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Another brisk walk, this time on a Sunday morning. 5.2 miles added to our 4.1 gorge climb yesterday. We started in Swineford and walked around a few villages and several farms on a circular route.

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!

View over Bristol from Swinford

View over Bristol from Swinford

Total Distance Walked: 5.2 miles (8.3 km)

Altitude Climbed: +735 ft (224 metres)

Time Taken: 2 hours 36 minutes

One thought on “Swineford Circular Walk
  • andy
    28th March 2012 at 12:00 am

    i did a walk similar today, but no map or gps so got a bit lost! i started at the picnic area headed up past upton cheney and up towards beach. i took a path off the road to the top of hanging hill where i had lunch. then i wasnt sure. i could of went around the escarpment and onto north stoke but thought it was too tricky so i headed down towards landsdown lane (past lots of cows). i then met back with upton cheney and went left towards north stoke (using ROW past farm/orchard/stream)then a steep ascent towards north stoke village where i veered right along a bridleway and on towards the carpark. quite a good walk. may try your circular walk next time. A

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