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Due to the bad weather, we are having to move this walk and change the date. We had 7 people signed up and hope they will still join us.
Meeting at the car park adjacent to the cricket ground. Grid ref. SP067343
The Cotswolds is an area renowned for its attractive and historic villages scattered across undulating hills. This walk includes three such villages with some interesting buildings connected by very pleasant rural landscapes.
The start is the village of Stanton situated a couple of miles south of Broadway just off the B4632 road to Winchcombe. There is a small car park adjacent to the cricket ground (Grid ref. SP067343). Exit the car park and turn right. Turn right at the first road junction and walk south past attractive cottages built from the local stone. Where the road bears sharp left take the footpath signed "Cotswold Way".
This leads across pleasant pastures towards Stanway. As you near Stanway the fields are dotted with mature trees forming very attractive open parkland. Reaching a lane turn left into Stanway. Walking past the church and attractive gatehouse and just after the road turns right look out for the Cotswold Way sign on your left. Take this path to reach a main road.
Turn left along the road, which has the benefit of a footway, and climb steadily uphill. Where the road bends sharp right go straight ahead which is marked with some useful supplementary signs and enter Longpark Wood. The path is muddy in places but do not stray far from the fields on your left hand side. Reaching a stream (Grid ref. SP[masked]) care is needed as tracks and paths diverge in all directions. The best advice is to stay in the valley heading roughly northeast. The track begins to climb more steeply to reach the site of Parks Farm (Grid ref. SP[masked]).
Go straight ahead ignoring the signed path on your left to reach another junction of tracks and a path(Grid ref. SP[masked]). The temptation is to stay on the track but you need to follow the waymarked path northeast across fields towards Snowshill. A further junction of paths needs to be negotiated carefully before you reach a lane (Grid ref. SP[masked]). Turn right down the lane into Snowshill.
The village of Snowshill has a pub, a church and the well known Snowshill Manor that dates from Tudor times. Having explored the village return along the lane used on the approach. At Oat Hill (Grid ref. SP[masked]) take the steep concrete track that descends right into the valley. This track is signed as a right of way. There have been some significant diversions to the right of way so follow the signs and these should lead you into a lane at Great Brockhampton Farm. Turn right along the lane past the farm.
The lane continues becoming a rougher track after 800 metres with good views across the valley back to Snowshill. Reaching the corner of Buckland Wood (Grid ref. SP[masked]) leave the track to take the footpath on your left that makes a shortcut across a field to join the Cotswold Way. Turn left along this National Trail for about 400 metres and then turn right down a track that leads towards Laverton. (Note the start is partly hidden and care needs to be taken so as not to miss this bridleway).
The track descends towards Laverton with expansive views ahead to the Vale of Evesham and beyond. Reaching a junction of paths (Grid ref. SP[masked]) turn left. This path leads across pastures towards Stanton. As the village is approached take the left hand fork. This path leads you onto the main village street with its many stone cottages. Turn right past the church. Turn right again at the road junction and this will lead you back to the start.