village Hall Car Park can be used if the Hall is not in use (donations gratefully accepted via box onsite) so please check the Village Hall Car Park Calendar on the Hall site to confirm if OK
- Public transport: accessible from Wotton-under-Edge and Yate buses 84 & 85
- Refreshments: Beaufort Arms ; Fox Inn; Hawkesbury Stores
Points of Interest:
- Hawkesbury (Somerset) Monument - a tall tapering stone tower ashlar monument to Lord Robert Edward Somerset, by Lewis Vulliamy dated 1846. Lord Somerset was a soldier by occupation and became a General. He fought in the Waterloo war of 1815 that led to the end of the Napoleonic wars. He was born in Badminton and became an MP for Cirencester.
- Newark Park - a Grade I listed country house of Tudor origins located near the village of Ozleworth, was 16th Century hunting lodge of the Poyntz family of Iron Acton. Now owned by the National Trust the house sits in an estate of 700 acres at the southern end of the Cotswold escarpment with views down the Severn Valley to the Severn Estuary.
For more information please see here: Cotswold Gateway - Hawkesbury Upton 1 Route
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More Cotswold Gateways walks and cycle routes are available on the Cotswolds National Landscape website.