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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

From Wotton-Under-Edge to Chipping Sodbury - Walking The Cotswold Way #8


The monument in memory of General Robert Somerset, a very brave soldier of the British Light Dragoons, will be one of the many sights along this section of the Cotswold Way.


A great 12 miles walk is the section of the Cotswold Way running from Wotton Edge to Chipping Sodbury we absolutely recommend you to trek.

Why is it so great?

Because this section will be not just beautiful panoramas and lovely fields but it is also very beautiful and pretty English villages.

Wotton Under Edge is a very nice village to start, with its beautiful church of St Mary the Virgin and the elegant courtyards of the old almhouses, something typical of this area (watch them in the video below).

After you left Wotton Under Edge and passed the Blackquarries Hill you will get to the beautiful hamlet of Alderley with the beautiful church of St Kelm, ideal for a short stop.

Keep walking and you will enjoy one of the best part of your walk, walking on flat ground along the stream with beautiful views over the green fields.

After the fishing pond and the little hamlet of Lower Kilcott, you will see on a distance a tall coloumn rising above the valley.

This is the monument in memory of General Robert Somerset, a very brave soldier of the British Light Dragoons, famous for his notable cavalry actions at Usagre, Salamanca, and finally at Waterloo by its celebrated charge on the cuirassiers of Milhaud's corps.

After the panoramas over the fields are even more astonishing and you really feel in the Cotswold exactly as you have probably imagined it will be.

The official section of the Cotswold Way will finish in Old Sodbury.

Old Sodbury is very nice but it is also very tiny.

We recommend you walking an extra two miles and get to Chipping Sodbury (also in the video).

You should visit Chipping Sodbury for at least two reasons.

First for its unusual shape. All the old the houses and shops are lined along the main street, so large to look actually like a huge square. It gives a beautiful feeling of an open space and a sense of community.

Second, and more practical reason, is that as you will be probably looking for food and accommodation Chipping Sodbury offers much more choice and more cheap accommodation along the Cotswold Way than Old Sodbury.

The video of this section (enlarge the video for a better view)


We recommend to:
- consider  at least 7 hours for the walk
- watch the video of the walk before to attempt the walk as it will help you to understand the kind of walk and of ground you are going to undertake
- bring clothes for the rain and for the mud, as it can be very muddy
- bring food with you as there is not much between Wotton-Under-Edge and Chipping Sodbury or Old Sodbury)
- plan your walk in connection with other sections of the Cotswold Way (read our general page)
- book your accommodation an advance as it can be easily all fully booked


Wotton Under Edge is a very nice village to start, with its beautiful church of St Mary the Virgin and the elegant courtyards of the old almhouses.

The beautiful hamlet of Alderley with the beautiful church of St Kelm, ideal for a short stop.

walking on flat ground along the stream with beautiful views over the green fields.

In Chipping Sodbury all the old the houses and shops are lined along the main street, so large to look actually like a huge square. It gives a beautiful feeling of an open space and a sense of community.

One more sight of Chipping Sodbury with its old market building.

Are you planning to walk the Cotswold Way?
Read our posts about the other sections of the walk 
(click on the links in orange to open the posts):


Section 1 - Chipping Campden to Broadway (4,5 Miles)
Itinerary and Video

Section 2 - Broadway to Winchcombe (9,5 miles)
- Itinerary and Video

Section 3 - Visiting Sudeley Castle
Itinerary & Video

Section 4 - Winchcombe to Cheltenham (9,5 miles)
Itinerary and Video

Section 5 - Relaxing in Cheltenham
Itinerary and Video

Section 6 - From Cheltenham to Birdlip (7 miles)
Itinerary and Video

Section 7 - From Birdlip to Painswick and Edge (9 miles)
Itinerary and Video



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