Walk 1

The Walk above will take you roughly one hour to complete but offers you an insight into both the old and new of Uley the numbers on the map allows you to know what place of interest you are passing.number 20 is for referrence only.

The walk starts at the old workhouse (1) which is on the edge of Uley towards Coaley this was in use when the mills existed in the area.

The next place that along your journey is that of the Uley Bower (2) considered the oldest house on this walk. Whist in this area you will also see the Union Chapel (3) built in 1790 and closed in 1972 to become a house. The next building that you come across will be the Courts (4).

Moving up the hill a little more you will come across Shears (5) once a public house that sold beer from the Uley Brewery (7).

Walking along a little further we see a road that branches off to the left just as the road bends, at the end of this road is a building called the Baldstocks(6) once there were a few of these but today only one cottage remains.

As you continue down the hill and onto the B4066 you will come across two large houses the first being the Weavers (8) the second Peopance (9).

Now turning to the left, you should start to walk back down the street towards Dursley where you will come across three more rather old houses the gables, the reading room (11) and Court House (10).

In order to arrive at the next location on the map you will have to walk some distance, after a while we arrive at a place near the kings head (14), another old public house, to the side of this building are two houses the old Smithy (13) and Montpellier house (12).

Continuing down the street you will come to the corner and as we look to the right, we see a bus stop, this is where the second sheers (15) was located. Walking down small slope of the road you will come across a small wooded area where the farmers in the area came to dip there sheep (16).

Walking back up the slope, you arrive at a cross roads, the Turnpike stood to the left of this.
Crossing the road, start to walk up the hill and to the left you should come across a building called Coombe house (18) a nice looking Queen Anne building.

Next to this is where Jeens Mill (20) stood; opposite side of the road is the Greenbank (19) as we continue up the road we come back to where we started this short walk.

Walk Two (Joins Walk 1 at point 6)
A - From the main street locate the post office (on your left as you walk up the street). Walk along the narrow lane (to the right, as you look at it). Pass between houses as the lane dwindles to a track. Immediately before a stile turn right along an enclosed path towards the church. A
B - When the churchyard can be seen on the right, turn left up a narrow path beside a cottage. This rises fairly sharply and brings you to a kissing gate. Pass through into a meadow. Climb steeply up the grassland towards woodland. b

cC - At the tree-line keep left of the woods. In a corner go through a gate and follow a winding woodland path, climbing among the trees. When you come to a fence stay on the path as it bears left. Go over a stile and then continue ascending, to emerge from the woods. Stay on the path as it rises across grassland to a junction.

Uley Bury, covering about 38 acres (15.4ha), is classified as an inland promontory fort and was built in the 6th century bc. It falls away on three sides, the fourth side, which faces away from the escarpment, is protected by specially constructed ramparts which would have been surmounted by a wooden palisade. The natural defences - that is, the Cotswold escarpment, facing west - were also strengthened by the construction of a wide and deep ditch, as well as two additional ramparts, an inner one and an outer one, between which the footpath largely threads its course. The three main entrances were at the northern, eastern and southern corners. These, being the most vulnerable parts of the fort, would have been fortified with massive log barriers.

D - Turn right to follow the contour of the hill - the edge of the ancient fort. You are following the perimeter of the fort in an anti-clockwise direction, with steep drops to your right. When you meet another junction of paths go left along the edge of the hill, with views to the west. d
E - At the next corner continue to follow the edge of the fort, disregarding a stile that invites you to descend. At the next corner, at the fort's south eastern point, bear right on a path that descends through hillocks and then quite steeply through bushes, keeping left. This will bring you to a stile into a meadow and a tarmac path. e
F - Walk along the path, all the way to a cottage and then a kissing gate. Go through this and pass beside the cottage to arrive at a lane where you connect to the first walk (6). Turn left here and follow the lane, soon passing the Uley Brewery (7), to reach the main road. Turn left, passing South Street, to return to the start. f
Other Uley walks of intrest: One / Two / Three / - South cotswold ramblers organisation Website Back to the top