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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.
- Distance: 4.9 miles
- Duration:4 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Parking: There are three free car parks
- Public transport: accessible from Stroud, Gloucester via Dursley, Bristol and Yate by bus
- Refreshments: Plenty of places to Eat & Drink in Wotton-under-Edge
- View taster video of walk (c) Dale Curtis
Points of Interest:
- Jubilee Clump (Battle of Waterloo Trees) on Wotton Hill - Trees were planted on this summit in 1815 to commemorate the victory at Waterloo. The next set of replacements for the original set of trees were planted to commemorate the jubilee of Her Late Majesty Queen Victoria in 1887. New trees were again planted in 1952. The site was also used in 1588 to house a beacon to warn of the approach of the Spanish Armada.
- Tyndale Monument - The monument positioned prominently on a hill above the village of North Nibley is dedicated to the martyr William Tyndale. Tyndale's mission was to translate The Bible into English so that ordinary folk could read it for themselves rather than relying on priests for an interpretation. His reward was to be strangled and then burned at the stake. The monument which is 111 feet high was completed in 1866 and officially opened on 6th of November of that year. The reward for climbing the 120 steps is a wonderful view of the Berkeley Vale and the river Severn to the Black Mountains. The monument is open 24 hours a day every day. The steps up have automatic lighting.
- Brackenbury Ditches - a 2000 year old hill fort in woodland on the Cotswold Edge above North Nibley.
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More Cotswold Gateways walks and cycle routes are available on the Cotswolds National Landscape website.