Walk in the Cotswolds: Enchanting valleys and breathtaking hills in Uley & Uley Bury

Views of Uley village nested in Cotswold valley

The Cotswolds offer some of the best walks in England. The quaint village of Uley and its enchanting valley and breathtaking hill fort are no exception. Offering serene country paths, lush woodland and fantastic views, the Uley and Uley Bury walk will take your breath away (literally and figuratively).

This walk takes you from the village of Uley around the hill fort of Uley Bury. The circular walk enjoys splendid views of Uley, the valleys around the hill fort, the village of North Nibley, the Tyndale monument, the surrounding Cotswold countryside, as well as the Bristol Channel and South Wales.

Location: Uley, South Cotswolds

Walk difficulty: Intermediate

Time: 1 ½ hours

Distance: 3 miles (4.8 km)

From the quaint Uley village to the breathtaking hill top

The Uley and Uley Bury walk starts at the picturesque village of Uley. A typical Cotswold village, Uley is nested in an enchanting wooded valley in the South Cotswolds. Comprising of one main street and a plethora of charming cottages in the distinctive Cotswold stone, Uley is a delight to explore. I would recommend walking up and down the main street to spot your favourite cottage.

Quaint village store in Uley, Cotswolds
Quaint store in Uley

At the quaint post office, the walk leads you away from the main street along small village lanes towards the medieval church. At the churchyard, you cross a verdant field housing cattle and follow the man-made path leading you to the woods. As you enter the lush forest, the path gets steeper and your breath gets shorter. As we emerged from the woodland, a few feet away from the top of the hill, we came face to face with cows grazing scrumptious leaves and blocking the path. We waited for them to move on to better pastures before completing the final climb.

The Uley Bury hill fort and its splendid views of the Cotswolds

Once you reach the top of Uley Bury, the walk leads you around the edge of the hill fort along fields and country lanes. Uley Bury is an ancient hill fort whose escarpment provided a natural defence during the Iron Age. At the western corner of the fort, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Cotswolds, the village of North Nibley, the Tyndale monument, the Gloucestershire countryside, the Bristol Channel and on a clear day, South Wales.

Views of Cotswolds hills and valleys from Uley Bury hill top
Splendid views from Uley Bury hill top

You then continue walking around the third and last edge of the fort which offers further fantastic views of the Uley village and valley. From there, the walk leads you back down into the valley along a woodland path. The descent is very steep, uncomfortably so. With damp leaves and mud blanketing the path, the trail is treacherous. When you reach the edge of the woods, you then cross a second verdant field and find yourself back on the village lanes and streets of Uley. To view the walk itinerary, please visit theaa.com.

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The Coaley Peak to Selsley Common walk

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Great views of the Stroud valley while walking along the Cotswold Way in Selsley Common
The Cotswold Way across Selsley Common

The Bisley with Lypiatt walk

To discover the Cotswolds, one of the best walks is the Bisley with Lypiatt walk. Featuring enchanting valleys, bountiful hills, lush woods, quaint villages and remarkable views, this circular walk from Bisley offers a characteristic Cotswold escape. Escape to splendid scenery with the Bisley with Lypiatt walk guide by A Dragon’s Escape!

Uley & Uley Bury walk details

Location: Uley, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

Difficulty: Intermediate

Time: Approximately 1 ½ hours

Distance: 3 miles (4.8 km)

Ascent: Somewhat steep

Itinerary: Uley and its magnificent fort on the hill

Trail condition: Good, but the trail can get muddy and treacherous in wet weather.

Accessibility: Not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs or bikes.

Parking: Streets of Uley

Facilities: Toilets, shops and pubs in Uley

Notes: Please be mindful of livestock and keep your dogs on a lead.

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Reference: AA

Featured image: Views of Uley village

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