Devised by Cheltenham Borough Council, the Cheltenham Circular Walk follows a route of approx 26 miles and gives wonderful views of the Cotswolds escarpment. The walk starts and ends at Pittville Park and passes Cheltenham Racecourse and Dowdeswell Reservoir. In September I attempted the first 70 caches and had a fantastic very “full” days caching only just getting back to the car before sundown. This long distance walk is quite challenging in terms of the hills you have to climb but is also rewarded with incredible views at the top of Ravensgate Hill along the Cotswold Way. Highly recommended.
Knowing that I wouldn’t have time to complete the whole trail in a single day, I parked my car in a lay by at Badgeworth which was between cache 71 & 72, then my wife drove me the start of the series at the racecourse, she was competing with our dogs in an agility show there. According the route plan that should have been about 14.5 miles, the gps at the end of the day recorded 17.8miles!
Start point on a misty morning but the forecast was bright
Passing by Cheltenham railway station which was hosting a Thomas the Tank engine day
Was this the fat controllers signal box?
Nice a quiet this morning
We now began a walk around the racecourse, still lots of mist though
Fantastic views of the racecourse, believe it or not
It was a pleasant walk across the field.
More great views of the racecourse, I wonder if you can stand here on race days?
We passed plenty of dog walkers out on the morning walkies
Last view, before heading away from the racecourse
There’s one here but I’m not saying anymore
Passing through the quite streets
Heading towards St Mary’s church
It made me smile!
The graveyard was very crowded
View of St Mary’s church at Prestbury, plenty of shops nearby
Heading out into the countryside now at no.14
Much more peaceful now and nice views up to the hills
Lots of blackberries for picking
I wonder if they know there is a cache near here?
Nice chestnut horses, one was enjoying a roll around
Approaching no. 26 leaving Charlton Kings
I wasn’t sure I was going the right way here but I was
From no. 30 the trail heads up hill
An opportunity to take in the view over the town
Lots of horses in the field, it was sunny and warm on the hillside
Little did I know that I was going to the top of this hill!
Starting the ascent! Pip running ahead
Following the pylons up the hill
Looking back at where we had come from
Now it is starting to get steep
Made it, after a tough climb through the trees to the top
It was worth all the effort for the views
The views were amazing as we walked along the top
We could see for miles, thankfully the mist had lifted
Last view before heading down again
Views of the golf course as we passed through
After another steep climb, some more views
Walking along Charlton Kings Common
The houses up here have some great views
Interesting house near no.57 about halfway around the circuit