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DO NOT USE THIS ROUTE UNTIL THIS MESSAGE IS REMOVED
The route is currently blocked. Difficulties passing around Norton Manor Farm and Ladyswood Farm have forced us to take the unprecedented step of telling Walkweb users to avoid walking this route. We have left the map on this site so you can view the areas affected.
SHERSTON TO FOXLEY
General:- Route length 7.5 miles. If you have ever wondered where the Cotswolds end you will find the answer on this walk. As you climb up from the river at Waypoint 9 you leave behind the wooded Cotswold valleys and see the landscape flatten into agricultural fields.
For me, the gem of this walk is Easton Grey. You enter this small Cotswold village almost by accident, as if you have discovered some secret haven that is yours to treasure. Easton Grey House stands in perfect isolation above the river, oh how I dream to look down into the valley from one of its windows.
The section between Waypoints 16 & 18 have few landmarks of note so if you have a compass take it with you to ease navigation; it helps a lot in finding stiles. Just set it to the bearing shown in the table opposite and line up the arrows as described on the NAVIGATION page and off you go. In summer you could be wading though fields of corn, although this may seem romantic remember the seed pods are very rough and your legs will soon get sore, avoid shorts.
Some of the streams and rivers shown on the map dry up in a good summer so be wary, look for dried river beds in this situation.
The Vine Tree pub in Norton has held an excellent reputation for years.
How to get there:- Park in Sherston high street. From the M4 J17 take A429 towards Malmesbury and follow signposts to Sherston just before low railway bridge. From Malmesbury do the reverse of this.