Set off from the picture-perfect linear High Street for Broadway you will shortly ascend to Shenberrow Hill, seeing the remains of an Iron Age settlement not before descending again into the quaint village of Stanton. Not far off from Stanton takes you to Stanway where the path ascends steeply above Wood Stanway to Beckbury Camp for good views over the surrounding countryside. From here you descend to Hailes Abbey and the gentle stroll into Winchcombe. leaving Winchcombe, you gradually ascend to the long barrow of Belas Knap. From here, a steep descent takes you down to Postlip Hall before a long and steady climb up to Cleeve Common and the eventual summit of Cleeve Hill.
After a bit of up and down between Broadway and Stanton you soon arrive at the hamlet of Church Stanway and the ornate gatehouse and tithe barn of Stanway House. From here there is a steep climb up to Stumps Cross and onto the Iron Age Hill Fort of Beckbury Camp for commanding views over the surrounding area. A short descent takes you down to the remains of the medieval Hailes Abbey then continuing over the fields and into Winchcombe.
Leaving Winchcombe things to become a bit more demanding but historically an exciting one passing Sudeley Castle in the distance and the Neolithic long barrow of Belas Knap. From here, you ascend onto Cleeve Common with panoramic views over the Cheltenham countryside. Follow the way as it takes you to the summit of Cleeve Hill, the highest point on the Cotswold Way!
In the small hamlets of Church Stanway and Hailes, seek out Stanway House and the Tithe Barn as well as the ruins of Hailes Abbey. The stone monument passed on the walk supposedly marks the spot from which Thomas Cromwell watched its destruction.
Rest stopsRussell's Fish & Chips
Hunters Tea Room
General Food & Drink Supplies - Broadway
The Broadway Hotel
Crown & Trumpet Inn
The Mount Inn Stanton
Hayles Fruit Farm
Food & Drink Supplies - Winchcombe
5 North St
Food Fanatics Winchcombe
The Lion Inn
The Corner Cupboard
Cleeve Hill Golf Club
Rising Sun Hotel
The only sections of the walk today, where you might encounter traffic, are leaving Stanton and entering Winchcombe. Care should also be taken crossing the main road at Stanway. There are a few climbs and descents which are not particularly steep but which might be tricky during or after wet weather.
There are a few climbs and one steep descent which might be tricky during or after wet weather. Care is needed particularly if you are tired.
When walking off the summit of Cleeve Hill and along the edge of the escarpment take care, especially in strong winds or poor visibility. This section is fairly straightforward with no particular hazards.
The Cotswold Way is well marked so navigation should be easy. Look out for the acorn signs which are the National Trail markers.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest along the walk, including recommended pubs/restaurants and cafe stops. Simply click the icons on the map for more information as you walk.
Food and Drink
Broadway has a full range of facilities so be sure to stock up before you depart. Stanton is a small hamlet with just one pub and no facilities. There are opportunities for refreshments on the walk at the Fruit Farm near Hailes Abbey just before Winchcombe. In Winchcombe itself (We recommend going to Food Fanatics for a grab-and-go or the Lion Inn if you're having a sit-down meal). Also, an opportunity for refreshments at the golf course just before you approach Cleeve Hill. Be sure to carry enough fluids and snacks with you
Packed lunch isn't essential as there are plenty of options in Winchcombe for a sit-down lunch or to grab a sandwich and go.
Post walk Drinks
Rising Sun Hotel in Cleeve Hill
The 606 Bus towards Cheltenham goes from Broadway to Winchcombe. You will then catch a connecting bus to Cleeve Hill on the W Stagecoach route. Bus timetables change year on year and can be seasonal. Be sure to check https://www.pulhamscoaches.com/ (the local operator who runs this 606 service) and https://www.stagecoachbus.com/plan-a-journey (Who run the W Service) for up-to-date timetables.
Please note that bus services may be affected by public bank holidays in the UK and in some cases may run a limited service or no service at all on weekends.
There are also useful websites to find when the next bus is due at www.traveline.info or simply have a quick google search.
Recommended Local Taxi Services along the Cotswold Way
Northwick Private Hire (Chipping Campden Area): +44 (0) 1386 701 806
TDM Taxis (Broadway Area): +44 (0) 7919 160 630
Starline Taxi (Cheltenham/Charlton Kings Area): +44 (0) 1242 250 250
Galaxy Private Hire (Dursley/Painswick/Wotton-Under-Edge Area): +44 (0) 7796 545 261
V Cars (Wotton-Under-Edge Area): +44 (0) 1793 701 701
Book recommendation by the author
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Good comfortable boots or walking shoes are recommended. The ground can be quite soft and the paths are well used by walkers and riders. Whilst the terrain is not particularly difficult it can be muddy with some waterlogged stretches after heavy rain. Walking poles are an option if preferred. The British weather is changeable so waterproofs should also be carried just in case.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike/or if you have an older phone, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank as a backup.
There are plenty of options to buy food and water today along the trail - There are however no general convenience stores in Stanton.
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