Dyrham and the Cotswold Way
Saturday 2nd October, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
This is a walk along 2 ancient routes – part of the Cotswold Way as it meanders towards Bath, then the Monarchs Way which follows the river Boyd back towards Dyrham.
It is a walk of contrasts –shady woodland, a short steep hill, spectacular views (even on a dull day), riverside meadows and the pretty villages of Doynton and Dyrham.
Starting at the public footpath on the edge of Dyrham Park, the first stretch of your walk is downhill towards Dyrham village to link up with the Cotswold Way. You will see evidence of medieval strip lynchets on the hillside as you emerge to a wide-open vista with extensive views before heading up into Dyrham wood. There is a place to pause as you climb up through the woodland – with a bench and a message box! Shortly you reach open fields again.
You head on down towards the Cotswold village of Doynton, past its pub and across the fields to join the Monarch Way and the river Boyd. Doynton Mill can be seen at the bottom edge of the field and we pass a beautiful wildlife pond which memorialises those from Doynton lost in the two world wars. We will stop around Doynton for our break and packed lunch if you brought one.
The last section is mostly flat across the fields back towards the village of Dyrham. Our walk ends just near the National Trust café in Dyrham Park where you can grab a well-deserved hot drink or maybe a cream tea if you wish. The total distance is just under 7 miles. Dyrham Park itself, the 17th century manor house and gardens are open for visiting through the National Trust.
Please bring your own water and packed lunch. Café refreshments are not included. There are public toilets near the start and end of the walk.
Distance: 7 miles
Start time: 10am
Finish time: 2pm
Start and finish point: Dyrum
How to book
You will be able to buy tickets and book your walks online here from 21st June 2021.