Amy Walks: Stanton & Snowshill Circular
Having met Jodie – who, like me, wants to do more walks this year – in Stanton, we set off on our 6 mile route. But not before bumping in to Nikki and her boyfriend, Aleks, in the car park. Even though they were doing a slightly different route to us, we couldn’t get over that we’d ended up in the same place!
Although small, Stanton was similar to previous Cotswold villages we’d visited. I even think that it’s size made it even sweeter! It was utterly picturesque.
I will admit, I have a slight obsession with Cotswolds villages. Their yellow coloured cottages, the cute quaintness of them all, their babbling brooks…the list could go on! They’re so idyllic that I would happily to move to one, if only the houses weren’t so expensive.
The National Trails’ route took us down the main street of Stanton, past rows of dreamy houses with cute doorways. Following the Cotswold Way signpost, we passed thatched cottages and saw a water station, before leaving on a track past a little pond.
Then the first uphill slog started. Many puffs later and we paused half way, allowing ourselves another *ahem* break to admire the view.
After catching our breath, we carried on the ascent. Nearing the top, we met some adorable cows too. In fact, we met loads of people and animals on the walk! Jodie and I agreed how lovely they all were as well. Pretty much everyone said hello, plenty of dogs came for a quick scratch behind the ear – or in Jodie’s case, stopped her from reaching the top of the steps in a sort of ‘I’m not moving, you move’ kind of manner. It was wonderful.
Shortly after walking across the breezy hilltop, we left the Cotswold Way and entered the National Trust’s Littleworth Wood; which made a nice change from open countryside. Jodie and I rambled through the trees, snapping away with our cameras all the while.
Emerging from the trees, we made our way downhill towards the second Cotswold village of the day: Snowshill. Just like Stanton, Snowshill was gorgeous. I’d only had a fleeting glimpse of it whilst on my way to the Going Digital ‘Get off Auto’ Course. So, it was another pleasant tick off the ‘Cotswolds Bucket List’.
Jodie and I both adore flowers and were pleasantly surprised to see a bank full of Snowdrops just before reaching the village. It was so pretty!
Passing the church, we walked past more honey-coloured buildings to the centre of the village. Once we’d exhausted the centre of the village, our next port of call was The Snowshill Arms for a bite to eat and to meet with our friends.
The Snowshill Arms is the epitome of a country pub. It has rustic but cosy interiors, log burning fires, a well-stocked bar and they even allow dogs. The food is great as well. I wolfed down a bacon and brie toastie, washed down with a glass of Crabbie’s Ginger Beer. Yum!
After catching up with Nikki and Aleks, the four of us went our separate ways to continue our trails. Leaving the village, Jodie and I passed Snowshill Manor and carried on, back in to the countryside. Having done quite a bit of up-hill walking on the way to Snowshill, you can imagine how we felt seeing another ascending climb on our route to Stanton.
We worked up yet another sweat and made it to the top, just in time to spot Nikki and Aleks in the distance. This was followed by us hiding behind a tree and texting the couple to say that we could see them. It was very entertaining! Realising that we probably looked like total creeps to anyone watching, we came out of hiding and joined our friends. It soon transpired that there was a section to do together and we rambled off along the tree line.
The views of the countryside and beyond were gorgeous. Especially when the sun starting to shine a bit more. It was beautiful.
Not long after meeting up, we bid our final farewells to Nikki and Aleks as they set off to Laverton. Jodie and I, however, found ourselves continuing upwards, working our muscles even harder! As we reached the top of the hill – again! – the sun was castling a golden hue and we stopped to admire the view – as well as have a quick selfie, of course!
Shortly after, we continued our walk and found our way back to Stanton. On the way, we also met an adorable and very playful cat called Flora Dora. I could have definitely taken her home!
Once at our cars, Jodie and I parted ways for a few hours; before joining back up for a great evening with our boyfriends and plenty of New York trip planning – very exciting!
Jodie and I thoroughly enjoyed the Stanton and Snowshill Walk and I had another lush day with my lovely friend. It was great to visit two Cotswolds villages, as well as, walking in woodland and countryside on the varied walk. Plus, the pathways were clear, mostly mud-free and easy to follow.
We’d wanted to make the most of the day and thus, had opted to do the longer route. However, a shorter, 2.5 mile route is also available, making it the ideal circuit for just about anyone. Overall, this trail is another fab trek on the Cotswolds Way.
We’re hoping to do a Great Comberton circular, via the flower display at Birlingham, next; so keep your eyes peeled for more on that soon…