Walk 1258 - printer friendly version
The Tyndale Monument from Wotton-under-Edge Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km
Ascent - 750 feet / 227 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference ST755933
Lat 51.637966 + Long -2.3554183
Postcode GL12 7DF (approx. location only)
The Cotswolds offer a glorious mixture of countryside that is often quoted as being 'typically English'. This short route offers expansive views south to Bristol and west to the Welsh mountains with the added benefit of including two 'monuments'.
There are many options for parking in the village of Wotton-under-Edge (grid ref. ST755933) although parking on or near Bear Street would be an advantage. Having located the latter street, walk to the top end and turn left into Tabernacle Street. Walk to the end of the street and continue on the footpath to reach a lane. Turn right along the lane for 250 metres and go left along the signed footpath to Wotton Hill.
Reaching the small stand of trees planted to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee you are rewarded with a grand view south from the escarpment. From the walled plantation continue north to follow a waymarked path (The Cotswold Way) into Westridge Wood. The navigation on the next section can be problematic so it is recommended that you are equipped with the relevant 1:25,000 map.
On entering the wood stay on the clear track. At the next junction bear right and a short way after bear left. This leads without too many problems to Brackenbury Ditches, where the remains of an iron-age fort are in evidence. From the northern corner of the fort take the path north. You will see glimpses of the Tyndale Monument through the trees and this is your next objective.
Reaching the tower you are able to enjoy further excellent views especially to the south and west. After enjoying the prospect, walk northeast and enter the woods using the stile. Turn right along a muddy lane for a short way and then turn left down an indistinct path. This drops steeply to another stile which leads you into a field. Follow the hedge on your right and locate a stile that leads you into a lane.
Go right along the lane past Waverley Farm to reach a cross-roads. Turn right past Binley Farm and begin the climb. Passing Apple Tree Farm on your right look out for a signed bridleway on your left. This narrow path leads steeply uphill to reach a road.
Take the path opposite and continue for 300 metres. Cross the stile on your right and follow the path that contours across the flank of Coombe Hill. Keep right at the first path junction and cross a stile. A short way further you turn sharp left doubling back on yourself. Fork right and continue to descend steeply down wooden steps to a road. Turn left and take the first stile on your right to follow a path that leads back to the start.