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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: 6.2 miles
- Duration: 3-4 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate to difficult - Paths can be uneven and muddy
- 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 walk taster video (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.
- The Tolsey Clock - is attached to the Tolsey building and is one of the feature landmarks of the town. This particular clock has been in place since Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, but there has been a clock on the building since 1595.
- Blackquarries Hill Long Barrow - For a slight diversion you can take a detour onto the site of Blackquarries Hill Long Barrow, where there is an information board that shows the history of the site. Known locally as the ‘Clump’ this structure is generally considered to be a long barrow, possibly Neolithic. According to Crawford (Long Barrows of the Cotswolds, 1925) the structure has been considerably mutilated by stone digging leaving only “amorphous remains”.
To download the walk details please see here: Cotswold Gateway - Wotton-Under-Edge 2 Route
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More Cotswold Gateways walks and cycle routes are available on the Cotswolds National Landscape website.