Short Walking Break around Tetbury
Self led walking break around Tetbury
This short break offers up to 3 days of easy walking that can be adapted to suit you, with route distances from 5 ½ to 12 ½ miles.
Todays walk encircles Highgrove House but don't expect to see much of HRH as it was carefully chosen with privacy in mind! You will, however see more of his neighbours homes which are equally grand. The feature of the day is undoubtedly Westonbirt Arboretum. Westonbirt, the National Arboretum is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world. It boasts a historical collection of over 3,000 different trees and shrub species, many of which are rare or endangered in their native lands. Covering six hundred acres, the arboretum is an inspiring place to relax, get back to nature and indulge your senses...
Your journey today takes you along a lane that is nearly 2000 years old; previously a military road, ‘The Roman Fosse Way’. It was built just behind the 'front line' after the initial occupation of AD 44 to allow troops to move quickly to any trouble spots. You will walk through Brokenborough, Malmesbury, Shipton Moyne, & Doughton.
Malmesbury lies on the southern edge of the Cotswolds and is the oldest borough in England with a charter given by Alfred the Great. The town is famous for its Abbey, though today only a part of the Abbey Church remains. The surviving building is only around two thirds of the nave of the original. It was from a tower here that Elmer, the flying monk, leaped in c.1000AD in an attempt to be the first man to fly. He traveled more than a furlong, but broke both his legs! – We advise you not to try this! Athelstan, first King of England is said to have been buried here in 939 AD.
With the Dissolution of the Monasteries the Abbey was sold by Henry VIII's commissioners to William Stumpe, a clothier, who used the building as workshops. Stumpe must have been both rich and influential as he also bought Osney Abbey, Oxford.
On the final day you will have some interesting views across the gables and chimneys of Avening Court, the latest in a long line of houses on this site and at the heart of Avening's story.
In The last Millennium the land you will walk across has seen many influential characters and members of the royal family, including Queen Matilda of England and Princess Anne who have both owned a dwelling on the land.
The walk will lead you to Chavenage house an Elizabethan manor built by Edward Stephens in 1576. It too has seen its fair share of famous historical figures over the years, including Oliver Cromwell.
This leisurely walk incorporates magnificent attractions, Tetbury’s heritage and beautiful scenery, to make for the perfect break away from everyday life.
This walk is available throughout the year subject to availability.
Cheltenham Spa Railway Station
T: 01242 250 642