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Ebworth Centre Cotswolds walk


This walk gives you the chance to explore all the features that make the Cotswolds so special – steep valleys, exhilarating views, beautiful limestone grassland, magnificent beech woodlands and two honey coloured villages where time seems to stand still.

Ebworth Woods, Gloucestershire
A carving in Ebworth Woods National Trust Images / David Noton


Map route for Ebworth Centre Cotswolds walk
© Crown copyright and database rights 2012 Ordnance Survey


Cranham Common, by the primary school, grid ref SO893125


From Cranham School, take the path upwards to the left of the school, then bear right, following the stone track. Reaching a bend, follow the path straight on into a wooded area until you reach a cottage.

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Turn right, out of the gate, then take the path to the left into a woodland. Cross the brook at Gladys Leap, head diagonally to the right over a field to a kissing gate, then through one more field, straight across to another kissing gate.

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On the track, go right and continue following the tarmac track. Take path on the left, heading towards the woods. Once in the woods, turn right and follow the footpath signs along the edge of Saltridge Wood.

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At a crossing, take the right fork, then keep right following the path and right again at the next fork. Turn left where the path forks, go up a short slope and follow the bridleway to the right.


The cricket ground on the left was bought by the author Laurie Lee for the local cricket club and is one of the most idyllic in the county. Enter Sheepscombe Common and continue on the bridleway. Ignoring the gate to the left, follow the track, then take a path on the left leading up into St. Georges Field. There, follow the direction of the footpath arrow straight over the field.


On entering the wood, follow the path for a good while. Eventually, follow it left and up out of the woods. Head left to the National Trust Ebworth Centre. Beech is the characteristic tree in the Cotswolds as it's best adapted to utilise the thin, calcareous soil found throughout the area.

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Head straight on through the yard of the Ebworth Centre, and continue following the footpath up through two fields and a little woodland. Go straight over the field, heading towards a field gate in the hedgerow - do not take this gate, but the one to the right. Go straight across the next field, through the gate then follow the waymarker posts for the bridleway all the way down the field, then over the little brook to the right.


Turn left into the woods. You are now back on Cranham Common. Continue straight on, back to the school.


Cranham Common, by the primary school, grid ref SO893125

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Ebworth Centre Cotswolds walk


Some steeper climbs and uneven terrain. Two possible shortcuts are marked on the map. The ground in the woods can be very muddy, even in summer, so wellies or sturdy boots are advisable. Please put dogs on a lead where livestock is present.

Ebworth Centre Cotswolds walk

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Ebworth Centre Cotswolds walk

How to get here

Cranham Common, Cranham, Gloucestershire
By road

From Gloucester, Cheltenham or Stroud take A46 (or, B4070) and turn off for Cranham. Park to the east of the village on edge of Buckholt Wood, or on roadsides on the common. Postcode for the Satnav is GL4 8HS.

By foot

Wide network of public footpaths; the Cotswold Way and Wysis Way close by.

By bus

Buses stop at Cranham; please see Traveline for more information.

Ebworth Centre Cotswolds walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome