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Snowshill Circular Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 4.4 miles / 7.2 km
Ascent - 650 feet / 197 metres
Grade - easy
Start - OS grid reference SP097340
Lat 52.0043540 + Long -1.8601057
Postcode WR12 7JR (approx. location only)
A Cotswold walk from the beautiful village of Snowshill where many of the buildings are constructed of mellow stone. The undulating route combines a section of the Winchcombe Way with part of the Cotswold Way crossing a glorious landscape. Do allow time to explore Snowshill where a small parish church dominates the centre of the village.
The start is Pipers Grove car park in Snowshill (grid ref. SP097340) located on the road to Broadway short way out of the village. It is the first car park on the left. After parking exit the car park and turn left. Continue to the main entrance to Snowshill Manor and bear half left onto the Winchcombe Way passing through a gate with adjacent fingerpost. The path is waymarked with yellow arrows and descends into a wooded valley before rising to join a lane (grid ref. SP088345).
Turn right along the lane with a plantation on your left. After 800 metres the track bears left between the plantation and Buckland Wood on your right to reach a gate (grid SP089352). Pass through the gate, left through a kissing gate still following the Winchcombe Way. Continue for 200 metres and turn left onto the Cotswold Way (grid ref. SP087354). Continue ahead on the Cotswold Way ignoring the Winchcombe Way bearing right. Continue along the Cotswold Way for 2.5 kilometres to reach Stenbarrow hillfort (grid ref. SP080333) and a path junction. Where the Cotswold Way continues ahead, turn left along a bridleway.
After 400 metres turn left and almost immediately right to re-join the Winchcombe Way (grid ref. SP084332). The path descends across fields to join a lane. Ignore tracks to the left and right and continue to the next road junction. Turn left and continue into the Snowshill village. Toi return to the car park pass to the left of the church and continue for 350 metres back to the car park.