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MALMESBURY TO COW BRIDGE

Waypoint Map Reference Bearing to next waypoint
START ST 9329 8745 89

WP1

ST 9363 8748

193

WP2 ST 9358 8716 106
WP3 ST 9439 8698 130
WP4 ST 9490 8661 280
WP5 ST 9451 8665 223
WP6 ST 9428 8637 207
WP7 ST 9414 8603 233
WP8 ST 9358 8556 349
WP9 ST 9340 8622 214
WP10 ST 9335 8614 291
WP11 ST 9291 8627 357
WP12 ST 9288 8654 337
WP13 ST 9280 8670 54
WP14 ST 9310 8695 1
WP15 ST 9309 8720 91
WP16 ST 9326 8721 39
WP17 ST 9334 8733 342
START ST 9329 8745 -
General:- Route length 4.5 miles. Malmesbury claims to be England's oldest borough and if buildings could talk these would have have a tale to tell. None more so than the abbey. Even today, in its ruined state, it dominates the town in all aspects; there is grandeur and power in those walls. Its worth a look around the town too, some building ooze history.

From the west, Malmesbury appears to be on a hill but this is an illusion and the walk is flat through fields and flood plain. Much of it is along river bank, ideal for a sunny day. Its a truly pastoral scene, so different from the wooded Cotswold valley's of West Wiltshire or the sweeping downs of its eastern side. (GPS length 4.23 miles)

How to get there:- Park in the long stay car park, the short stay only allows you 2 hours parking. At roundabout ST 9361 8670 where the A429 and B4042 join take the B4014 into the town centre. The one way system takes you past the Market Cross. Then go sharp right @ ST 9307 8770 and fork right again @ ST 9307 8770. The road drops downhill and crosses the river. At the next roundabout ST 9314 8785 turn right towards the ambulance station and park in the long stay car park beyond.