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Fairford town and riverside meadow

LOCALITY: Fairford, Gloucestershire
DISTANCE: 4 miles (6.44 km)
FACILITIES: Circular route, Parking, Suitable for wheelchairs, Pub

GRADIENT: Mostly flat
OS MAP: Cirencester & Swindon

Walk description:

Park next to Fairford church (which is worth a visit in its own right) and head west along the road, past the old mill and attractive pond. Some of this road has no pavement, but it is generally quiet.

At the T junction, turn left and continue until you meet the main road. Turn left, past the URC church and then right along Waterloo Lane. You will eventually end up at a modern bridge, dedicated to a dog (!). Cross it.

You may now turn left to return to the town centre on hard paths, or turn right to get to the meadows. Follow the River Coln for one mile until you find a bridge on your left. Cross this carefully; it is only a metre or so wide.

Turn left and follow the path aound the edge of the lakes. After half a mile or so, turn left onto a broad path and follow it for another half mile until you reach the allotments. Turn left, past the allotments, and then follow the road until you get back to the main road.

You can now turn left to return to the town centre, or go right then left and work your way back to the parish church via whatever route you fancy.

Additional notes:

The first half of the walk is on hard surface. The stretch by the meadow is on a rougher surface which will be muddy after rain. There are many opportunities to shorten the walk if the surface becomes too difficult to manage.

Fairford also has a town trail, which is available from Tourist Information.

Look out for large planes flying from the nearby RAF base.

03/05/2011 | Walk posted by Al Marsh

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