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|Guiting Power and Naunton|
|Author: Claire, Published: 20 Oct 2016||Walk Rating:|
|A 5 mile circular walk from the Cotswold village of Guiting Power in Gloucestershire. Guiting Power may be a typical Cotswold village in term of its stone cottages and surrounding rolling hills but, for its size, it is surprisingly well served. It has a bakery, Post Office, village shop, children’s nursery, village hall, recreation ground and two pubs. The walking route performs a simple loop on field paths and quiet tracks, taking in two more small villages along the way, Barton and Naunton. |
The route has several steady and long climbs and descents throughout, although there are no particularly steep climbs. Some of the tracks and field paths can be very muddy in winter or after periods of rain so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate kissing gates, some steps plus two stiles. One stile has a gap alongside suitable for Labrador-size dogs, but the other only has a fencing gap for small dogs, so larger dogs will need to climb over (which our standard poodle managed just fine). Most of the route crosses arable land, but you will also cross a handful of small pastures that you are likely to be sharing with sheep so take particular care with dogs. You are also likely to see plenty of game birds along the way. There are a couple of short sections walking along country lanes, so take care of traffic on these stretches. Allow 2.5 hours.
Guiting Power is located in a small valley within the heart of the Cotswolds, about 9 miles east of Cheltenham. The walk starts and finishes at the village hall on Church Road, where you will find a small free car park. Approximate post code GL54 5TX.
|Start to Barton Village|
Start point: 51.9203 lat, -1.8634 long
Standing in the car park, with your back to the village hall, turn left along Church Road. At the small road junction, keep ahead and you will reach a crossroads at the centre of Guiting Power village. Just to your left is the war memorial. By now, you are probably wondering how Guiting Power got its name. The village sits on a fast flowing stream (that you will see shortly), a tributary of the River Windrush. Gyte was the old English word meaning to flow fast, with gyte-ing meaning a torrent. The second half of the village name comes from the pre-eminent local family of the 1200s, Le Poers.
|Barton Village to Quarry Lane|
Start point: 51.9261 lat, -1.8576 long
Bear right along this lane and follow it leading you gently downhill, passing the tall walls of Barton House on your left and a large sunken lake on your right. In fact, this lake is part of the River Windrush.
|Quarry Lane to Naunton Village|
Start point: 51.929 lat, -1.8315 long
Turn right along the lane, taking care of any traffic, for about 250 metres and then turn left to join another stone track which runs between hedgerows. Once you are over the brow of the rise the views open up again, this time to the south.
|Naunton Village to T-junction|
Start point: 51.9101 lat, -1.8367 long
At the T-junction, turn right and follow the road over the pretty stone bridge which crosses the River Windrush alongside the old mill. Immediately after the river crossing, fork right at the road junction and go through the gates to enter the churchyard of St Andrew’s Church. Follow the tarmac path, passing to the left of the church and then follow the grass path which swings steadily left. Ignore the first gate (marked Private), instead continue to the corner of the churchyard where a gate leads you out alongside some stables.
|T-junction to End|
Start point: 51.9126 lat, -1.8531 long
Cross over with care and take the wooden gate directly ahead, signed as the continuation of the Warden’s Way. Go straight ahead, once again crossing the centre of a large crop field. Once you are over the brow of the rise, you will have clear views of the stone properties and church within Guiting Power. The path continues directly ahead (heading to the left of the village).
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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Uploaded: 20 Oct 2016
St Andrew's Church.
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Uploaded: 20 Oct 2016
The roof tops of Naunton.
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Uploaded: 20 Oct 2016
The locals were very friendly.
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