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  • Start: Public Car Park on Stinchcombe Hill
  • End: Public Car Park on Stinchcombe Hill
  • Country: England
  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Type: Country
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  • Difficulty: Medium

Description

A stile-free walk from the Cotswolds Conservation Board. A brief saunter around Stinchcombe Hill offering stunning views of the Cotswold Escarpment, Severn Vale and Forest of Dean. Enjoy snippets of local history and rest on a monument to the be...

Distance:


4 kilometres/Approx. 21/2 miles


(11/2 hours)



Start:


Public Car Park on Stinchcombe Hill



Route:


Much of the hilltop is leased to the golf club. Please keep to the path and respect the golfers.



From the car park turn right and follow around the top edge of Hollow Combe with the golf course on your right. Pass between the woods and the raised sixth tee to the slope overlooking Stancombe Park. Turn right and follow the path out to Drakestone Point.


From here there are fine views of the Cotswold escarpment, Nibley Monument and The Severn Bridges. The earthworks at Drakestone Point are thought to be the site of a hill fort. It is said that Berkely Castle was bombarded during the Civil War. Unfortunately the castle is no longer in view due to the encroachment of trees.


Take the path back along the spine of the hill to pass the stone seat which is a monument to Sir Stanley Tubbs the local benefactor who gave the hill in trust to the local people for recreation. Continue on to reach the Trig Point and Topograph. Bear slightly left to follow path down to the Tubbs memorial shelter. Follow the path around the shelter and in about 60 yards follow the Cotswold Way waymark on the right along the left edge of the golf course. Continue on past the eleventh and twelfth tees to arrive at the mounting stone. This is at the side of the old London Road which was a coach road from Berkley Castle. The mounting stone was used to enable horses to be re-mounted after being led up the steep hill. It is also thought that this was originally a Roman road across the hill.



Turn right on the coach road and then swing left to follow the wood edge on your left. Continue on to cross the metalled drive in front of Stinchcombe Hill House. Cross grassland with views on your left across the River Severn to Mayhill and the Forest of Dean and enter a woods ahead and continue through to reach view point overlooking Dursley. From here can be seen Cam Peak and Cam Long Down, Downham Hill, Uley Bury and the Cotswold escarpment. Continue on keeping high with the woods on your left (do not take track descending into woods). Pass between the groundsman's shed and the eighteenth tee and proceed on the waymarked track across the open grass to reach the clubhouse. Just past the clubhouse turn right on the waymarked path to cross the road and on towards the woods ahead.Turn right before entering the woods and follow the path along the edge of the hill back to the car park.



Miles without Stiles: 30 self-guided walks throughout the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, devised by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. Available for £3.95 plus 50p p&p from Cotswolds Conservation Board, Fosse Way, Northleach, Glos GL54 3JH, tel: 01451 862000.


Distance:


4 kilometres/Approx. 21/2 miles


(11/2 hours)



Start:


Public Car Park on Stinchcombe Hill



Route:


Much of the hilltop is leased to the golf club. Please keep to the path and respect the golfers.



From the car park turn right and follow around the top edge of Hollow Combe with the golf course on your right. Pass between the woods and the raised sixth tee to the slope overlooking Stancombe Park. Turn right and follow the path out to Drakestone Point.


From here there are fine views of the Cotswold escarpment, Nibley Monument and The Severn Bridges. The earthworks at Drakestone Point are thought to be the site of a hill fort. It is said that Berkely Castle was bombarded during the Civil War. Unfortunately the castle is no longer in view due to the encroachment of trees.


Take the path back along the spine of the hill to pass the stone seat which is a monument to Sir Stanley Tubbs the local benefactor who gave the hill in trust to the local people for recreation. Continue on to reach the Trig Point and Topograph. Bear slightly left to follow path down to the Tubbs memorial shelter. Follow the path around the shelter and in about 60 yards follow the Cotswold Way waymark on the right along the left edge of the golf course. Continue on past the eleventh and twelfth tees to arrive at the mounting stone. This is at the side of the old London Road which was a coach road from Berkley Castle. The mounting stone was used to enable horses to be re-mounted after being led up the steep hill. It is also thought that this was originally a Roman road across the hill.



Turn right on the coach road and then swing left to follow the wood edge on your left. Continue on to cross the metalled drive in front of Stinchcombe Hill House. Cross grassland with views on your left across the River Severn to Mayhill and the Forest of Dean and enter a woods ahead and continue through to reach view point overlooking Dursley. From here can be seen Cam Peak and Cam Long Down, Downham Hill, Uley Bury and the Cotswold escarpment. Continue on keeping high with the woods on your left (do not take track descending into woods). Pass between the groundsman's shed and the eighteenth tee and proceed on the waymarked track across the open grass to reach the clubhouse. Just past the clubhouse turn right on the waymarked path to cross the road and on towards the woods ahead.Turn right before entering the woods and follow the path along the edge of the hill back to the car park.



Miles without Stiles: 30 self-guided walks throughout the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, devised by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. Available for 3.95 plus 50p p&p from Cotswolds Conservation Board, Fosse Way, Northleach, Glos GL54 3JH, tel: 01451 862000.

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