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South west of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire (map reference SO 91 14) lies Witcombe Park and nearby is Witcombe reservoir. This link to streetmap.co.uk - Great Witcombe shows the area concerned, OS Explorer map 179. The area is a natural basin (most of which is the Witcombe Estate) in the Cotswold escarpment. Round the top of this basin, to the south, passes the Cotswold way.
From Witcombe Park (SO 912 144) there radiate five main footpaths. All of them meet the Cotswold Way at the top of the hill. Witcombe park is on the 105m contour. The Cotswold way at the top is above the 200m contour in places, so the climb is about 100 metres. Despite these five paths, we found a plethora of 'Private - keep out' signs that forbid free access across farm tracks and open pasture land and which despoil Witcombe Park and marred our holiday there. Nevertheless it is a beautiful area, particularly in spring. Using the footpaths, it's possible to do a 5kM circular walk without encountering more than a very minor road.
The five paths are:
In April 2007 we took an Easter holiday at Witcombe Park and we took with us our two cats, Xanna and Misty. This is a photo gallery of the holiday. It includes not only cats but scenery and plants of interest, particularly edible plants - see Food For Free section of my site.
As the photographs show, Easter 2007 was extremely warm - this was the second week in April.
We did many walks from the holiday home up the footpaths and round on the Cotswold Way so the photos are not in itinerary order but apparently out of sequence - in date order. All were photographed with a Canon EOS 350D camera. Originals (average size 4MB) are available - please use the contact button.
Click on the thumbnail for a full size picture and more information.
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