"A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare" - William Henry Davies
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A short but pretty 2.5 mile (45 min) circular walk along the Cotswold way , half parkland - half country lane, bordering the extremely pretty village of Stanton where there is a well-known pub called The Mount , favoured by hooray Henry's & locals alike if you fancy a pint or a stop for lunch .
Stanton is a picturesque Cotswold village situated half way between the larger villages of Winchcombe and Broadway.
The walk starts at Stanway house and fountain (the tallest fountain in Britain ) which is open to the public - check website for further details www.stanwayfountain.co.uk - and takes you through extensive parkland to the village and then back along the country road to your starting point .
The finer details :
Starting point- Stanway house & fountain . Postcode GL54 5PQ. Park in the lay-by by the church.
Livestock - yes ! I am terrified of cows and horses on walks and will do all I can to avoid them but have done this walk many times and although there are cows in the parkland it is rare that they cross the footpaths . If they do it is very easy to do a detour off the path and back down to avoid them .
Dog suitable - yes but probably best kept on a lead at times due to the livestock and on the 2nd half of the walk which is along a tarmacked road. This is the only reason this walk receives only 1 paw print. When we took Monty we had to have him on lead for half of the walk as the road had no verge to speak of and several cars passed by during our stroll. I prefer not to have our dog on lead whereas you may have no objection to this.
Difficulty - easy .
The walk :
1. From start point with the church on your right , walk along the road for about a quarter of a mile until you see the signpost on your right saying "Cotswold way Stanton mile and a quarter ".
2. Take the footpath which takes you through lovely parkland and continue along the Cotswold way , which leads slightly uphill and encompasses a couple of kissing gates and a small bridge across a stream . Beware there are parts here that can be extremely muddy in the winter . If you stop and look back there are lovely views over the parkland to the horizon beyond .
Follow the Cotswold way (signposted) all the way for a mile and a quarter and you will finally cross a field with very large up and down ridges in it with the church ahead of you until you reach a gate that takes you into a lane .
3. Turn left down the lane to the road .
At this point if you turn right a short stroll takes you into the village and if you go farther on and up a steep incline you will reach the Mount Inn. It is worth a short detour as the village itself is so picturesque.
4. For the purpose of the walk turn left along the road for a short way , here you will see some stunning large properties . This is well heeled country!
5. After about 100 yards turn left again onto the lane signposted "Stanway mile and a quarter , this will now take you all the way back to your starting point . The lane is normally quite quiet although you are likely to see a few cars and cyclists. Part way along you will reach a lovely tree lined avenue of oak trees with parkland either side.
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