Castle Combe Circular
A stunning 3.5 mile circular walk in the famous charming Cotswold village Castle Combe. This walk is brilliant for a warm summer’s day with plenty of places for dogs to splash around in the brook and shady woodlands to explore.
The walk starts at the free car park in Castle Combe. We arrived early on a weekend, but after we finished our walk, the car park was full, so make sure you get there early or in the late afternoon. It’s also good to know that the village is usually very busy with tourists.
There are a few options for places to eat and drink before or after your walk. Both of the local pubs in the village are dog friendly. The Manor House is also a lovely place to stop with your pup for a drink, however, new covid restrictions have sadly stopped them from serving visitors at the moment (June 2021). There is also a little dog friendly cafe, The Old Stables, which serves tea and cake. Alternatively, you could drive to nearby dog friendly pubs, either The Salutation Inn or The White Hart.
There are no livestock on this route, however, in the beginning, you do walk past a sheep field which is secure. Dogs also need to be on a lead when walking through the golf course. You will also need to walk on quiet roads for a small part of the walk.
1. Start at Castle Combe Car Park (SN14 7HH). From here, walk out of the car park and down the slope towards the village. At the end of Dunns Lane, turn right. In a few moments, veer right onto School Lane, where a walk to Nettleton Shrub is signposted.
2. Walk to the end of the lane, where you will see a footpath between two concrete posts, follow the footpath past the sheep field (the field was secure but we kept Bella on a lead just in case).
3. Follow the footpath past the golf course (dogs do need to be on a lead when on the golf course) and through a wooded area until you reach an open space. Stay on the same path which will lead you to a pretty little bridge crossing a stream.
4. Stay the path through the golfing green (watch out for golf balls!) until you see a signed footpath veering off to the left. Walk along the path surrounded by trees which is next to the brook.
5. Carry on along the path until you reach a couple of houses, where you will need to walk between them to reach the next public footpath.
6. Stay on the path until you come to the beautiful brook where dogs can splash around and swim. Cross the bridge to walk up the rocky bridlepath.
7. After a while, you will come out to an unmarked lane. Turn left and follow this lane for half a mile. Make sure dogs are on a lead here as even though it is quiet, there are occasional cars and cyclists.
8. After 0.5 miles you will see a signpost for a footpath on your left, follow this path through the woodland. After 0.3 miles, this footpath will meet with the road again, turn left and follow the road until you reach the heart of Castle Combe.
9. To get back to the car park, follow the main road through the village which passes The White Hart pub until you get back to Dunns Lane.
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AddressCastle Combe Free Car Park
Upper Castle Combe
ParkingFree car park
Paws for thoughtThe village does get very busy at weekends, so get there early as you may not be able to park. Dogs need to be on a lead when walking through the golf course. Some quiet road walking.
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