Winchcombe Way, 2014

Winchcombe Way, 43 miles, 3 walking days, July 2014

Alderton – Stanton – Winchcombe – Alderton

Winchcombe Way is a 42.9 mile figure-of-eight walk centred on Winchcombe in the Cotswolds. The eastern loop is 21.7 miles; the western loop 21.2 miles. We based ourselves in a B&B in Alderton and walked a 15-mile segment every day with pickup and drop off by arrangement with the B&B’s owner. In parts, the walk picks up on the Cotswold Way, a walk I completed in 2009. Winchcombe Way is not that difficult a walk but there are some ups-and-downs.

Highlights of the walk included: getting lost on the golf course at Cleeve Common (bad navigating on my part); re-visiting the ancient burial ground at Belas Knap; passing through the lovely village of Stanton and, further up, the attractive Jacobean gateway at Stanway House; sampling Bennetts’ ice cream in the Gardeners Arms in Alderton; passing by Dumbleton Hall, now a hotel, at Dumbleton; and avoiding the cyclists in the Tour of Britain race when they reached Snowhill.

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