Snowshill to Littleworth Wood circular walk
This demanding walk is a great route to explore the countryside around Snowshill village and the Vale of Evesham. There are some fairly steep climbs and very muddy areas so robust footwear is required all year round. Some of the walk is on uneven and often slippery ground. Dogs are allowed on this walk but must be kept on leads where livestock are present (there are no stiles).
Snowshill Manor and Garden car park, grid ref SP096341
The walk starts at the kissing gate at the top of the drive at the main entrance to Snowshill Manor & Garden. Cross the field diagonally, heading for three large ash trees in a row and continue to the gate straight ahead.
Pass through the next kissing gate and head diagonally downhill across the field, passing between the remains of a Victorian water system.
Pass through the waymarked kissing gate and walk down the steep track towards a wooded area, bearing to the left.
Continue through the 5 bar gate where you will come to a small stream on the edge of Piper’s Grove Wood. It gets very muddy here. Cross the stream and keep left until you get to a gate into an open field. Don’t go through this gate but turn right keeping the ancient hawthorn and hazel hedgerow on your left. Continue to follow the hedgerow line as the land rises to meet an open field.
Pass through a five bar gate and continue to climb up through open fields, keeping to the left. This is quite a steep climb so you might want a breather halfway up.
Follow the fence line to the top of the slope and turn right at the metal kissing gate opposite Brough Wood.
Follow the track with Brough Wood (private) on your left for some distance until you reach a metal field gate. Continue through the gate and after about 10 yards bear left through the kissing gate. Cross the field until you reach another kissing gate.
Go through the kissing gate and bear left, passing through a 5 bar gate to join the Cotswold Way. Follow the main track and ignore the stile to your right. Pass through another metal field gate and keep following the track for approximately a mile as it climbs upwards. Keep following the Cotswold Way signs, ignoring any tracks branching off.
Continue along the track until you get to the point where the Cotswold Way turns right across a cattle grid. Ignore this path and continue bearing to the left along the original track (now a small road) as it slopes down. A National Trust sign for the entrance to Littleworth Wood will appear on your left.
Pass through the kissing gate and follow the main track leading across the top corner of the wood, ignoring any branching tracks along the way.
Pass through the kissing gate at the edge of the wood. Cross the open field diagonally towards the metal kissing gate near the bottom right-hand corner.
Pass through the gate and turn right and then almost immediately left at the T-junction. Continue along this road until you reach the main road into the village.
Turn left onto the village road and follow it down, past the Church and the Snowshill Arms pub. Continue to walk along the road and as you reach the brow of the hill you will see the parish car park on your left. Cut through here and pass through the gate into the National Trust overflow car park which will lead you down to where the walk began.
Snowshill Manor and Garden, Snowshill, near Broadway, WR12 7JU
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