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 — John Cleare

Cotswold Way: Chipping Campden to Bath

by: Tricia & Bob Hayne

UPDATES

 

Updated information

Thank you to the readers who sent in updated information including Linda Weatherley, Marie Williamson, Hans en Liset, Marilyn Green and Larry Jones, Andrew Guppy, Julie Cocks, Tim Fuller, Mary Louise Adams, Morten Planer, Mrs Patricia Pearl, Stuart Blackburne, Philip Scriver, Andrew Guppy, David Burgess, Charlotte Langston, Yuki Midorikawa

The information sent in by readers has not yet been checked by Trailblazer but it will be for the next edition.

 

Updates relating to the 3rd Edition

April 2017

p98 Winchcombe.  Lloyds bank has closed but there is an ATM in the Co-Op supermarket.

 

March 2017

p125 Painswick. Painswick Camping SO86970 09557 east off Tibbiwell Lane, downhill from town centre. Shower and compost toilet.  5 tents only. No car access. £10 prior booking essential.
tel: 01452 812879 email info@painswickcamping.co.uk

 

February 2017

p139 Dursley.  Woodland House is a new B&B. 13 Woodland Avenue, Dursley, Gloucestershire GL11 4EW. Tel:+44 1453 298 773,+44 7815 060 499www.woodlandhousebnb.co.uk

 

November 2016

p120 Map 18. Cranham. Cranham Scout Centre, Cranham, Gloucestershire GL4 8HP offers camping and is not exclusively for scout members - and they're happy to take external guests as long as they have space. It's about 1 mile from Cranham Corner. Tel: 01452 812309. www.scoutcentre.org.uk. The facilities are excellent, with a lovely toilet and shower block, a washing up building and a pub just 5 minutes walk away. It is possible to access the campsite via a cut through in the forest that avoids the need to go all the way to Cranham Corner and then down the road on the way to the campsite, although this is the best route to rejoin the trail the following day and the road is fine to walk along - not too busy.

p130 Map 23. Around Stroud. Some walkers recommended this as an area to use Airbnb  with a number of very affordable options available.

p150 Hawksbury Upton. Hawkesbury Stores, High Street, Hawkesbury Upton, Badminton, GL9 1AU.  Open 7am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 8am-12.30pm Sunday.  A community-owned local store on the Cotswold Way.  Offers a great range of snacks, drinks, hot pies and filled rolls for hungry walkers. They have a table and chairs outside in the warmer months, and the friendly staff and volunteers are always happy to answer queries about the local area.  www.hawkesbury-stores.co.uk   Tel: 01454 238639

 

October 2016

p131 Map 23. Indicates that the primary path, for those taking the “longer route,” passes between the river and the canal and past the Ryeford Double Lock.  There is a lighter broken line marked “Temporary CW diversion on cycle path.”  We followed the darker line (between river and canal) and found that the Cotswold Way markers had evidently been removed from that route.  The map indicates that we should turn by the oak tree, which we did, and we did find the way from there, but the turn was not marked, apparently because of the temporary diversion.  I would suggest that you make clear in any new edition that the trail markers along the route we followed have been removed (unless/until the temporary diversion is discontinued), although the route itself between canal and river is delightful.


p131 Map 24. More importantly, the continuation of the “longer route” on Map 24 shows two possible choices immediately after the kissing gate past the disused quarry.  One route you label “old CW route,” and the other you identify as “new CW route 2016.”  Our party made the (in retrospect) mistake of splitting up at this point, one taking the new route and the others taking the old route which was indicated on a different map as the correct choice.  We intended to meet up at the intersection of the longer and shorter routes at Penn Hill.  However, the route you indicate as “new CW route 2016” has NO markers whatsoever for the Cotswold Way, and I continued on the bridle path for a at least a mile past the apparent turnoff to the rendezvous point. 

Stinging nettles.   For those from America, and possibly elsewhere, not familiar with stinging nettles be aware of this plant which grows by the path in places, and can sting.  It might be worth wearing trousers especially on the stretch between Old Sodbury and Cold Ashton.

September 2016

p130 King's Stanley. The King's Head is not currently doing evening meals and it is uncertain when this will change.

June 2016

p75 Chipping Campden.  The Tourist Information Centre closes at 5pm.

p162 Cold Ashton.  Folly End Farm is no longer providing transport. So one suggestion is to take a taxi to The Hare and Hounds in Lansdown.  Alternatively, and a lot closer than Lansdown (2.5 miles as against 5.5 miles), Marshfield has two pubs as far as we know - www.thecatherinewheel.co.uk and www.lordnelsonatmarshfield.com and one of them offers B&B too. 

May 2016

North Woodchester. Woodchester Lodge B&B, 1, Southfield Road, North Woodchester, Glos, GL5 5PA is a 4-star, gold award ( visit Britain assessment scheme ) B&B, in Woodchester, near the Cotswold Way. They frequently accommodate people walking the Way & are happy to offer transport to & from the route if required.  They offer a wide range of evening meals priced from £8-95 to £18-50 & are also happy to produce packed lunches for guests.
www.woodchesterlodge.co.uk shows details of our business.

 

February 2016
p162, Pennsylvania. Swan Cottage B&B (tel:01225-891419; mob 07925 680826; www.swancottagebandb.co.uk; 1D/T, 1D, both en suite; wi-fi) has re-opened offering en suite accommodation, evening meals and packed lunches. Set sideways to the main road, it offers B&B at £65-75 for a dbl, or £55 sgl.

Updates relating to the 2nd Edition

July 2015

pp78-9; Map 1a, p77  Chipping Campden Where to stay 

The following no longer provide B&B/accommodation:

Sandalwood House [36] ; Catbrook House [45] ; Bramley House ; Staddlestones [3] ; Woodborough [1]

 

p85; Map 3a, p87  Broadway Where to stay 

The following no longer provide B&B/accommodation:

Half Penny Cottage; Small Talk Lodge

 

p88; off Map 3, p84  Buckland Burhill Farm is no longer doing B&B.

 

p90; off Map 4, p89  Snowshill Sheepscombe House is no longer doing B&B.

 

p98; Map 8a, p99  Winchcombe  Where to stay

The following no longer provide B&B/accommodation:

Manor Farm ; Oaklands

One Silk Mill Lane  - already listed as closed

 

p110; Map 12, p111  Ham Hill Ham Hill Farm is no longer doing B&B.

 

p110;  off Map 13, p112  Near Dowdeswell Reservoir California Farm is no longer doing B&B.

 

p114; off Map 14, p114  Upper Coberley Needlehole Forge is no longer doing B&B

 

p114; Map 15, p115  Leckhampton 47 Collum End Rise is no longer doing B&B

 

p117;  off Map 16  Little Shurdington Sundown is no longer doing B&B

 

pp125-6;  Map 20a, p125  Painswick Where to stay

The following no longer provide B&B/accommodation:

St Michael’s RestaurantGarden RoomOrchard House

 

p127;  Map 22, p129  Randwick  Court Farm is no longer doing B&B

 

p127;  Map 22, p129  Westrip   Croft Farm is closed for 2015 and possibly longer

 

p133; Map 24, p132  Middleyard Rose Nook is no longer doing B&B

 

p134; off Map 25, p135 Nympsfield – The Rose and Crown Inn is now under new management and has a different phone number: tel 01453-860612. B&B is no longer provided.

 

p140; Map 27a, p139  Dursley   Dursley Bed & Breakfast is no longer doing B&B

 

p144; Map 29, p143  North Nibley The Coach House is no longer doing B&B

 

p148;  Map 30a, p147  Wotton-under-Edge Where to stay 

The following no longer provide B&B/accommodation:

Old Town Mill ; Elmside House ; Carlton House ; Sunrise House

 

p152; off Map 34, p154  Little Sodbury Willowfield are doing building work so aren’t offering camping at the moment.

 

p157; Map 36, p157  Tormarton The Compass Inn Campers are required to give a donation their charity box; camping is not free.

 

p161; Map 39, p162  Pennsylvania Old Swan Cottage is no longer doing B&B

 

p169;  off Map 43a, p171  Bath – Where to stay, Camping 

Newton Mill Holiday Park is now called Bath Mill Lodge Retreat and camping is no longer available.

 

 

June 2015

p 46-48 Public Transport. There are now two Johnsons Coaches bus services between Moreton-in-Marsh and Chipping Campden: #22 direct & #21 via Broadway, both continue to/from Stratford. The new #24 service runs to/from Evesham,
Broadway, Chipping Campden & Stratford. All services run 3/4 times a day Mon-Sat interleaved.

Stagecoach's #46 (Painswich area) has mutated into the #61 service with some route changes.

p77 Map 1a,  & p81 Map 1, Chipping Campden.   The HSBC [30] has closed, but the ATM remains. The Lloyds TSB is now a Lloyds Bank.
There are two new eatries near to the fomer HSBC.
A plaque marks the Start/Finish of the Cotswold way west of the Market Hall.
On Hoo Lane as you leave the town a large bright blue plaque marks the home of novellist Grahame Greene.
Camping is possible (summer only) at Mickleton Hills Farm 20mins NE of the town via public footpath (Monarch's and Heart of England ways). Toilet and shower. £7+/p. Phone in advance 07876 576 448 - Gaynor Brundle. This is a wedding venue so you may be sharing with drunken wedding guests!

p82, Map 2.  Fish Hill Picnic Place. The refurbished public conveniences are still there - but I could not find a water tap.

p84, Map 3. The very steep section between Broadway Tower and Broadway has been replaced by a flight of 24 steps.

p87, Map 3a, Broadway.  The HSBC [30] has closed.  The Lloyds TSB is now a Lloyds Bank.
The Ashmoleum Museum Broadway sponsored by a local antiques dealer has opened opposite the Horse & Hound [15].
There are twin phone boxes under the trees to the west of the Post Office.

pp84-104, Maps 3-10. The Winchcombe Way provides a flatter and more direct route between Broadway and Cleeve Hill. It is well waymarked and signposted and generally follows the original route of the Cotswold way before the latter added largely pointless meanders to lengthen it.

p89, Map 4. Manor Farm offers hot & cold drinks and cakes! The farmyard is muddy.
After the Winchcombe Way, there are steps up to the gate in the wall.

p91, Map 5. By the old Post House B&B there is a post box and a former phone box serving as an imformation centre.
There are Bull signs on the gated bridge north of "newly planted trees" and again when the path joins the road to the south.
There is a stone bench between the church and the gatehouse to Stanway House.

p96, Map 8. There is a water tap on the SE corner of the manege.
The way is very wet and muddy in the dip after the kissing gate.
After the very steep climb there is a bench to the W of the way.
The path running N from Wadfield is the Winchcombe Way (and the former route of the Cotswold Way).

 

p98 Winchcombe Where to stay  One Silk Mill Lane is no longer taking bookings for B&B

p102, Map 9. The kissing gate into Belas Knapp is too tight for anyone with a rucksack.

p105, Map 11. The three radio masts (the dominant landmark) should be shown below the Trailblazer symbol by the road fork. There's an adjacent car park and information board.
The "grassy path lots of hoofprints" has become a boggy mess.
There is a bench at the bottom of the map by the information board.

p111, Map 12. A the bottom of the map the tunnel of trees is no more. The leylandii to to west have been severely cropped so they do not foul the electricity lines overhead!
Immediately before the trees the way crosses a lane. Here there are signs to Colgate Farm B&B and camping. These lead west via a little used diverted public footpath round a new dwelling to the farm (5mins). The owners are very helpful. See http://www.colgatefarm.co.uk/

pp110-112, Map 13.  At the top of the map the tunnel of trees is no more. The leylandii to to west have been severely cropped so they do not foul the electricity lines overhead!
Most unusually the path through the Dowdeswell Woods is not at all muddy - there has been
chippings put down in the past.
The Langsett refreshments are now 75p and £1.50.
The Koloshi Indian restaurant and bar is closed Mondays but opens for lunch 12-2.30 and 5.30-10.00 for dinner. They also advertise accommodation.
At the bottom of the map the new CW route has two short flights of steps and about six stiles usually hunters' gates. This path is muddy.
 
p113, Map 14.  There is a trough to the south of the new path shortly before the juction with the old.
The seat is to the east of the signpost at the junction of the new and old paths.
When the path meets the A436 markers indicate that the way continues accross the road despite having nowhere to go. The way apparently uses the busy main road, rather than any path through crops. There is a long layby/car park on the stretch of road which reduces the hazzard.

p115, Map 15. There is a seat on Leckhamptom Hill W of the trig point and N of the signpost.
The Star Bistro (01242 535 984) at the National Star College is now open Mon-Fri 11-4pm closed BHs. There is also a small shop selling souvenirs, sandwiches and snacks. The college has camping pods for hire, but tents are not allowed.

p118, Map 17. Heavy forestry vehicles operating in Witcombe Wood have reduced the track to a boggy ruin.

p120, Map 18. The middle of the three buildings to the East of Cooper's Hill is the Haven Teashop. It was closed when I passed but a sign outside said "Wife and dog lost, reward for dog".

p122, Map 19.  "Hortons" at the Painswick Golf Clubhouse is open for lunches (carvery on Sun).
The #256 bus stop ouside the Painswick Rococo Gardens only runs on a Wednesday.

page123, Maps 20, 20a. Painswick. The tourist Information office has moved from the Town Hall to the Gravedigger's Hut on the south side of St Mary's graveyard.
The Post office in the old half timbered building has closed. It recently (May 2015) reopened in the town hall on a limited basis, probably Mon, Wed & Fri only.
The "Little Fleece" is now a NT holiday let.
The Royal Oak has reopened, but only one real ale when I visited. The two rooms are named the Dog House and the Piano Lounge (player wanted)! Mon-Thurs 1130-2300, Fri-Sat 1130-2400 & Sun 1200-2300.
The Bistro at Cardynham House is excellent.
Thre is an Hairdressers adjacent to the toilets on St Mary's Street
A New boutique hotel & restaurant "Cotswolds 88 Hotel" is on Kemps Lane. tel. 01452 813688.
A new Tea Room "The patchwork Mouse" opposite the old post office Mon-Fri 0830-1700, Sat-Sun 0930-1630.
The Arts & crafts Museum housing the Ashton Beer collection is adjacent St Annes B&B open May-Oct Sat, Sun & BH Mon 11-4.
In the Hambuts field there is a memorial signpost to Tony Drake, local rambler, and "a principal creator of the Cotswold Way". The adjacent water tap & trough are dry.

p129, Map 22. Take care through Standish Wood there are many substantial paths that are not mapped.
The Carpenter's Arms is on the other side of the road to that shown. The #230 bus stops opposite.

October 2014

p161 Map 39 Pennsylvania.  Fuel Station: has a really well stocked Londis shop with sandwiches and food available and it's on  a part of the trail which doesn't have many villages with shops.
 
The end of the trail.  One reader comments: I offer a suggestion to enhance enjoyment (for some) for the end of the trail.  Just a thought which you might want to share with readers who want to have two nights in Bath. The last days walking might be quite long if people stay in Sodbury but can be easily cut into two and  combined with a two night stay in Bath.  The trick is to break off after Lansdown and walk to the Park and Ride along the main road (no more than 15 mins on  a pavement).  The advantage of this approach gives an opportunity to visit Dyrham Park (a national trust property ) on day one and then on day two the approach to Bath can be savoured at leisure. The last few miles into Bath after the golf course are more up and down than you imagine and can easily be completed  and indeed savoured in a relaxing half day if the return trip to the break off point is made the next day via the Park and Ride. The Park and Ride buses go every 15 minutes and are rather smart and cost £2.50 one way - but free for those with a Freedom Pass !

 

August 2014 

Kings Stanley, Stonehouse. Valley Views B&B Middle Yard. Prices in 2015 will be  £68.00 - £75.00 for double and twin rooms and single occupancy to £55.00. No longer do evening meals or laundry. 

July 2014

p. 117, Birdlip.   The Royal George offers rooms from £50-70 (weekdays). The quoted 94 GBP seems to have gone down to 90 GBP - and that seems to be true only for weekends and if booked very shortly before the actual stay.

p. 151 Hawkesbury Upton.  Coombe Farm now charges £44 and for a single +£2.

 

p. 152 Hawkesbury Upton. The Fox Inn is called 'Flavours of Italy at the Fox Inn' now.  www.flavoursofitalyatthefoxinn.co.uk, tel: 01454 238558, opening hours Monday - Saturday 12.00 - 2.30 and 5.00 - 10.30, Sunday & Bank Holidays 12.00 - 8.30. 

 

December 2013

p133 King's Stanley. Old Chapel House is no longer offering B&B.

 

August 2013

Dursley. Underhill House Bed and Breakfast, Hill Road, Dursley, GL11 4JQ. 01453 549617. www.dursleybnb.co.uk

 

30 July 2013

Coberley near Seven Springs.  The Old Post Office B&B, Coberley near Seven Springs will be closing in September 2013.

June 2013

p161. Cold Ashton accommodation. Snow at the Barn Bed & Breakfast in Marshfield is not actualy on the Way but it's less than 3 miles away from Cold Ashton, and it's been recommended.  The owners Ros and Brian Snow welcome Cotswold Way travellers and pick up walkers in Cold Ashton and take them back there the following morning. Tel: 01225 892339. www.snowatthebarn.co.uk

p162 Map 39. Cold Ashton. The public phone box has no phone. 

 

May 2013

p148 Wotton-Under-Edge. The Royal Oak, 3-5 Haw Street, Wotton-Under-Edge, Glos GL12 7AG. Serves traditional home cooked pub fayre Monday- Saturdays 12-3pm and 6.30-9pm, and Sundays 13-3pm. It has a large garden, car park and welcomes walkers.

p149 Hillesley. Mill Farm House B&B, Kilcott Road, Hillesley, Nr Wotton-Under-Edge, GL12 7RJ. Tel: 014530842234

Also in Hillesley, The Fleece Inn has re-opened as the Hillesley community pub and enjoys excellent reviews for food, service and beers and also offers B&B. Tel: 01453520003

28 March 2013

p161 Cold Ashton. Hill Farm Accommodation, Greenway Lane, Cold Ashton, Chippenham, SN14 8LA.  www.hillfarmbath.com Telephone: 01225 891952.  You pass it on the Cotswold Way and they can provide evening meals. From April 2014 they have a Shepherd's Hut offering accommodation.

25 March 2013

p143 Map 29  North Nibley  The Cotswold Way has been blocked at North Nibley and a diversion is now in place and this looks permanent as funds will not be available to repair the landslide. Full details and map is avilable through the Cotswold Way National Trail website. (Sent in by Andrew Guppy of Cotswold Walking Holidays)

 

1 November 2012

A new pavement stone marking the end/beginning of the Cotswold Way outside Bath Abbey has been installed.  The large limestone disc has been hand carved by local artist Iain Cotton and features the names of places on the route. It's set into the pavement outside the west doors of the Abbey.

 

31 October 2012

p131, Map 23  The Murco gas station has changed its name. 

p159  Map 37  At the picnic area by the A46 there aren't any toilets.

p161  Cold Ashton  Folly End Farm
doesn't charge campers and lets them use the hot water.  'Sarah the owner was amazingly sweet and food was great and the entire place folks welcomed us like we were family.'

4 September 2012

p110  Charlton Kings  Hilden Lodge, 271 London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. www.hildenlodge.co.uk
Tel: 01242 583242. 

 

27 June 2012

p115  Leckhampton Hill to Birdlip  Map15  Ullenwood National Star College is marked on the map but the Star Bistro is a new venture.  Tel: 01242 535984, and opening hours are 11am-4pm Tuesday to Friday, and 10am-4pm Saturday. Their website (http://www.thewigglyworm.org.uk/star_bistro.html) says that they opened in January this year.  Hans wrote ' You can have a great lunch at the Star Bistro (a new and exciting venture with an award winning chef, enabling young people with disabilities to gain real work experience).'
 

p117  map 16  Crickley Hill  CW signage isn’t great at Crickley Hill – but it’s not a big park, and it’s easy to get sidetracked looking at information boards.  As you’ll see from the map, it’s actually not very far from the car park to the point where the CW goes through a gate, past a viewpoint and then alongside a stone wall.


p152, map p153  Hawkesbury Upton   The Fox Inn
has a new owner. It is an italian restaurant now,  - 'very good' - writes Hans. There are several reviews on Trip Advisor that confirm that the place has been refurbished under new ownership, that it still does B&B, and that it’s a good Italian restaurant.

 

Cotswold Way: Chipping Campden to Bath