Uley Bury and the Ancient Owl Woods

Suitable for

Beginners with good fitness

Group size

6-8

Ideal length

1 day

When to go

All year round

Price

From £28

Named as a Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we visit Uley Bury, a fascinating Iron Age Fort with far reaching views. We then head off the beaten track to meander through ancient woodlands and some of the most stunning landscapes in our area.

Distance: 6.3 miles

Start Time: 10:00am (Finishing at approx. 4:00pm)

The walk in more detail:

From the meeting point in Uley we ascend a fairly steep path to Uley Bury, a fascinating Iron Age Fort named as a Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Far reaching views surround the fort, including Uley Valley and the Vale of Berkley - even to the River Severn on clear days.

After exploring the fort, we head off the beaten track to meander through ancient woodlands encompassing some of the most stunning landscapes in our area. Every season holds a surprise, bluebells and wild garlic in springtime, a plethora of life in the summer sunshine, colours to behold in the autumn, and continuous beautiful views through deciduous trees on crisp winter days.

As the woods briefly open up into grassland, we stop to enjoy the views. Maybe one of our national birds, the Robin, will watch with us. Or a hovering kestrel can be seen swooping across the valley.

A second and final climb brings us to Nymphsfield, where we can enjoy fantastic food and local ale at the Rose and Crown, or we’ll roll out some blankets for you to enjoy a packed lunch.

Once refreshed, we stroll across open fields before entering the beech woods of Owlpen. The path skirts the valley, leading us into the hamlet of Owlpen, where we can pause to enjoy the atmospheric Holy Cross church, before heading back to our starting point in Uley.

Points of Interest:
- Fantastic countryside and far reaching views
- Iron Age Fort
- Named as a Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Ancient woodland
- Owlpen Church
- Natural habitat for Yellow Hammers and Kestrels

Your guide

Kate Thompson has lived in the Cotswolds for 15 years and has relished exploring the area by foot. Although she doesn't claim to be an expert historian or naturalist she would love to share her passion for the beautiful Cotswolds, including must see tourist spots and some hidden gems.

Additional info

Included: Use of walking poles and rucksack. A bottle of water for each walker. Plus fun and informative commentary about the history and nature we find along the route.

Lunch Options: Pub lunch or packed lunch are available.

Please Note: Pub and packed lunches are not included in the price. Please note that bookings are required for pub lunches, so last minute guided walk bookings may require packed lunches if pubs are fully booked. To avoid disappointment, please book your guided walk and pub lunch well in advance.

Children Under 16: £10 each.

* Please contact us via the booking form with details of your family or mixed group specific pricing; and any lunch bookigs.

Included

Not Included

  • Meals/ drinks
  • Personal activity insurance
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