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Whiteshill, Standish Wood and Westrip Circular Walk

MODERATE 3 reviews

Whiteshill, Standish Wood and Westrip Circular Walk is a 5.6 kilometer loop trail located near Whiteshill, Gloucestershire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

DISTANCE
5.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
182 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

A circular walk from the village of Whiteshill in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. Whiteshill, as the name suggests, sits on a steep valley side giving truly beautiful long distance views. The walking route explores some of the quiet lanes and tracks within the village before entering Standish Wood, one of the finest examples of woodland in the Cotswold Hills. Just beyond the woodland, the views really open up, giving unbeatable panoramas across Stroud to the south and across the Severn Estuary in the north. The return leg takes you steeply down to the village of Westrip before climbing gradually back to Whiteshill, through fields, meadows, paddocks and playing fields. The route includes several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of quite steep parts. The surfaces are generally good, but some of the fields and tracks can be very muddy in winter and after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate several gates plus 8 stiles and 4 squeeze gaps. Whilst all the stiles have gaps in the fencing alongside that should be suitable for Labrador-size dogs to squeeze under, the squeeze gaps (some wooden and some solid stone) are quite narrow but, broader dogs (or humans for that matter!) may struggle. (The narrowest stone squeeze gaps are pictured in the Gallery for reference). There are a couple of stretches along quiet lanes so take care of traffic at these points. You will need to cross one horse paddock and two rough pastures (these were empty when walked but could be holding livestock at times). Approximate time 2 hours.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Completed the walk today with my 12 year old daughter and 14 year old dog. Took our time and did it in 2.5 hours. What a lovely walk, with great views, beautiful woodland and amazingly scenery. Plenty of ups and downs, wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

hiking
27 days ago

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