For this walk we used: Walking the South Gloucestershire Cotswolds, by Barry Hill (Published: 1992) Walk 20: Newington Bagpath and Ozleworth. Distance: 7 miles.
This walk took us into some of Gloucestershire’s beautiful hidden countryside, into an area with rich and varied wildlife.
We began at the Hunter’s Hall Inn, Kingscote. We couldn’t see anywhere suitable to park on the roadside, so we used the Inn’s large carpark. It would be really fun to do this walk and then stay a night here. They even have some vegan options on their menu.
We headed off along the edge of a field and down a grassy track through a valley. Although it was sunny the wind was chilly so we stopped to put on some extra clothing. A pleasant walk through delightful woodland led us up to the top of the hill over looking the tiny hamlet of Newton Bagpath. Here we could see the mound of grass where a castle once stood.
This stretch of valley was big for such a small stream. We made our way along it, admiring the manor house in the distance, before descending downhill past Lasborough Park. The path curved towards the wooded valley of Ozleworth Bottom. These ancient woods are very pretty. Crystal clear springs trickled down through banks of wild garlic. We stopped for a while to take it all in, and much to our delight a weasel hopped across the pathway. His bright red coat glistened in the sunshine.
We climbed up the valley once more towards Ozleworth, where the public right of way takes you through a grazing field alongside the driveway of a large Georgian house. The pathway ran behind the hedge and led to an interesting old church. After this point the public right of way has been re-routed so that you no longer go through the stable yard’s archway, but around the outside of the buildings.
The track wound its way back down to the valley bottom, where the original old bridge can no longer be crossed as it is unsafe so we continued along the track, crossing the stream a bit further along. After a while the grass became quite boggy with springs, and I think it would be impassable in winter after heavy rain. We soon came across a large field divided up with wire and electric fencing into horse paddocks. The footpath wasn’t marked, so we picked our way over various tumbled down stiles and ducked under fences, making our way up the hillside towards Bagpath. We then managed to find the steep path leading up to the road.
We walked along peaceful lanes listening to the sound of sheep calling their lambs. A bright yellow field of Rapeseed shone in the sunlight, and we stood for a while to admire its beauty. One last descent took us through fields of swaying grasses, where we picked up the start of the route once more back to the car.
At times this walk was a bit challenging direction wise, as many of the paths are unused and are no longer signposted, but as long as you have an OS map your efforts will be rewarded.
Our Rating: 5/5