Trip Report – Edgeworth to Bisley Circular

Edgeworth to Bisley is a 15 cache,  7 1/2 mile circular trail in Gloucestershire that is situated between Stroud and Cirencester.  I really liked this trail the area had some really beautiful scenery and the trail visited some interesting places.  The caches were very well placed and not many micros! Hakuna Matata (Glos) who had set up this series also included some interesting snippets of history to accompany the walk.  Directions were also provided which were essential because the sign posting along the route wasn’t too good.  It is clear that a great deal of thought and effort has gone into this series. All in all it was a great walk in a fantastic location and I have awarded another of my favorite points to this one.

Edgeworth Village Hall Snowdrops

The trail started from Edgeworth village hall which was looking very spring like today, the garden was totally carpeted with snowdrops and I don’t think that I have seen so many before. It was nice setting for the start of the trail and the sun was also doing it’s best to shine through, making it feel so much warmer than it has done for quite some time. As I was driving along the narrow lanes of the Cotswold’s to get to Edgeworth, I had one of those feelings that I was going to enjoy this walk.

After finding the first cache, near to the parking spot, we headed to number 2, Church Micro 1566. We missed the turning onto the footpath as I was too busy taking in the glorious the view. So after a bit of back tracking we found the stile and headed across the field, there were no sign posts that I could see and initially we went the wrong way. In the end I just followed the arrow to the church and we were soon back on the right track. I was surprised at the sizable church gates that led into the churchyard from the field, Pippy didn’t wait for me to open them and jumped right through them.  After finding the cache we took a look inside the church before continuing.

St. Mary's Church, Edgeworth

The next cache was called Long Barrow, I didn’t read the directions correctly so instead of following the prescribed route and took one that was a bit more direct, it took us across some fields and eventually came out down the road from the polo ground. The only problem was that I then took the wrong track that ran parallel to the footpath that I should have taken and ended up at a farm. There was no way to cut through, so I had no choice but to retrace my steps all the way back to the road in order to to pick up the correct footpath.

After this, it was then a nice down hill section to the bottom of the valley near Tunley.  Pip enjoyed playing in the stream at the bottom before we headed across a little wooden bridge to find the cache.

Pip crossing the stream at Tunley

The next part of the trail took us on a short but steepish climb through a pleasant woodland area known as Rookwoods, to the Watercombe cache. After a quick find, there was another small up hill section of woodland where at the the top we saw a big dove cot and a white dove came out just as we arrived.  The next few caches took us along a muddy track up the RUPP (Road Used as a Public Path) cache which we found without any problems.

Bisley Boy, was the next cache and involved a slightly more gentle climb up the hill taking us almost to the highest point on the trail where it became a bit blustery and I felt a little chilly.  It was here that for the first time since the start of winter we saw a tractor out ploughing the fields, the ground most have softened enough to dig up.

Dove cote

A walk across the fields and we reached the Limekiln Lane cache from which we had good view of Bisley and the church in the distance.  A little walk along a sunken path to brought us to Jayne’s Court cache on the outskirts of Bisley.

At last we had made it to Bisley, a lovely Cotswold village and due to the a lot of muggle activity in the area around the well, it took a while before we located the Poor Souls cache half way up the steps leading to the church.

There were several ways out of the church yard and I don’t think we took the intended one, but it didn’t really matter we as we just got to the cache a different way. This cache was aptly named Lock up, because it was close to a rather exposed lock-up for miscreants and used from 1824 to 1850.

Lock up at Bisley

On quickly to Beggarly Bisley cache and some more fine views across the countryside. It was then a fair distance along a quiet lane across the valley ridge before we reached the Deer Hare cache.   The  section from Bisley had been a gradual decent with some great views, but we now had to a very steep climb to reach Juniper Hill the penultimate cache in the series and then finally Half Penny Belt the last cache. It was then only a short distance back to the car and the end of this fine walk.

Edgeworth to Bisley
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