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  • Start: Methodist Church
  • End: Methodist Church
  • Country: England
  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Type: Country
  • Nearest pub:
  • Ordnance Survey:
  • Difficulty: Medium

Description

A stile-free walk from the Cotswolds Conservation Board. This walk includes a picturesque circuit of Brailes Hill from Upper Brailes village, wildflower meadows and 'the Cathedral of the Feldon' church at Brailes

Distance:


8 kilometres/5 miles (3 hours)



Start:


Nr Methodist Church



Route:


Walk south to Henbrook Lane and turn right taking note of the small conservation area on the left-hand corner. Continue up the lane passing some very picturesque cottages until you see a converted barn on your left. Turn right up the waymarked bridleway.



A short way after going through a gate into an undulating field (which could have been the quarry for the stone used when building Sutton-Under-Brailes) stop and turn to look down hill to the southeast.


To your left you will see the tower of St Georges Church at Brailes, known as the Cathedral of the Feldon. The tower has a heavy set of six bells and a chiming mechanism plays three separate hymn tunes every weekday, and a different one on Sundays. The church is well worth a visit if only to see the scale model of it which is made from used matchsticks. From this point you are looking across Brailes Golf Club to Mine Hill.



Keeping the fence on your right go straight on to another gateway and take the track to the farm through another gate With the buildings on your left, turn right at a wide gateway and bear left to the track along the field edge. Looking left, over the hedge; you can see the villages of Sutton-Under-Brailes, Stourton and Cherington.



Go through the bridle-gate at the end of this track; keep straight on through another gate, a metal bridle gate and three more gates. Now you bear left before going downhill to a bridle-gate out on to the road. This field is a Site


of Special Scientific Interest so please take care of the plant life.



Turn right to pass through North Farm. Keep to the track (rather rough) passing a pool on your left then straight on through a gateway to meet a track at the field edge.



After passing a bridle-gate on your left (private access) find a way marker to send you right handed up the cultivated field to an old oak tree. Turn left and keeping the hedge on your right come


to a bridle-gate, pass through, turn left down the track to a gateway where you bear right. Where this track turns right walk straight on then look left to find a marked path across the field.


At the roadside, by the high tree line ahead, pass over a bridge, turn right into Upper Brailes passing a Public House on your left back to the start.


Distance:


8 kilometres/5 miles (3 hours)



Start:


Nr Methodist Church



Route:


Walk south to Henbrook Lane and turn right taking note of the small conservation area on the left-hand corner. Continue up the lane passing some very picturesque cottages until you see a converted barn on your left. Turn right up the waymarked bridleway.



A short way after going through a gate into an undulating field (which could have been the quarry for the stone used when building Sutton-Under-Brailes) stop and turn to look down hill to the southeast.


To your left you will see the tower of St Georges Church at Brailes, known as the Cathedral of the Feldon. The tower has a heavy set of six bells and a chiming mechanism plays three separate hymn tunes every weekday, and a different one on Sundays. The church is well worth a visit if only to see the scale model of it which is made from used matchsticks. From this point you are looking across Brailes Golf Club to Mine Hill.



Keeping the fence on your right go straight on to another gateway and take the track to the farm through another gate With the buildings on your left, turn right at a wide gateway and bear left to the track along the field edge. Looking left, over the hedge; you can see the villages of Sutton-Under-Brailes, Stourton and Cherington.



Go through the bridle-gate at the end of this track; keep straight on through another gate, a metal bridle gate and three more gates. Now you bear left before going downhill to a bridle-gate out on to the road. This field is a Site


of Special Scientific Interest so please take care of the plant life.



Turn right to pass through North Farm. Keep to the track (rather rough) passing a pool on your left then straight on through a gateway to meet a track at the field edge.



After passing a bridle-gate on your left (private access) find a way marker to send you right handed up the cultivated field to an old oak tree. Turn left and keeping the hedge on your right come


to a bridle-gate, pass through, turn left down the track to a gateway where you bear right. Where this track turns right walk straight on then look left to find a marked path across the field.


At the roadside, by the high tree line ahead, pass over a bridge, turn right into Upper Brailes passing a Public House on your left back to the start.

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