Walking

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A Cotswold hills ramble at Newark Park

Walking trail

Enjoy a stomp across rolling farmland and wooded combes with viewpoints up to Newark Park House.

Follow twisting trails through the Cotswold hills

Pass through wilder woodland rich in birdwatching areas. Descend into a valley with far reaching views at its base. Amble up a fairly steep hill alongside thick blackberry bushes. Discover an ancient orchard of apple trees. Pass an original ha-ha (a concealed boundary to keep grazing animals away) and finish beside a tranquil lake.

Map

Map route for a Cotswold hills ramble at Newark Park

Start:

Newark Park Visitor Reception car park, grid ref: ST786934

1

Stroll 440yd (400m) along a gentle bark path through an ancient woodland of horse chestnut trees. At the end of this path you will reach a gate next to a castle folly. To continue the route go through the gate. It's not advisable that those walking with pushchairs continue further through the gate but can instead follow the bark track to the left directly down to the lakeside.

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2

Ramble 660yd (600m) past some huge redwoods that skirt around gentle rolling farmland. Follow the red waymarkers along the maintained stony path until you enter more woodland.

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3

For 1600yd (1500m) the route twists and turns along a gently sloping path through coppiced hazel trees maintained lovingly by our Cotswold warden volunteers. Continue to follow the red waymarkers as you pass under a canopy of pines and then into an area of the forest rich in bird life.

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4

You'll now break through the woodland canopy and find a gate that leads you to a descent into the valley. Take a moment to enjoy the breathtaking views from the top.

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5

Take a breather at the top of the valley, the views in every direction are breathtaking. Walk 330yd (300m) down the hill to the stream and through the gate at the base of the valley. Keep to the left of the stream as you walk up the other side.

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6

You have been walking with the stream on your right. When you reach the top of the stream cross over it and continue through a gap in the trees. Meander slowly for 870yd (800m) through an old orchard made up of apple trees. You will find a ha-ha on your left. Skirt around the ha-ha and through the gate in front of you to arrive at a tranquil lake.

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Lakeside at Newark Park, Gloucestershire

End:

Newark Park Visitor Reception car park, grid ref: ST786934

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A Cotswold hills ramble at Newark Park

Terrain

A well-maintained stone track with some uneven grassland and a steep slope affording magnificent views.

Dogs welcome under close control.

A Cotswold hills ramble at Newark Park

Contact us

A Cotswold hills ramble at Newark Park

How to get here

Address
Newark Park, Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7PZ
By road

Near Wotton-under-Edge.  Find us 1.75 miles (2.8km) south of the junction for the A4135 (Tetbury - Dursley Road) and the B4058 (to Wotton), signposted from the main road.

By foot

There is a link from the Cotswold Way 1.5 miles (2.4km) from Wotton-under-Edge.

By bus

Bristol to Thornbury buses, connecting Thornbury to Dursley.  Alight at Wotton-under-Edge and then a brisk walk up a steep hill.

By bicycle

A steep and challenging ride from Cam & Dursley train station. Allow 1 hour.

A Cotswold hills ramble at Newark Park

Facilities and access

  • Toilets, shop and plant centre
  • Outdoor catering facilities
  • Second-hand bookroom
  • Walks and cycle paths
  • National Trust car park
  • Dogs welcome under close control