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Around the Slaughters

A leisurely walk (riverside) in Gloucestershire, England, about 9.94km (6.18 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:45. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 102m (334ft)
Loss 102m (334ft)
Max. Elevation 220m (721ft)
Elevation (total) 204m (668ft)
Start & End
Bournton-on-the-Water
Distance 9.94km
(6.18mi)
Duration ~2:45
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 23 Mar 2011
The villages of the Cotswolds are beloved of coach parties and rich types, but the walking is great too. This route links three of the better known villages, Bournton-on-the-Water and Upper and Lower Slaughter. Easy to reach by bus and you will also avoid the four hours trying to find a parking spot. The route also follows two rivers, the Eye and the Windrush, which always makes for a nice walk.

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Waypoints

OS Grid SP167207
Start in the village of Bournton-on-the-Water. This is one of the most famous villages in the region, often referred to as the Venice of the Cotswolds. Head for Station Road and follow it to the A429.
Coach and Horses About 0.96 km (~0.6 miles) from
OS Grid SP167217
At the Coach and Horses pub on the A429, cross the road carefully. Opposite is the footpath towards Lower Slaughter.
Lower Slaughter About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from
OS Grid SP163224
The path leads to Lower Slaughter. The name is not macabre, but rather derived from the old English word 'Slohtre', meaning a muddy place.
Upper Slaughter About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
OS Grid SP157231
A footpath along the River Eye takes you to Upper Slaughter. The main attraction here is the historic Norman Church, St. Peters, with parts dating to the 12th century.
Manor Farm About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SP149228
From Upper Slaughter, take the path towards Manor Farm.
Lower Harford Farm About 1.91 km (~1.19 miles) from
OS Grid SP130227
A stretch along a quiet country road leads you to Lower Harford Farm and the River Windrush.
Ford over the river About 0.28 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid SP129224
Pass through the village and across the river to pick up the path on the other side.
River Windrush About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
OS Grid SP137220
The path along side the Windrush takes you slowly back to Bournton, following the meanders as you go.
Aston Farm About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from
OS Grid SP149213
Cross the river at Aston Farm, where you will also meet the Glouctestershire Way.
Back to Bournton About 1.13 km (~0.7 miles) from
OS Grid SP160209
Recross the A429 to return to Bournton-on-the-Water for the bus home. Buses connect to Cheltenham, which is the nearest station.
Bournton again About 0.76 km (~0.47 miles) from
OS Grid SP166206
It's a touristy place, so plenty to see and do if you are staying for a short while: www.bourtoninfo.com There, a whole description of a Cotswolds walk without using the word 'honeycomb' for the buildings. Must be a first.

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