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Tetbury Town Trail

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Tetbury Town Trail
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 22 Apr 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Tetbury Town Trail Walking Guidestar1 Tetbury Town Trail Walking Guidestar1 Tetbury Town Trail Walking Guidestar1 Tetbury Town Trail Walking Guidestar0 Tetbury Town Trail Walking Guide
Gloucestershire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Town or city
Tetbury Town Trail
Length: 2 miles,  Difficulty: boot Tetbury Town Trail Walking Guide
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A short circular stroll around the pretty Cotswolds market town of Tetbury. The Costwolds are well known for their pretty historic towns and Tetbury is no exception, with most of the town’s buildings dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The walk follows mainly pavements and tarmac paths with just one short section along a mud path. There are no stiles and just one very simple wide gate. The walk does include some hills both up and down but as long as you’re prepared for the hard work these pose (!) it would be possible to take round a pushchair. Approximate time 1 hour.

The walk starts from the Railway Yard free long stay car park in Tetbury. The car park is accessed from the A433 Bath to Cirencester road. Leaving the centre of Tetbury on the A433 Chipping Street, the car park is down at the bottom of the hill on the right. The car park is open 7am to 8pm. Approximate post code GL8 8EY.

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Rail Yard car park to St Saviours Church
Rail Yard car park to St Saviours Church

Start point: 51.6382 lat, -2.1552 long
End point: 51.6379 lat, -2.1631 long

From the car park, go back up the vehicle entrance lane to meet the main road. Cross over the road with care and turn left to follow the pavement, following the road as it bends to the right. As the road begins to climb and bend left, continue along the raised pavement section, passing the Priory Nursing Home on the right hand side. Immediately after the nursing home, turn right down a lane called Eccles Court.

On the right you will see a memorial plaque for Hackett Court, the site of a medieval manor house and court. The lane you are on was formally known as Hackett Court Lane.

Continue straight ahead into the residential street and follow this as it bends to the left. At the T-junction turn right and continue along the road as it bends first right past a nursery and then as it bends sharp left. At the next T-junction, turn left onto London Road.

As the road bends sharply left by the Tetbury Town Council noticeboards, with two roads off to the right, cross the road via the pedestrian bollards and go straight ahead (the second of the two right turnings off the main road) down New Church Street.

You will pass by Dolphins Hall on the right which has the bowls, football and cricket clubs behind. The hall is named with reference to Tetbury’s town crest which features two dolphins, curious given that the town is many miles inland.

Soon afterwards you will come to St Saviours Church on the right, opposite the town’s fire station on the left.

St Saviours Church to Bath Road
St Saviours Church to Bath Road

Start point: 51.6379 lat, -2.1631 long
End point: 51.6329 lat, -2.1627 long

St Saviour's Church was built and consecrated in 1848 as ‘a little church for the poor’. The main Parish Church in Tetbury had a scarcity of pew seats for renting which prompted the building of St Saviour's, a second church. The small size of the congregation and the cost of maintenance led to the church being declared redundant in 1973. The church is now under the care of The Churches Conservation Trust which looks after 326 redundant churches in England.

Continue straight ahead and after just a few paces as the road bends right, keep left down the narrow one way fork to the left of the small green known as The Knapp. On the Knapp you’ll see an old water pump and an old post box. Continue ahead, past the old school on the right. Ignore West Street off to the left, instead follow the main road steeply downhill.

At the bottom of the hill, use the footbridge to cross the ford and continue ahead along the lane. Follow the lane as it climbs uphill and bends to the left (take care here as a short section is without pavements). Continue past the 30 mph signs and keep left past Ludlow House where the pavements resume.

Continue along the residential road enjoying the eccentric mix of new and old properties all built with classic Cotswold stone. Famous residents of Tetbury, past and present, include Brian Trubshaw, the first British test pilot of Concorde, Jet Black, drummer and founder member of The Stranglers, and Alice Hargreaves, the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland.

At the end of the road you’ll reach a T-junction with Bath Road.

Bath Road to Market House
Bath Road to Market House

Start point: 51.6329 lat, -2.1627 long
End point: 51.6367 lat, -2.1597 long

Turn left onto Bath Road. At the bottom of the hill, cross over the road where the pavement starts on the right of the road.

Forking off to the right is a narrow lane by the Old Toll House. This was the original road into the town before the main bridge was built in 1775. Do not take this fork, instead stay on the main pavement to go over the main bridge – enjoying the beautiful views over to the left.

Soon after crossing over the bridge continue to climb and you will come to Tetbury’s main church on the right, the Gothic revival style Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin and St Mary Magdalene. The church also houses a heritage centre and shop should you wish to visit. Opposite the church is the tourist information office.

Continue ahead between a range of shops and boutiques including many antiques shops which the town is famed for. Ahead of you, you will soon come to the distinctive yellow Market House with a large clock on the front.

Market House to Rail Yard car park
Market House to Rail Yard car park

Start point: 51.6367 lat, -2.1597 long
End point: 51.6371 lat, -2.1557 long

The Market House was built in 1655 and is a fine example of a Cotswold pillared market house. It is still in use as a meeting place and market and you will see the dolphin brackets around its exterior, another nod to the town’s crest.

In the Middle Ages, Tetbury became an important market for Cotswold wool and yarn. At this time the Tetbury Woolsack Races, in which competitors must carry a 60 pound sack of wool up a steep hill, were founded and are still contested annually.

Bear to the right of Market House and after just a few paces bear right again to go past the Post Office. Follow the road as it bends to the right into Silver Street. Cross over the road with care and follow it bending left and heading steeply downhill. At the bottom of the hill continue over the bridge. A few paces later, turn left through a gate just before The Old Rope Walk, onto a dirt footpath signposted for Rail Yard car park.

After a short distance, merge right onto a well made tarmac path. Ahead you will see the old rail station building, marking the beginning of the car park.

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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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