Starting at Swineford Picnic Site on the A431 Bath to Bristol Road this walk ascends the Cotswolds Escarpment to offer stirring views of the surrounding landscape including the Avon Valley, Malverns and Brecon Beacons. The route passes through the unspoilt and peaceful villages of Upton Cheyney and North Stoke. A section of the route follows the Cotswold Way, a designated national trail extending from Chipping Campden in the north to Bath Abbey in the South. After following the escarpment edge around the Lansdown Plateau the walk descends the hillside to North Stoke and returns to the picnic site along an old Roman road.
The track was very muddy in places, with some steep climbs on tarmac and an old stream bed. Great views from the top of Hanging Hill looking out over most of Bristol.
After the long and steep downward section, I think it's fair to say that my knee is more than a little sore and probably will be for a few days. Plenty of painkillers in the cupboard!
Total Distance Walked: 5.2 miles (8.3 km)
Altitude Climbed: +735 ft (224 metres)
Time Taken: 2 hours 36 minutes