Castle Combe Circular, Cotswolds

Castle Combe is a small village in Wiltshire, England, on the edge of the Cotswolds AONB. Some may know it as home to the Castle Combe Circuit, a car and bike racetrack, but in sharp contrast to the high-octane activities undertaken nearby, the village itself is beautiful. Many of its buildings are hundreds of years old, constructed in traditional yellow Cotswold stone, and the surrounding countryside is stunning. We decided to spend our Bank Holiday Monday completing a circular walk devised by us that morning taking us through Castle Combe and its surrounding villages. The first section of the walk up to Slaughterford follows the Macmillan Way National Trail and is clearly marked by its characteristic symbol on various posts and gates along the way. This manageable circular is just over 8 miles is total.


Castle Combe

DSC04457There is a free car park at Upper Castle Combe, well signposted, in which we left the car. The walk began by walking down a steep hill, along the road, into the picturesque village centre. Being a sunny day it was bustling with people who were congregating in the square. There are 2 pubs and patrons may purchase drinks and sit on the market cross.


Carrying on along the road we reached the river, called the By Brook. The scenes here made it clear why Castle Combe is one of the most popular Cotswold towns.

DSC04465DSC04471DSC04474DSC04475DSC04476DSC04477We crossed the bridge, carried on along the road for a while and then turned left over a stone footbridge and onto a public footpath. The path took us through shaded woodland before bringing us out into a field.

DSC04478DSC04479DSC04483DSC04487DSC04489DSC04491DSC04492DSC04493After crossing the field it disappeared into the forest again. Our path was then obstructed by cows. Luckily they were indifferent to our presence and we snuck past them into the tiny hamlet of Long Dean.

DSC04495DSC04497DSC04501DSC04502DSC04503DSC04505Here we followed the bridleway up a hill, across an open field, and then down the road into the village of Ford, which has a delightful riverside pub, The White Hart.






Church, Ford


The White Hart, Ford


The White Hart, Ford


After leaving the White Hart (which made into our Top 10 favourite pubs of all time), we turned left up the road to follow the footpath along the banks of the By Brook towards Slaughterford.

Continue our walk on the next page;

22 thoughts on “Castle Combe Circular, Cotswolds

  1. This looks like a great walk and the photos give a real sense of what it must have been like. You looked as if you had a great day’s weather for a tramp across the fields and down the lanes.

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  2. Castle Combe is absolutely lovely. I scrolled along and felt like I was actually visiting this community myself. Beautiful gardens, churches, houses [loved the one with thatched roof], and outdoor seating for a bit, a drink, or a cuppa. What a super fantastic way to spend your Bank Holiday!

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