This is only a brief synopsis of the walk. A full description and relevant map can be viewed on the attached pdf. We would recommend that this is used when undertaking the walk.
Using Sherston 30 & 4 (Macmillan Way), Knockdown Road,
Sherston 22 and Brook Hill.
2.3 miles – lovely views across the river and surrounding farmland.
- Leaving the village via Hunters Field, take the bridleway which forms part of the Macmillan Way, a signed and waymarked route of 290 miles that runs along existing footpaths, bridleways and minor roads. It was opened in 1996 to raise funds, via sponsored walks, for The Macmillan Cancer Relief Charity. The walk is over farmland with good views of the church
- From Knockdown Road go towards the water tower. A windmill once stood there and was used to pump water to standpipes around the village when water levels were low
- The path crosses Sopworth Lane. You are now overlooking a valley known as The Cliff, formed by melt water during the retreat of the ice in the Ice Age. This was probably the inspiration for Sherston’s original, Anglo Saxon name ‘Scorranstan’, meaning ‘steep slope’ and ‘stone’. There are excellent views in all directions from here
- The river at the bottom is a branch of the River Avon and was used to power the old silk mill built in 1872 by Joseph Davenport & Sons. It closed in 1922 and is currently the site of a company that weaves elastic
- The track in front of a row of houses leads to the road and back up to the High Street.