Bibury & Ablington Circular
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Walk Route Description
This short Gloucestershire circular walk in the Cotswolds explores the countryside to the north of the attractive village of Bibury. The routes uses well defined tracks and country lanes. The return leg of the route passes through Ablington village with its delightful cottages in a rural setting.
Parking in Bibury is available in a lay-by beside the River Coln just north of the small footbridge across the river (grid ref. SP115067). With the river on your right, walk south along the B4425, past the Post Office and around a left-hand bend. Continue to the end of the pavement, pass a letter box in the wall on your left and take the next left (Packhorse Lane) signed as a no-through road. The track bends left and then shortly after heads right and continues as a grassy track. Stay on the bridleway for about a kilometre, passing the rear of Bibury Far on your right and a barn on the left to reach a junction of tracks (grid ref. SP123082).
Take the left-hand-fork through a gate and follow the bridleway for a kilometre to reach Saltway Barn at a junction of tracks (grid ref. SP118092). Turn left along a bridleway, which is enclosed by hedges for part of the way, for two kilometres to reach a lane in Ablington village. Turn left along the lane and continue back to Bibury.
Other walks nearby
Walk 3635 Barnsley Park from Bibury - moderate - 11.0 miles/17.9 km
Walk 3257 Cirencester & Stratton Circular - easy - 4.7 miles/7.6 km
Walk 1848 Turkdean & Notgrove from Cold Aston - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 1360 Naunton & the Slaughters from Bourton-on-the-Water - moderate - 11.0 miles/17.9 km
Walk 1439 Fulbrook & Widford from Burford - easy - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 2674 The source of the River Thames from Sapperton - moderate - 11.3 miles/18.4 km
Walk 3663 Sudgrove & Edgeworth from Miserden - easy/mod - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 1069 Badbury Hill, including the Great Barn at Great Coxwell - easy - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 1061 Faringdon, Radcot and Littleworth - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 1063 Buckland & Pusey from Faringdon - easy/mod - 10.5 miles/17.1 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
The Severn Way
Guidebook to walking the Severn Way, a 210 mile (338km) walk through the Welsh borders. Beginning near the source of the River Severn in Powys, mid-Wales, and finishing in Bristol, the history-rich route is described over 22 stages (ranging from 3 to 14 miles), passing through the counties of Powys, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
The Cotswold Way Map Booklet
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This pocket handbook to navigation will help you master the necessary map and compass skills for mountain walking. Chapters include map scales, symbols and contours, grid references, map reading, bearings, route planning and night and bad-weather navigation, as well as navigating with a GPS.