"A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare" - William Henry Davies
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This is an easy, 4 mile walk on even terrain with a very short climb up a lane early on. I personally wouldn’t describe it as particularly dog friendly, my gauge being whether he /she can be off-lead for most of the walk or not. In this instance, there seemed to be so many reasons throughout the walk when he had to be on lead, hence my 1 paw rating. If you walk your dog on lead as a matter of course then you have no worries.
And off we go.
1. If you have parked in the pub, exit car park and turn right up the lane. At the end bear right where you will see a phone box and take the
left lane signposted to Memorial Hall.
2. Continue on this lane which winds its way out of the village. This is an extremely narrow road with knee-high nettles either side so
it makes it quite difficult to avoid any oncoming traffic should you meet any. On the plus side, this is a very quiet spot, so not much
traffic. Your dog would have to be on a lead though.
3. After ca 3.4 miles you will reach a T junction; take right turn signposted Andoversford and Stow. There is a short, steep climb here.
4. At the next T junction across the road is a metal gate with a "Restricted Byway" sign. Pass through gate.
5. Stay on this track for circa 3/4 miles enjoying extensive views.
6. Pass a barn conversion, down and up a small dip and you will come across a gate on your right with a bridleway sign.
7. Pass through gate and head downwards following path alongside fields.
8. Pass through another gate and follow footpath sign down through field.
9. Exit the fields at the bottom and emerge onto a lane. Proceed along lane passing pretty cottages on your right.
10. This lane opens out onto a road; bear left down to a pretty ford crossing the road. This is Sevenhampton.
11 By the ford there is a signpost pointing along the small brook towards Brockhampton via St Andrews Church. Follow the signpost.
12. Across a wee stone bridge, up and away and you will soon arrive at St Andrews Church. Pass through the church gates and follow the
path to the right of the church.
13. There is a hidden entrance at the back of the church that leads to a graveyard. Follow a wall round to the left where + head for a rusty old
metal gate. Pass through.
14. Follow the foothpath sign, passing through another couple of gates and head straight across the middle of the field heading towards a
group of houses, slightly to your right in the distance. Towards the end of the field and down and to your right you will see a black metal
gate. Pass through + follow a path up and away between some houses emerging at the top right next to the pub where the walk
The walk begins and ends at the Craven Arms pub pictured here, where there is parking. The pub had a sign up boasting that it had been voted North Cotswolds pub of the year 2016 by CAMRA. NB the pub is closed Mondays (apart from bank holidays) and is not open all day long, closing between lunch and dinner. The pub garden has lovely views as seen above. I was not visiting the pub so I actually parked on one of the small side roads - there seemed to be plenty of options. For Sat Nav users, the postcode for the pub is GL54 5XQ.