The Cotswold Way, Places of Interest, Part 4

This blog continues on from part 3. It  looks at places of interest on  The Cotswold Way between Wotton under Edge and Tormarton. The Cotswold Way route continues past the town of Wotton under Edge. It comes to the little village of Lower Kilcott with it’s millstream and then climbs to The Somerset Monument. The monument can be easily seen for many miles around. It was erected in 1846 to commemorate General Lord Edward Somerset. Lord Somerset was a soldier and the son of the 5th Duke of Beaufort.  He had served with distinction at The battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Somerset Monument Cotswold Way

After passing the village of Hawkesbury Upton, The Cotswold Way route reaches Horton Court. A 16th century manor house. The existing building conttains a 12th-century Norman hall. The house was built in about 1521 by Reverend William Knight. It has been a National Trust property since 1949. The route then climbs up to Horton Fort with fantastic views over The Severn Vale surrounding countryside.

Horton Court Cotswold Way

Continuing on The Cotswold Way route past Old Sodbury the route enters parkland. The grounds of Dodington Park were designed by Capability Brown. The English Landscape Architect was known as ‘England’s greatest gardener”. Dodington Park is a country house and estate. The current house was built by James Wyatt between 1798 and 1816 for Christopher Bethell Codrington. Many of the buildings on the estate are Grade I listed. Dodington House itself is Grade I listed on the National Heritage List for England. The famous landscaped park is Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

Dodington Park Cotswold Way

We will conclude places of interest on the Cotswold Way route in our next blog. At The Cotswold Walking Co. we hope to offer you a very warm welcome to the beautiful Cotswolds. We use our experience to introduce you to our favourite Cotswold highlights and accommodation. To get in touch, and to see our range of Cotswold Walking Holidays click here

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