Hawkesbury Upton

It started cold in the morning and we had some showers, but from mid morning the sun began to appear and we were able to enjoy the long views from many vantage points on this walk. We were led westwards and down Church Hill and past Hawkesbury church to pick up a good track north and into Hillesley. We passed through the village and continued along a path towards Wortley. We crossed a new, wooden bridge across a lake, shown on Google maps as Grindstone Mill, and near Wortley, we stopped on a bank for a morning break to view the sun breaking through in the west. We continued into Wotton-under-Edge and took a good path, gradually climbing north east and into Tyley Bottom. Near the top, we turned eastwards up a steep, muddy slope which led to a grassy bank, where we had lunch with views across the valley. It was a pleasant change to have a day without the cold winds of recent weeks.  

We soon reached the road near Goose Green and turned south down good paths and through Ozleworth Park. At the Bottom, we picked up a good but long and steep path up to Tresham. We joined the Monarch’s Way which led us on a good path south west down to the road, where we had an afternoon break. We followed the road south east along a well kept valley through Lower Kilcott to a path south east through Small Coombe and Church Wood. The climb steepened and opened out to fields with a descent and climb to the road. We turned west along it and then south into Hawkesbury Upton.
We arrived back at 4 pm, after a walk of 16 miles with 1,970 feet of ascent.