Cotswold Life - - COTSWOLD WAYS -

There are a num­ber of well­signed coloured trails avail­able to fol­low around the Sher­borne Es­tate – but here’s a sug­gested route.

1. After check­ing out the in­for­ma­tion pan­els in the barn, leave Ewe Pen Barn car park, turn­ing right along track.

2. Take right fork and fol­low track along­side foot­ball pitch, head­ing to­wards trees.

3. Just be­fore trees end, take foot­path into the woods on left.

4. Fol­low path through the woods un­til you reach a metal gate at far end.

5. Cross clear­ing and down in a dip you’ll come across the Ice-house.

6. Con­tinue on un­til you come to the pic­turesque wrought-iron seat, which en­cir­cles a tree – a good place for a pause.

7. Con­tinue past a play area, fol­low­ing the di­verted path along un­til you emerge from the edge of the woods.

8. You’ll see the rear of Sher­borne House through the gap in the trees.

9. Con­tinue past a lovely old stone sum­mer seat, un­til you reach the vil­lage.

10. Pass­ing the war me­mo­rial, visit the vil­lage shop and tea­rooms. Time for re­fresh­ments!

11. Feel­ing per­haps slightly heav­ier (!) leave the shop and tea­rooms, turn­ing right along road.

12. Fol­low road along to Sher­borne House and Sta­bles. Turn left onto the drive­way, fol­low­ing signs to church. Watch out for the stat­u­ary (it’s watch­ing you!).

13. Visit the cool peace­ful in­te­rior of St Mary Ma­gade­lene, mak­ing a do­na­tion, es­pe­cially if you’re feel­ing sin­ful! Look out for the plaque ded­i­cated to James Bradley, to mark his ter­cente­nary. 14. Leave church, turn left along road, en­joy­ing views of the Win­drush.

15. Fol­low Ash Hole Road (care­ful how you say it!) along un­til you come to a foot­path on your left that leads into a copse of trees.

16. Fol­low foot­path through the woods.

17. Even­tu­ally you’ll emerge at the other end. Fol­low foot­path across fields.

18. Turn right, head­ing back to the carpark.

19. Time to head to Lodge Park. Tally ho! 20. From Lodge Park car-park, visit the splen­did grand­stand man­aged by the Na­tional Trust (ad­mis­sion fee).

21. After­wards, ex­plore the grounds at your leisure – dis­cover the long-bar­row in the field be­hind the grand­stand, the shep­herd’s hut and pet ceme­tery (tucked away in the cor­ner). Don’t for­get to ad­mire the front of the grand­stand be­fore you leave – very pho­to­genic – worth walk­ing up to the mag­nif­i­cent iron gates with the Dut­ton coatof-arms on.

22. Re­turn to the car park. If you are tempted by the nearby Old Badger Inn, East­ing­ton, raise a glass to Crump and Bradley.

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