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Skylarks above Great Barrington

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Skylarks above Great Barrington
Author: Carley, Published: 26 Mar 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Skylarks above Great Barrington Walking Guidestar1 Skylarks above Great Barrington Walking Guidestar1 Skylarks above Great Barrington Walking Guidestar0 Skylarks above Great Barrington Walking Guidestar0 Skylarks above Great Barrington Walking Guide
Gloucestershire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Skylarks above Great Barrington
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Skylarks above Great Barrington Walking Guide boot Skylarks above Great Barrington Walking Guide
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This five-mile circular walk takes you above the pretty Cotswold village of Great Barrington in Gloucestershire, through the organic farmland of the Great Barrington Estate, with the song of skylarks providing the soundtrack for the walk.

It is a very easy to follow route, allowing you to stride out and focus on the rolling countryside. The terrain is made up of gentle slopes – there are no steep ups or downs. The route follows well signposted footpaths and bridleways, generally good going underfoot with grassy verges to hop on to if the path has been churned up by tractors and become very muddy. There are no stiles and 4 gates, several of which are often open. There are two short stretches of quiet road walking with grassy verges. The route crosses mixed farmland and you are likely to meet sheep and cattle. There are no refreshments in the main part of Great Barrington. There is a pub just south of the main village alongside the River Windrush and a pub in Great Rissington if you want to extend the walk about a mile beyond Waypoint 2 (about the half way point). Allow 2 to 2.5 hours for the walk.

The walk starts and finishes at the war memorial in Great Barrington in Gloucestershire. Approximate post code OX18 4US. This post code seems to cover most of the village – the war memorial is at the western end of the main street and entrance to the village. There is roadside parking throughout the village.

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Walk Sections

Start to Bridleway towards Great Rissington
Start to Bridleway towards Great Rissington

Start point: 51.8212 lat, -1.7001 long
End point: 51.8259 lat, -1.7013 long

The walk starts at the war memorial. With the war memorial behind you, walk up the road leading away from the village, signposted to Little Rissington and Bourton on the Water. Walk up the road for 0.3 miles, up a gentle incline. A stone wall follows the road on your left and, part way up, you pass ornate iron gates in the wall with a folly beyond and a view over the Barrington Park deer park.

At the first left-hand turning (marked as a no-through road), there is a metal gate and bridleway sign leading onto a well-defined track heading north-west.

Bridleway towards Great Rissington to Restricted Byway Sign
Bridleway towards Great Rissington to Restricted Byway Sign

Start point: 51.8259 lat, -1.7013 long
End point: 51.8487 lat, -1.7074 long

Go through the gate onto the well-defined path heading northwest. Stay on this bridleway for 1.8 miles, ignoring any footpaths crossing it, going through one pedestrian gate along the way, until you come to a clear right-hand turn with a Restricted Byway post.

As an optional detour at this point, continue ahead on the track to the pub in Great Rissington – there and back between Waypoint 2 and the pub will add an extra mile to the total walk distance.

Restricted Byway Sign to Five Bar Gate
Restricted Byway Sign to Five Bar Gate

Start point: 51.8487 lat, -1.7074 long
End point: 51.8495 lat, -1.7143 long

Turn right at the restricted byway sign junction and follow the track which leads you past some farm buildings which are likely to have all kinds of chickens, ducks and geese wandering loose (so take particular care with dogs).

At the end of the field beyond the farm buildings, turn right at the field corner and very swiftly come to a five-bar gate in the next corner.

Five Bar Gate to Trig Point
Five Bar Gate to Trig Point

Start point: 51.8495 lat, -1.7143 long
End point: 51.8451 lat, -1.6974 long

Go through the five bar gate and go straight ahead for 0.25 miles, passing through a small wood just before you reach a road. Turn right onto the road and follow it for 0.25 miles until it bends right and, in the left-hand corner of this bend, is a gap in the hedge with a trig point and waymarker post.

Trig Point to D'Arcy Dalton Waymarker
Trig Point to D'Arcy Dalton Waymarker

Start point: 51.8451 lat, -1.6974 long
End point: 51.8401 lat, -1.6899 long

Go through the hedge at the trig point and waymarker post and follow the path for 0.5 miles, crossing the first field diagonally into a second field until it reaches a narrow band of woodland on your left. On the right-hand side, there is a short post covered in footpath signs beside a beech tree. One of the footpath signs is for the D'Arcy Dalton Way.

Dalton D'Arcy Waymarker to End
Dalton D'Arcy Waymarker to End

Start point: 51.8401 lat, -1.6899 long
End point: 51.8212 lat, -1.7001 long

Turn right at the waymarker post by this beech tree, following the direction of the D'Arcy Dalton Way, heading down the hill. The gentle contours of the Windrush Valley unfold in front of you as you descend.

Follow the path alongside field edges and waymarker signs down the hill towards Great Barrington. As you near the outskirts of Great Barrington and the path flattens out, you cross a small brook and rise towards a large barn. Just before the five-bar gate before the barn, head diagonally right towards the field corner where there is a pedestrian gate onto a small road. Go through the gate and turn right on the road.

After a short distance, the road turns left and you follow it down onto the main street through Great Barrington. Turn right and follow the main street back to the start point and war memorial.

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3 comments for "Skylarks above Great Barrington"

Easy enough to follow. Gentle rolling hills. Not much of a view. Skylarks in full song.

By normolddog on 07 May 2018

Loved this walk. The Cotswolds are glorious in the sunshine and the skylarks sang their hearts out.

By Rebelrose on 18 Apr 2018

A very pleasant, easy to follow walk

By Marmite11 on 16 Apr 2018

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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The War Memorial at Great Barrington

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