Walking in Winsley

Located just 6 miles from the city of Bath and 2 miles from the town of Bradford-on-Avon, Winsley, a large village just south of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, really is a walker’s paradise! From short strolls along the canal towpath, to longer walks across the fields and hills, there’s a footpath for everyone. Read on for some of the best walks you can enjoy during your stay at Burghope Cottage.
Avoncliff Aqueduct
Follow the path adjacent to Winsley Cricket Ground down to the dramatic Avoncliff aqueduct (next to Avoncliff station), you will enjoy a perfect view overlooking the valley and, on a clear day, will be able to spot Westbury White Horse. Stop for a drink at the Cross Guns to enjoy wonderful views of the river. Return to the village via Turleigh, or head along the peaceful canal towards Murhill and back via the paths that lead uphill to Winsley.
Iford Manor Gardens

Take a leisurely walk through Avoncliff, Freshford and Friary Woods to reach the award-winning and peaceful, Grade 1 registered Iford Manor Gardens. We recommend a beautiful walk through the Friary Woods in the spring when the wild garlic and bluebells are in full bloom. Head back towards Westwood and carry on to Turleigh before retreating back to Burghope Cottage.

Dundas Aqueduct
From Burghope Cottage, walk towards Conkwell down through the steep sides of Conkwell Wood to the spectacular Dundas Aqueduct. Many of the paths follow the old tramways reflecting the area’s mining history. Return to Winsley via the picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal towpath, which provides an excellent opportunity to explore and view the whole valley.
For a pleasant walk and day out to the historic and beautiful town of Bradford-on-Avon, head towards Turleigh and follow the lane to Bradford, crossing the former Packhorse Bridge. Return to Winsley via Barton Farm Country Park, along the Kennet and Avon canal, to Avoncliff and up the valley side.
Explore the hillsides of Murhill including the Murhill Bank Nature Reserve, accessible from Murhill Lane (off the B3108 or below Avonpark Retirement Village) and a footpath leading from Winsley. This tranquil area contains evidence of former quarries and mines and is part of the Burghope Cottage history. Burghope Cottage is an old Quarryman’s cottage dating back to mid 1800s. The quarrymen would have mined the local Murhill Quarry, using the stone local building and the building of the Kennet and Avon Canal. The old quarries are now full of various species of bats. 
Warleigh Wood
Cross over the Winsley by-pass towards Conkwell Grange Racehorse Stables and the hamlet of Conkwell. Head through the beautiful Warleigh Wood and towards the popular summer location of Warleigh Weir.
Walk North, across the by-pass, down the lane by Church Farm Cottages, towards Parsonage Farm. Follow the path running alongside the ancient and private woodland of Inwood. Queen guitarist Brian May purchased the land to the North of this ancient woodland in 2018 and planted 100,000 trees! A mixture of native British trees can be seen from the main road. At the edge of the woods, carry straight on down the lane through a farmyard to Haugh and Hartley Farm for lunch, or walk further on to Little Ashley for a well deserved drink at The Dog and Fox.

There are many more incredible walks for you to enjoy from Burghope Cottage so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions before or during your stay. We are always on hand to give you an insider’s guide to the local area. 

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