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|Whiteshill, Standish Wood and Westrip|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 21 Oct 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular walk from the village of Whiteshill in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. Whiteshill, as the name suggests, sits on a steep valley side giving truly beautiful long distance views. The walking route explores some of the quiet lanes and tracks within the village before entering Standish Wood, one of the finest examples of woodland in the Cotswold Hills. Just beyond the woodland, the views really open up, giving unbeatable panoramas across Stroud to the south and across the Severn Estuary in the north. The return leg takes you steeply down to the village of Westrip before climbing gradually back to Whiteshill, through fields, meadows, paddocks and playing fields. |
The route includes several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of quite steep parts. The surfaces are generally good, but some of the fields and tracks can be very muddy in winter and after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate several gates plus 8 stiles and 4 squeeze gaps. Whilst all the stiles have gaps in the fencing alongside that should be suitable for Labrador-size dogs to squeeze under, the squeeze gaps (some wooden and some solid stone) are quite narrow – our standard poodle passed through ok but broader dogs (or humans for that matter!) may struggle. (The narrowest stone squeeze gaps are pictured in the Gallery for reference). There are a couple of stretches along quiet lanes so take care of traffic at these points. You will need to cross one horse paddock and two rough pastures (these were empty when walked but could be holding livestock at times). Approximate time 2 hours.
The village of Whiteshill is located between Stroud and Gloucester in Gloucestershire. The walk starts and finishes at the free village car park, alongside the Village Shop and Playing Fields. The entrance to this car park is signed from the main road, just by the junction between Lower Street and Main Road. Approximate post code GL6 6AP.
|Start to Ruscombe Chapel|
Start point: 51.7616 lat, -2.2342 long
The walk begins in the village car park, alongside the Village Shop, Coffee Bar and Playing Fields. Even from this car park, the views are really beautiful, giving you a taste of what is to come. Walk to the far end of the car park, heading towards the shop and coffee bar and, just before this, turn right through the staggered barrier. Follow the tarmac footpath uphill and you will emerge out to a junction with a minor road.
|Ruscombe Chapel to Standish Wood|
Start point: 51.7658 lat, -2.2367 long
Join the left-hand pavement at this point and follow the lane as it swings left and begins to descend. Almost immediately you are forced to swap to the right-hand pavement. As soon as this pavement ends, turn right into Zion Hill, signed as a public footpath. Follow this tarmac walkway heading steeply uphill and, beyond the houses, continue ahead as this walkway becomes a stone and grass track. At this point, glance over your left shoulder for more amazing views.
|Standish Wood to Ash Lane|
Start point: 51.7639 lat, -2.2459 long
Follow this stone track bridleway directly ahead into the woodland, ignoring any paths to the sides. This ancient bridleway track is known as Robber’s Way, it brings shivers to your spine to consider how that name came about! Further along, it also forms part of the Cotswold Way.
|Ash Lane to Sandpits Lane|
Start point: 51.7577 lat, -2.257 long
Go straight ahead across the access lane and through the bridle gate, signed as a continuation of the Cotswold Way. Follow this path ahead, staying close to the right-hand boundary of this large crop field. At this point, across to the left the best views yet have opened up, across the valley of the River Frome including the whole town of Stroud. At about 11 o’clock you will see a large mill with a tall chimney sitting alongside the canal at the valley bottom. This is Ebley Mill (sometimes called the Cathedral of the Cotswolds), once the largest woollen mill in the Stroud Valley but today housing the local council offices.
|Sandpits Lane to The Lane|
Start point: 51.7527 lat, -2.26 long
Turn left along this lane and follow it steeply downhill (taking care of traffic) and ignoring any footpaths signed off to the sides. At the bottom of the hill, turn left at the T-junction and follow the residential lane through the village of Westrip, with the valley views now on your right. At the next T-junction, cross over to the far pavement, turn left (uphill) for just 5 paces. Turn immediately right (just before Well Cottage) onto the tarmac access lane. Continue for just a short distance and, immediately after Jasmine Cottage and Highfield on your left, turn left onto the signed public footpath.
|The Lane to End|
Start point: 51.7586 lat, -2.241 long
Turn right onto this lane and follow it as it swings hard left, leading you steadily downhill. At the T-junction with Bread Street, turn left for just a few paces and then cross over to turn right onto the signed footpath (this is immediately before the access drive for Ruscombe Farm). Cross the stile and walk ahead to join a grass path between fences, with a concrete track and stables on your left and a horse menage ring on your right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: clairesharpuk |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
The squeeze gaps!
|Image by: clairesharpuk |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Wonderful views.... it was a little misty when we walked.
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