Castle Combe

Special edition UK hike while on vacation. I’m here visiting friends in Chipping Sodbury near Bristol in the UK, and they took me on a nice hike around a picturesque small town called Castle Combe. As well as my friends Jon & Caroline, we were joined by their two basset hounds, Ezri and Chester, as well as a dog they were looking after – Bertie.

The trail we followed is known as “Castle Combe and By Brook” and is “Through the hilly and wooded By Brook Valley from Wiltshire’s famous picture-book village”. It starts (and ends) in Castle Combe, and although parts of the walk are along the country roads, most of it is across fields and woodland paths, with quite a few stiles and gates to navigate.

Took us about 3 hours to do the 9.2km walk (with a few pauses to double-check directions). Although some of the fields were a little uninteresting and involved carefully navigating around sheep dung), most of the walk was very picturesque, as we passed a lot of 15th-century Cotswold stone cottages, and along many of the woodland paths there were some nice slate fences.

Naturally, being a walk in the English countryside, the walk ended with a pint of beer in the local pub.

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