A circular walk around Sheepscombe area between woodlands and Cranham village.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) From the front door of The Butchers Arms pub, turn left and follow the no-through road signposted to Sheepscombe Far End. After 1⁄2 mile, continue between the gateposts into Workman’s Wood.
(1) When the track forks, take the lower (right-hand) branch. Bear right when the other track rejoins from the left, then swing right with views down the valley. Bear left to a building and a pond beyond.
(2) Continue along the main track to the left of the pond. Beyond a shelter (on your left) continue up the valley, ignoring any turnings and passing a small quarry face on your left. Eventually, leave the wood through a gate and follow a track across the field ahead.
(3) Bear right through the gate between two houses. Turn left just before the road (B4070) along a path within a narrow belt of roadside woodland. When the path ends, continue along the road past a house on the left.
Beyond the Ebworth Centre entrance, turn left through a gate onto a signposted bridleway. Follow the diagonal path across the field, parallel to power lines, aiming just to the right of the buildings on the far side. Two gates give access to a lane.
(4) Turn left and walk past Overtown Farm. Follow the road for a little over half a mile to Cranham village, ignoring the turnings at Noitaly House. Ignore the first turning to Sheepscombe, instead continuing downhill as far as the village hall.
(5) Turn left (signposted to Sheepscombe and the Church). Follow the road across the common, to meet another road by a walled bench.
(6) Follow the track opposite. Beyond the houses, keep on along the metalled drive, swinging left to descend to Brook Farm.
(7) Just before the farm, turn left onto a footpath that skirts the buildings and then drops to cross a stream above a series of fishing lakes. Climb the wooded path beyond and continue uphill through the woods, keeping left at a waymarked junction.
(8) At a crossroads of bridleways at the top of the wood, keep straight on. Follow this bridleway, with fields to your left and woodland to your right, until you reach an information board for Lord’s and Lady’s Wood. Here follow a track round to the left for a short distance, then take a path on your right into the trees.
(9) Descend through the wood, ignoring any side paths, to emerge at the top of Sheepscombe Common. Follow a narrow path on your right that descends across the grassy slope. At the bottom, follow a track downhill into the trees. Beyond a gate, descend steeply to a metalled lane; continue downhill to emerge just above The Butchers Arms. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 505ft - The Butchers Arms
1 : mi 0.15 - alt. 525ft - Views down the valley
2 : mi 1.09 - alt. 630ft - Pond - Small quarry face
3 : mi 2.03 - alt. 863ft - Ebworth Centre
4 : mi 2.54 - alt. 899ft - Overtown Farm - Cranham village
5 : mi 3.4 - alt. 614ft - Walled bench
6 : mi 3.77 - alt. 666ft - Metalled drive
7 : mi 3.98 - alt. 607ft - Brook Farm
8 : mi 4.28 - alt. 719ft - Information board for Lord’s and Lady’s Wood
9 : mi 4.59 - alt. 853ft - Woods - Grassy slope
D/A : mi 5.42 - alt. 505ft - The Butchers Arms
One or two climbs and steep descents. Woodland paths may be muddy and uneven in places. Mapped overleaf.
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The Butchers Arms
Sheepscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Tel 01452 812113
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