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The Cotswold Way - Day 4

Start - Coaley Peak

End - Tormarton

Distance - 26.5 miles / 42.6 Km

Walking Time - 8 Hours 21 Minutes

Assent - 3,619 ft / 1,103 meters

Day 4 turned in to a big one. Lots of hills, sunshine and more miles in a day than I’d walked before in a day were just some of the ingredients that made it special

The day started by following a ridge line down into Dursley (which is a far nicer place than its name might suggest.) From there it was up towards North Nibley and one of the highlights of the day; the Tyndale Monument. Visible from the M5 and many miles round it stands alone on a grassy hill top plain. William Tyndale was the first person to Translate the new Testament of the Bible into English and this stone tower was erected in 1866 to commemorate that achievement.

From there it was along and then down into the delightfully named Wotton-under-Edge before climbing once more; this time to the Somerset Monument. Built to commemorate Lord Robert Somerset in 1846 it is somewhat ironically located in Gloucestershire.

The day finished by passing through the wonderfully named villages of Little and Old Sodbury which left me just north of the M4 and only 17 miles from the trails end at Bath Abbey

As so often happens with multi day adventures, just as you feel you’re getting into a rhythm the end is in sight and it’s time to end. That being said, I think my body will be thankful for a day or twos rest before starting what ever comes next.

(and for those keeping count, day 4 was a zero ice cream and zero trig point day. Both these facts sadden me.)


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