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HARESFIELD BEACON to SCOTSQUAR HILL

Waypoint Map Reference Bearing to next waypoint
START SO 8319 0859 250

WP1

SO 8282 0842

11

WP2 SO 8287 0878 300
WP3 SO 8252 0895 309
WP4 SO 8245 0899 261
WP5 SO 8202 0888 46
WP6 SO 8230 0918 76
WP7 SO 8321 0946 161
WP8 SO 8333 0917 97
WP9 SO 8434 0910 52
WP10 SO 8449 0923 111
WP11 SO 8497 0908 101
WP12 SO 8599 0896 198
WP13 SO 8583 0832 203
WP14 SO 8574 0805 218
WP15 SO 8526 0733 328
WP16 SO 8505 0763 324
WP17 SO 8496 0773 285
WP18 SO 8454 0781 303
WP19 SO 8390 0816 245
WP20 SO 8378 0808 314
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General:- The first half of this this 7mile walk follows the Cotswold Way and it's a good sample of Cotswold countryside, it only lacks a village, but for that I would give it 10 out of 10. The escarpment between Wp3 & 5 contrasts with the woodland soon after and then you slip through the serenity of Painswick valley between Wp12 &15. There is a very steep hill at the end. You can shorten the route and avoid the hill by taking a path on the left just before waypoint 9 and rejoin at waypoint 19, but you will miss some of the best bits!

The cairn at Wp5 is actually a triangulation point originally used by the Ordnance Survey for mapping the countryside. You can still see the brass grooves that held the theodolite. Nowadays it's all digital!

Stop for a look in the disused quarry at Wp10 for a little Geology. Stone is the heart of the Cotswolds, it controls the landscape and it gives the houses, barns and walls their distinctive colour. Pick up a piece of rock and examine it. It's limestone of a type called Oolite because of it's distinctive sandy globules and it comes from the Jurassic period (yes, you're standing in the real Jurassic Park!). Approximately 150 million years ago this land was below the sea, you can see the sand and often bits of shell. When the sea receded the whole lot tilted to form a wedge and the high end is the Haresfield escarpment you have just left. The little dips in the quarry were formed when people dug stone for their houses. Regular fault lines in the stone made it easier to break into rough brick shapes for walls and thinner sections for roof tiles. The stone is soft enough to saw and chisel when first quarried but exposure to the wind soon hardens it. (GPS length 6.52 miles). Pub at Wp 11.

How to get there: Park in the Shortwood National Trust car park. From the village of Edge on the A4173 at SO8479 0990 turn south west. Almost immediately fork left at SO8469 0983. Continue on for 1.1 miles passing road on left to fork at SO8358 0870. Go left and look for car park on left where wood ends.