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|Bibury and Bibury Court Estate|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 10 Nov 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular walk from the popular Gloucestershire village of Bibury in the Cotswolds. The craftsman and artist William Morris described Bibury as the most beautiful village in England when he visited, so it is no wonder that it is a honeypot for tourists. The walking route follows a stretch of the River Coln, passing idyllic stone cottages, the village church and the Jacobean country house. Leaving the bustling village behind, the remainder of the route follows paths and tracks through the Bibury Court Estate, peaceful rolling hills of arable fields and a couple of sheep pastures. |
The walk has several gentle gradients but nothing too steep. There are no stiles on route, but you will need to negotiate several gates and a few steps. The tracks and woodland paths are well made but are quite rutted in part and can get very muddy after wet weather and in winter. Most of the route is livestock free but you will need to cross one sheep pasture and one further pasture which is sometimes used for grazing. Allow 2 hours.
Bibury is located about 7 miles north east of Cirencester in Gloucestershire. The village does get very busy at peak times and parking is limited, so arrive early if you are visiting at the weekend or on a sunny day. The walk starts and finishes from the free parking area alongside the river bridge, between the Swan Inn and the trout farm. This has space for two coaches and about 12 cars. If this area is full, there is also roadside parking alongside the river on the B4425. Approximate post code GL7 5NW.
|Start to St Mary's Church|
Start point: 51.7603 lat, -1.8356 long
Standing on the pavement at the back of the parking area, facing the road, turn right along this pavement and follow it as it leads you over the arched wooden bridge across the river. At the far side of the bridge, turn right along the pavement, with the river running on your right.
|St Mary's Church to River Crossing|
Start point: 51.7575 lat, -1.8307 long
Stay with Church Road which swings left again at this point, leading you steadily uphill between Cotswold Stone cottages. The road dwindles to a tarmac track and leads you through a gap in the wall to reach a junction between a private road and the main road. Walk straight ahead to join the right-hand pavement alongside the main road, passing Primrose Cottage on your right.
|River Crossing to Sheep Pasture|
Start point: 51.7574 lat, -1.8269 long
Continue on the tarmac lane which bears right immediately in front of a pretty converted barn (with dove holes in its gable and mill stones at its front). This collection of buildings was once a mill powered by the river. The lane now swings left leading you uphill, passing an old circular gatehouse on your left.
|Sheep Pasture to Shagborough Copse|
Start point: 51.7483 lat, -1.8204 long
Standing at the end of the footbridge, do NOT take the most obvious path which swings away to the left. Instead take the path directly ahead, leading you uphill to reach the gate at the edge of the woodland copse, Ash Copse. Go through the gate into Ash Copse and go straight ahead on the woodland path, still climbing.
|Shagborough Copse to Crossroads|
Start point: 51.7449 lat, -1.8251 long
Follow the track uphill between hedgerows. In autumn, the trees on your left give a particularly beautiful display of bright autumn colour. As you emerge from the trees, keep ahead on the same grass track now with a large crop field on your left. The hedgerow on your right is particularly varied and dense, making an excellent habitat for birds and other wildlife.
|Crossroads to End|
Start point: 51.7531 lat, -1.8415 long
Turn right here to join a wider grass track with an open field to your right and hedgerow to your left. The track leads you to a track junction at the corner of a dry stone wall. Go straight ahead, still with fields on your right and hedgerow on your left. Where the track swings away to the right (marked with a crossroads fingerpost), go straight ahead through the small gate and a second gate soon after.
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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