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Castle Combe and Nettleton Mill Walk is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near Badminton, Berkshire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 531 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Partially paved

River

Views

Historic site

Description
Waypoints (6)
Getting There

Please be mindful and considerate when hiking this trail as parts of it border a golf course and are considered private property. This circular route beginning from the idyllic village of Castle Combe in the Cotswold is particularly picturesque, taking you through a beautiful parkland golf course before joining a beautiful stream-side path that leads you past the former buildings of Nettleton Mill and then crosses an ancient clapper bridge. On the return leg, you will pass through stunning sections of beech woodland, swimming with wild garlic in the spring months, before enjoying the centre of Castle Combe with its stone cottages, market cross and church (and the mandatory Cotswold tourists!). The route has several long and steady climbs and descents throughout, although no sections are very steep. Some sections of the woodland paths can get muddy and slippery and some other short sections of the route follow narrow paths that can be overgrown in the summer months (so long trousers and boots are a must). You will need to negotiate a few footbridges, some steps, gates and kissing gates plus one stile (that has a large gap alongside that should be easy for most dogs to pass through). There is no livestock on route. There is a total of about 1200 metres walking along the edge of quiet country lanes, so take care of traffic on these stretches. The first section crosses a golf course, so watch out for any stray flying golf balls and show respect for the golfers by allowing them to play their shots before you cross. There are public toilets in the village centre, towards the end of the walk. Allow 2 hours.

Castle Combe is located about 5 miles north-west of Chippenham in Wiltshire. The walk starts at the village's dedicated car park on Dunns Lane (a large, open-air, tarmac, free car park), just north-east of the village. From the B4039, turn into Dunns Lane (signed to Castle Combe and Parking) and you will find the car park almost immediately on your right. The post code SN14 7HH will take you to the properties at the junction between Dunns Lane and The Street (too close to the village), from here you need to turn into Dunns Lane (uphill and away from the village) to reach the car park. For Sat Nav purposes it will be easier to request Dunns Lane, Castle Combe.

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Recordings (39)
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Danielle Stacey
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A great walk, we started pretty early as we were day tripping in The Cotswolds. Would have possibly been better to do this in reverse as we wanted to avoid the crowds and was a little busy in the village which was the final part of the walk. In normal circumstances this wouldn't have bothered us though.

Charlie Teas
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Hiking

Great trail, directions here are spot on thank you! We did the walk with 2 puppies and a 6 year old.. puppies really enjoyed playing in the river.. had to keep them on the lead a fair bit due to barbed wire fencing in certain sections but they had a blast..

Lisa Alder
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Hiking

Great walk thoroughly enjoyed

Tom M
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Was an enjoyable walk. A nice mix of off road and road walking. The scenery was beautiful. Definitely recommend.

Leigh Steedman
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HikingOff trailPrivate property

A very nice trail, but a bit confusing in some places with which way to go, as some areas marked as 'Private' Overall very pleasant, and would recommend.

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Leanne Honeywell
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Hiking

Great walk, easy to follow, kids loved the streams.

Claire Pearse
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Hiking

Lovely walk, well marked and easy to follow.

Divya Magar
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Hiking

Loved it ! Perfect for hike full of nature

Rebecca Britton
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WalkingMuddyPrivate propertyRocky

We've just done this walk, it was utterly beautiful. The idyllic Castle Combe and surrounding ancient woodlands are one of our favourite local places to visit. Never seen so much wild garlic (took a handful home for eating). The village was more enjoyable today with no tourists around!

GOSIA Cyganowska
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HikingIcyMuddy

We went slightly off piste but lovely walk with a dog. A bit muddy but it is winter so something to expect.

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andrew lane
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HikingMuddy

Nice walk, though very muddy (January). Don’t underestimate the slopes. The part of the walk after the clapper bridge is quite a steep uphill climb. Also, if you have a dog that likes exploring, be aware that there is a lot of poorly maintained barbed wire fencing defining the path line. Left our dog on a lead for much of the walk because of this.

Jade Nash Bustorff-Silva
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Hiking

So beautiful! Picture perfect Castle Combe!

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Jaimun Nayee
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HikingMuddy

Great easy walk especially in late afternoon/evening when the light hits everything just right! definitely wear shoes/boots you don't mind getting muddy as the trail is very muddy in some areas!

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Shannon Lawrence
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HikingMuddy

Lovely walk. Definitely need wellies at this time of year

Emily Hextall
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Hiking

a few wet parts at this time of year. make sure you've got your wellies. lovely walk.

Taylor Barkham
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Joe Pullin
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Clair Whittaker
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Hiking

A beautiful walk through woodland and alongside/over streams. Walk ends in the village of Castle Combe.

Vicky Day
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Walking

Free carpark, easy to follow route which is signposted. Lots of little stalls with home made refreshments on route so handy to have a few pounds in your pocket. Lovely varied walk taking in the village, some forestry and a golf course. Friendly route, lots of walkers around. Some of the gates maybe difficult for prams. Easy to do an extended version - 9.5k.

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Jonny Greenwald
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Hiking

The trail was beautiful but the instructions on how to find the trail head were poor!

Emmanuel Appiah
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Jason Biggs
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Garry Garry
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Excellent walk, beautiful countryside.

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