"A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare" - William Henry Davies
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MISERDEN 2 MILES OR 3.5 MILES
This is an easy walk that we have done with and without a dog, in spring and early summer. The walk is mostly narrow footpaths, and quiet lanes, through woodland that can be quite muddy depending on the rainfall and with some steep climbing. The dog would need to be on the lead through a couple of the fields where I have mentioned there are animals, and a very small amount of quiet road walking. Apart from that, the dog would be off lead for the majority of the walk.
Take the B4070 out of Birdlip and turn left towards Whiteway. Drive to the centre of Miserden village where there are several places you can park on the side of the road. I parked just up from the pub. Alternatively there is a free car park on the right if you are coming from Birdlip just before the school as you enter the village.
2 MILE WALK
Outside the pub you will see a circular seat and on the opposite wall a sign to “Nursery Gardens”. Head in this direction, ignoring the 1st Public Footpath sign on your right and head down towards a gate to a field which has a sign on it saying “Private Road”. Despite the sign, alongside this gate is a smaller gate which asks you to keep your dogs on a lead and stay on the path. Pass through this gate and this is the start of your walk.
1. As requested stay on the path following it down to the bottom where there is a gate. NB The gate mechanism was quite stiff – you need to push the lever away and up to open.
2. Through the gate take a right over a cattle grid and into the woods. If you have a dog with you this is when he can be let off the lead.
3. When the path forks, take the left fork. You will go over a small bridge, which at the time I did the walk had a small rivulet running below.
4.Immediately after the bridge follow the black arrow sign pointing to a track that goes off at right angles on your right hand side. Unfortunately, you will have to leave your horses behind at this point.
5.Follow the footpath and cross another small makeshift bridge. You are now following a stream.
6.At the junction with another path bear right downhill with the stream on your right.
7.As you follow the path you move away from the water and there is a large meadow ahead and to the right. Eventually the path leads you to a beautiful, large pond. There is a bench here if you wanted to rest or just pause and soak in the view.
8.Continue over the floodgate and turn left onto the path following the arrow on the tree. This is a reasonably steep climb.
9.Follow the sign at the top that takes you to the right where, if you look over your shoulder, you have a view of the Manor House on the Miserden Estate.
10.Another steep climb up towards a gate and, for the 2 mile walk, pass through this gate where you will cross one field into another. Go to **** for the longer walk.
11.Pass through the gate and turn right onto a lane. Follow the lane until you reach a footpath on the right just before a telegraph post. Go over a stone stile and walk alongside the wall.
12.Cross another stone stile, past some cottages to reach the centre of the village once more.
3.5 MILE WALK
If you wish to carry on your walk a little longer, follow the directions as above up until instruction 10 at which point do not go through the gate. ****
10.Before the gate take a left turn which will take you into some woods and follow this path to a T junction where you bear right aiming for another gate. When I did the walk this gate was chained shut, but I was able to duck under the fence to its left which has a large open gap.
11.This takes you onto a road but only for about 50 paces or so. Turn left onto the road and carry on until you find a signpost for a foot path on the right pointing up through a field. There is another gate to negotiate – they don’t seem to like you opening their gates so I ended up climbing over a number of them. However, I worked out that the trick with this one is to actually lift the gate up and push forward.
12.Walk in a straight line up the field to the far edge where you will spot another gate with a signpost for a footpath. Interestingly this footpath is extremely overgrown which would suggest it is not walked that often and/or the amount of rainfall followed by sun this summer has sent the greenery into overdrive.
13.At the end of the footpath take a right onto a lane and follow this lane between fields of corn, with a 360° view of fields and trees and nothing else – glorious.
14.At the end of this lane is a very negotiable gate. Hurrah! This takes you onto a road again. Cross this road and walk down the road directly opposite. You are now walking in the direction of the very charming little hamlet called Sudgrove. In fact you will pass some lovely self-catering cottages that caught my eye.
15.Follow the signpost pointing to All Cottages Farm to the right. A short way up this lane it bears around to the left taking you past some further delightful cottages. Follow the lane until it opens up slightly either side and to your right you will see another gate into a field with another footpath sign.
16.Go through the gate and walk through the field with the hedge on your right. A few sheep again here when I did the walk so our dog went onto the lead until we were past them. There is another bench with a plaque simply saying “Restawhile” if it takes your fancy.
17.At the other end of the field there is another gate, getting easier to open all the time. Through the gate the fields stretch away on your right beyond a low stone wall. At the end of this path there is a gate or a stile – your choice.
18.I experienced house envy as the house on your right appears, and with Anvil Barn on your left, turn left at which point you will hit the road again and see the sign post for Miserden and the Carpenters Arms. Climb up on to the verge if you prefer or simply carry on along the tarmac back to your starting point.
Time for a refreshing beer!
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