For this walk we used: Pathfinder Guides – More Cotswolds (Published 2015) Walk 13: Severn Springs and the Churn Valley. Distance: 6 miles.
The walk begins at Severn Springs, which is considered to be the ultimate source of the River Thames (the official source is near Coates). Initially the short walk from the lay-by along the A436 is a bit hair-raising. There is a narrow grassy verge, but the road is very busy and lorries hurtle past only inches away. Luckily, that bit isn’t very far, and before long you enter green fields and leave the road behind.
This would be great for walking at any time of year as there is a handy pub at the half-way point. I have wanted to try the Green Dragon Inn at Cockleford for years. Perhaps for my Birthday in February we could combine a walk with a pub lunch there. Hint, hint 😉 Today though, we were content with our sandwiches, which we sat down to eat on the edge of a recently harvested Rapeseed field.
The route takes you through the tranquil Churn Valley, and passes through the villages of Coberley and Cowley. There are fine views after Westbury Farm as you climb up the lane and continue along the track through fields.
It’s a shame about the busy road at Severn Springs, but overall this is a delightful walk.
Our rating: 4/5