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Castle Combe and Nettleton Mill Walk

EASY 5 reviews

Castle Combe and Nettleton Mill Walk is a 5.6 kilometer loop trail located near Chippenham, Wiltshire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
5.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
162 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

partially paved

river

views

historic site

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.

hiking
11 days ago

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

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

11 months ago

Really nice walk, one of the highlights being the clapper bridge. Easy to follow directions that didn't feel like four miles. Took us 2 1/2 hours on a rainy Wednesday in May.

Monday, August 28, 2017

This was a really lovely walk. Castle Combe is a beautiful village and the walk took us round it and then through the centre. This was just the right distance for my other half who has arthritis in his knees. And we enjoyed a cold drink in the pub near the Market Cross before returning to the car.

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