This lovely countryside ramble will take you through fields around the village Cromhall, Tortworth Lake (if open) and woodlands. Tortworth Lake is open the first Sunday of every month, February to October.
1. Start in the village of Cromhall, follow Knapp Lane until you reach a T junction, turn left.
2. At the end, you will see a square stone turret which is the entrance to the lake (Tortworth Lake is open to the public on the first Sunday of each month, February to October).
3. To the left of this is a gate which says ‘dogs must be kept on leads’ go through this, following the wall around the estate. You will come to a field with a public footpath going diagonally across, follow this to the right-hand side of the field, go through the big gate (had to climb under the electric fence the farmer had put across) and head to the bottom left corner of the field, through the gate.
4. You will follow the path over a stream, past a house and see a track out to the road on your right. Alternatively, you can go through the wooded area to the left of the track and through the fields back to Cromhall, but the paths in these fields are not clearly marked. Lots of sheep on this route so keep dogs on leads when in sheep fields.
If you are lucky enough to visit on an open day, walking around the lake takes about an hour and is a lovely walk. Dogs need to be on a lead whilst at the lake.
You have a couple of options for accessing the lake, you can either follow the directions above, and walk through the entrance where the square stone turret is or: come off at Junction 14 of the M5 and turn right, it’s then the first turning right down what looks like a farm track. Keep going along over cattle grids as far as you can drive and you will see the area for car parking.
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