Amy Walks: The Leckhampton Loop Trail

Pepper came to stay again recently and we had two days of beautiful walks. Starting with a soggy stomp around the National Trail’s Leckhampton Loop.

I’m very much an explorer and am always on the hunt for new adventures. Although Leckhampton is only a short distance from where we live, I didn’t realise there was a hill or any sort of nature walk there. That was until consulting the Cotswold Way circular routes on the National Trail’s website.

Heading off at first light, we nabbed a parking spot in the layby opposite the Seven Springs pub and met up with my friend, Nikki. With Pepper’s lead clipped on and our boots donned, we soon got to walking.

This was my second nature-based New Year’s resolution walk and it was pleasing to feel like we were in the middle of nowhere. I would never have guessed that we’d been so close to Leckhampton or other signs of city life!

The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography

Striding up the hill was quite a grind but we made it and not out of breath – go us! Carrying on with the leaflet directions, we walked our way across to the viewpoint and Devil’s Chimney.

The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography

The Devil’s Chimney on Leckhampton Hill is an interesting structure! How the intriguing local landmark was made, or why, remains a mystery. But it’s positioned in one hell of a spot- if you excuse the pun! The view was great and would have been even better on a clear day!

The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography

After a few considerable minutes of taking it all in and having a selfie, we trundled back up to the edges hill top. The pooch had plenty of exercise, running around everywhere. She certainly didn’t mind the rain!

The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography

We followed the waymarkers and ended up retracing our steps back to the car. It was drizzling the whole time we were there and the paths were extremely muddy. But we had a laugh trying not to slip over! If anything, the rain added extra fun to the walk.

The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography The National Trail's Leckhampton Loop Circular Walk. Photos taken on Huawei P20 Pro. - Amy Tinson Photography

5 miles and over 10,000 steps later and we were all driving back home to get dry and warm! The Leckhampton Loop was a diverse and brilliant walk and another National Trail’s route to tick off.

It was also good to finally make use of my Huawei P20 Pro. I’d taken my Canon DSLR but due to the weather, didn’t take it out once and surprisingly, the little camera phone did an excellent job! Although the images can sometimes look over processed, most of the time they are exactly how I want them to be. The detail on the photos is also top notch and I’m pleased to have made the switch from iPhone.

Click here to read about and see the photos from the second part of our weekend with Pepper: a hike up Bredon Hill.

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