For this walk we used: AA Pub Walks & Cycle Rides – The Cotswolds (Published: 2005) Walk 32: Adlestrop to Lower Oddington. Distance: 5.25 miles.
There are two other walks from Adlestrop in the Pathfinder Guides – Cotswolds/ More Cotswolds, but we chose this one as it was the shortest. There has been some flooding lately, so we weren’t sure if it would be boggy & slow going. It wasn’t as it turned out.
We left the village hall car park, and headed off along a quiet lane towards a woodland path. Before long we entered the Daylesford Estate. Our AA guidebook is over 10 years old, and either we misunderstood the instructions, or a few changes may have been made in the mean time. We followed the main track around and inbetween the paddocks which was signposted as a public right of way with small yellow arrows, until we reached the bridge and tree lined avenue. The woodland here was delightful with its carpet of delicate Snow Drops, patches of bright pink Cyclamens, and blue Wood Anemones.
It was an easy, pleasant walk along well maintained tracks through Daylesford and out on to the main road which passes their upmarket organic farm shop. I have visited the shop before, and went to the farm open day a few years ago. If you are a bit of a foodie, you’ll be in heaven here. There is a posh looking restaurant too. However, we decided not to go in with our muddy boots & walking poles spreading muck all over the immaculate shop floor. Instead we carried on along the road and into a field which led to a railway bridge.
Shortly after this, we thought it might be flooded where the farm track was to cross over a stream, but it was high enough above water level that it wasn’t a problem, and anyway the stream was well contained within its banks. The fields were unsurprisingly squelchy under foot, but we moved swiftly onwards towards the pretty village of Lower Oddington.
After the village we joined the A436, crossing over the railway once again, before walking through Adelstrop Park. We emerged from a muddy pathway alongside the church, passing an unusual village post office with a thatched roof.
This walk was pleasant and easy, with some unique points of interest. However, much of it was through manicured estates, and across flat land which lacked some of the wonderful views that the Cotswolds have to offer.
Our Rating: 3/5