to the Top and Down Again'
2 miles - A quick climb to a glorious view
printable map of this walk click here
on this page by Roger Umpelby, drawing by John Dodge.
: St Barbara's Church, Ashton under Hill.
- Go through
the Lychgate and churchyard then through 2 kissing gates into
meadow [Church Close]. Bear slightly right and climb to the
field corner, cross 2 stiles in thicket and up steps to Bakers
Lane. Cross stile and continue straight uphill past marker post
then cross stile and up short slope onto the long flat section
of Little Hill.
to far end then cross stile into small field with hillocks.
Go uphill and cross stile [not visible until you pass thickets]
then bear left to cross stile in hedge rising on your left.
Bear slightly right and climb to top of next field and through
farm gate. After a few yards cross track [this is the start
of your return route] and continue uphill to substantial wooden
gate which opens onto the hilltop known as Great Hill.
to track, turn left and follow for a few yards then through
a metal farm gate into pasture field. After only a few yards,
bear right and directly downhill to metal farm gate at the bottom.
Go through and turn right to join the track which leads steeply
downhill, go through farm gate then pedestrian gate by cattle
grid. Follow the road past the farm buildings and downhill to
Cottons Lane and Elmley Road. Turn right to return to St Barbara's
the top, the nearest visible hill is Dumbleton Hill just 2 miles
to the South East. Woolstone Hill to the right and due South is
close by. Visible through the gap between these are clustered
Dixton Hill, Nottingham Hill and Langley Hill behind which is
the village of Winchcombe.
horizon is marked by the Cotswold escarpment with Broadway tower
8 miles away to the East and the village of Broadway below it.
is visible 6 miles to the South West with Gloucester and The Forest
of Dean beyond. On a clear day, the Black Mountains are visible
roughly 50 miles away to the South West.
booklet "Walks from Ashton under Hill" was written by Joe Aspey
and illustrated by John Dodge, in aid of St Barbara's Church.
Copies, price £4.00, may be purchased by telephoning 01386 881487. Details of the above walk are published
by kind permission of the authors.