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Guiting Power and Naunton

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Guiting Power and Naunton
Author: Claire, Published: 20 Oct 2016 Walk Rating:star1  Guiting Power and Naunton Walking Guide star1  Guiting Power and Naunton Walking Guide star1  Guiting Power and Naunton Walking Guide star1  Guiting Power and Naunton Walking Guide star0  Guiting Power and Naunton Walking Guide
Gloucestershire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Guiting Power and Naunton
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot  Guiting Power and Naunton Walking Guide boot  Guiting Power and Naunton Walking Guide
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Barton Village
Start to Barton Village

Start point: 51.9203 lat, -1.8634 long
End point: 51.9261 lat, -1.8576 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.

Go straight ahead at this crossroads, into the small lane marked as a no through road. Pass Well House on your right and continue down the hill as the road dwindles to a grass and tarmac track. Go through the kissing gate at the end of this track and take the narrow path at about 1 o’clock (with a pretty stream emerging from a stone pipe on your right). At the far side, pass through the gate and cross the bridge over the fast-flowing stream. This is Guiting Stream that gives the village its name.

Keep ahead on the enclosed footpath and at the top of the slope you will see a choice of two kissing gates (one ahead and one to the right). Take the gate to your right (into a field probably holding sheep) and turn immediately left to follow the path with the tree line running on your left. Where the left-hand field boundary turns away, maintain your direction across the remainder of the pasture to exit via a kissing gate at the far side.

Keep ahead along the right-hand edge of two smaller fields, crossing two stiles along the way. Continue ahead, joining the gravel track which leads you past the buildings of Little Windrush Farm on your right. You will emerge to a T-junction with a quiet tarmac lane at the edge of Barton village.

Barton Village to Quarry Lane
Barton Village to Quarry Lane

Start point: 51.9261 lat, -1.8576 long
End point: 51.929 lat, -1.8315 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.

At the road fork, keep right and at the T-junction bear right again, passing the end of the lake on your right. Immediately afterwards, where the main road swings hard right, fork left to join the stone track leading you steadily uphill. After 100 metres, do NOT take the narrower track ahead, instead stay with the main track which swings hard right and then swings sharp left 100 metres later. Stay with this pretty track for about a mile, climbing steadily through trees for the first stretch and then descending gently between open fields and a quarry, with lovely views ahead.

The Cotswold stone quarried in this area is a yellow limestone, rich in fossils. The stone colour varies across the region, with stone from the northern Cotswolds being deep honey, turning more golden in central areas and pearly white closer to Bath. Here, the deep golden stone has been used to build a beautiful stretch of dry stone wall on the left-hand side of the track. At the end of the track, you will reach a T-junction with the lane.

Quarry Lane to Naunton Village
Quarry Lane to Naunton Village

Start point: 51.929 lat, -1.8315 long
End point: 51.9101 lat, -1.8367 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.

After 0.8 miles you will come to a junction with a road. Cross over the main road with care, and take the small lane directly ahead, passing the beautiful converted stone barn of Grange Hill Farm on your right. Follow this quiet lane, taking care of occasional traffic, as it leads you first gently and then more steeply downhill to reach the edge of Naunton village.

Naunton Village to T-junction
Naunton Village to T-junction

Start point: 51.9101 lat, -1.8367 long
End point: 51.9126 lat, -1.8531 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.

Turn right down the access slope, passing an old water pump on your right, and then keep ahead on the village lane, climbing steadily. Leave the village, passing the national speed limit signs, and 100 metres later, fork right to join the footpath signed as the Warden’s Way. NOTE: There are likely to be sheep in this next field. Pass through the kissing gate to enter the pasture and bear left on the obvious waymarked path, climbing gently.

At the far side, pass through the gate (or use the stile alongside) and continue a few paces ahead to reach the grass margin of a large crop field. Your path continues in the same direction, across the centre of this large field, heading for the right-hand edge of the large copse of trees visible on the horizon. NOTE: If this field is impassable with crops, it is possible to use the grass margins of the field instead, turning right and walking until you draw level with the copse and then turning left to reach the copse corner.

At the copse corner you will see the next waymarker post, which guides you to join a grass track with the copse on your left and another crop field on your right. Where the trees on the left end, turn left through the gates to reach the road. Turn right and follow the lane downhill to reach a T-junction.

T-junction to End
T-junction to End

Start point: 51.9126 lat, -1.8531 long
End point: 51.9205 lat, -1.8635 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).

At the far side of this very large crop field, pass through the kissing gate within the hedgerow ahead. Follow the grass path steeply down some grass steps and over a small footbridge which crosses a stream in the valley bottom.

Go through the kissing gate to enter a final crop field and walk directly ahead across the centre of this. At the far side, pass through the kissing gate set within the stone wall and go ahead on the grass path with a crop field to your left and a fence running on your right. This path leads you just to the left of the churchyard and ahead, via two more gates, to reach the end of Church Road. Go directly ahead along Church Road to reach the village hall on your left, where the walk began.

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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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St Andrew's Church.
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The roof tops of Naunton.
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