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Painswick Beacon

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Painswick Beacon
Author: witneyman, Published: 04 May 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Painswick Beacon, Gloucestershire Circular Walking Guidestar1 Painswick Beacon, Gloucestershire Circular Walking Guidestar1 Painswick Beacon, Gloucestershire Circular Walking Guidestar1 Painswick Beacon, Gloucestershire Circular Walking Guidestar1 Painswick Beacon, Gloucestershire Circular Walking Guide
Gloucestershire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Painswick Beacon
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Painswick Beacon, Gloucestershire Circular Walking Guide boot Painswick Beacon, Gloucestershire Circular Walking Guide boot Painswick Beacon, Gloucestershire Circular Walking Guide
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This is a 5 mile circular walk from the picturesque Cotswold town of Painswick in Gloucestershire, taking in the vantage point of Painswick Beacon from which there are magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Built of mellow Cotswold stone from the local quarry on Painswick Beacon, the historic wool town of Painswick has many beautiful buildings that can be seen as you wander around its quaint and narrow streets.

The walk is hilly and there are several kissing gates and stiles to negotiate. The route follows field paths, tracks and lanes. Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk starts at Stamages Lane Car Park in Painswick. This is a pay-and display car park and there is a public toilet here. Post code GL6 6UZ.

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Walk Sections

Start to B4073
Start to B4073

Start point: 51.7844 lat, -2.1965 long
End point: 51.787 lat, -2.1933 long

From the car park, turn right and walk up the main street passing St Mary's Church on your right. Painswick Church is famous for its 99 Yew Trees dating back to the 18th century which stand in the large churchyard. On reaching a junction, bear left along the B4073.

B4073 to Gate
B4073 to Gate

Start point: 51.787 lat, -2.1933 long
End point: 51.7898 lat, -2.1973 long

Where the road bends to the right, bear left along Butt Green. At a T-junction turn right and then almost immediately left at a public footpath sign. Walk along the path through trees and then turn left along a track to reach a gate.

Gate to Kissing Gate
Gate to Kissing Gate

Start point: 51.7898 lat, -2.1973 long
End point: 51.7905 lat, -2.2017 long

Turn right after the gate and head downhill along the right-hand edge of two fields, passing through a metal kissing gate and then a wooden kissing gate. There are superb views on your left over the valley and the façade of Painswick House can be seen to the right.

Kissing Gate to Lane
Kissing Gate to Lane

Start point: 51.7905 lat, -2.2017 long
End point: 51.7931 lat, -2.2054 long

Bear slightly right and continue along the right-hand edge of a field, heading first up and then down, to take another kissing gate in the corner of the field. Continue uphill along the right-hand edge of a field. Just over the crest of the hill, go through another kissing gate onto a lane.

Lane to T-Junction
Lane to T-Junction

Start point: 51.7931 lat, -2.2054 long
End point: 51.7963 lat, -2.2003 long

Turn right along the lane to reach a T-junction.

T-Junction to Holcombe Farm
T-Junction  to Holcombe Farm

Start point: 51.7963 lat, -2.2003 long
End point: 51.7989 lat, -2.2056 long

Turn left along the lane which descends to Holcombe Farm.

Holcombe Farm to Upper Holcombe Farm
Holcombe Farm to Upper Holcombe Farm

Start point: 51.7989 lat, -2.2056 long
End point: 51.8048 lat, -2.2103 long

Follow the road as it turns sharply right in front of Holcombe Farm and continues downhill through woodland to pass Holcombe House. Continue uphill to where the road curves left at Upper Holcombe Farm.

Upper Holcombe Farm to Bear Right
Upper Holcombe Farm to Bear Right

Start point: 51.8048 lat, -2.2103 long
End point: 51.8093 lat, -2.2049 long

Just inside the entrance to the farmyard there is a Public Footpath sign on your left, with a stile leading into a field. Cross this stile and head uphill, aiming to the right of a telegraph pole. Continue in the same direction to a stile by a gate. Cross the stile and continue ahead along a tree-lined path. After 50 yards the path merges onto a farm track. Continue along with a field on the right. Towards the end of the field, bear slightly left to cross over to the farm track on the right-hand edge of the upper field. Where the farm track bends to the left, bear slightly right to take an unsignposted path through trees.

Bear Right to Dry Stone Wall
Bear Right to Dry Stone Wall

Start point: 51.8093 lat, -2.2049 long
End point: 51.8105 lat, -2.2016 long

Follow the track downhill to emerge at the farm buildings of Spoonbed Farm. Continue straight ahead past an old barn marked 'dangerous structure' and follow the farm drive uphill to a road. Just before the road, turn right along a track by a dry stone wall.

Dry Stone Wall to Wysis Way
Dry Stone Wall to Wysis Way

Start point: 51.8105 lat, -2.2016 long
End point: 51.8086 lat, -2.1957 long

Follow the path as it runs parallel to the B4073. The path emerges onto the road and, a little way along the road, bear left along a track. At a fork, take the right-hand track towards Painswick Beacon, visible in the distance. After 20 yards, turn off right onto a narrow path signposted Wysis Way.

Wysis Way to Painswick Beacon
Wysis Way to Painswick Beacon

Start point: 51.8086 lat, -2.1957 long
End point: 51.8075 lat, -2.1927 long

From here to Painswick Beacon is common land so you can walk anywhere and indeed there are several tracks up to the summit. The easiest route is to follow the Wysis Way as it makes its way towards the left of the Beacon and then doubles back sharply to reach the summit.

Painswick Beacon to Golf Course Road
Painswick Beacon to Golf Course Road

Start point: 51.8075 lat, -2.1927 long
End point: 51.7924 lat, -2.1949 long

After admiring the splendid view from the Beacon, start to descend in a southerly direction. The area round Painswick Beacon is a mixture of open grassland, woodland, quarries and a golf course. As the area (including the golf course) is common land you may walk anywhere. However the suggested route sticks to the right-hand side of the fairways using first the Wysis Way and then joining the Cotswold Way. Follow the Wysis Way down stone steps and bend slightly right to follow the path at the right-hand side of the golf course. Continue to where the Wysis Way joins the well-signposted Cotswold Way. Cross a lane leading to Painswick Beacon Car Park and continue south, passing a quarry on your left. Shortly after passing to the right of Painswick Cemetery, cross another lane and bear slightly right to join Golf Course Road.

Golf Course Road to End
Golf Course Road to End

Start point: 51.7924 lat, -2.1949 long
End point: 51.7845 lat, -2.1965 long

Pass through the Ramblers' Car Park to reach a T-junction with the B4073. Turn left and follow the road towards Painswick. Take the right-hand road at a fork and, where it curves left, join the outward route to retrace your steps to 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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