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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Chipping Sodbury and Marshfield.

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Chipping Sodbury
Grid Ref ST7271782209
Lat / Lon 51.53812° / -2.39476°
Easting / Northing 372,717E / 182,209N
What3Words cattle.stops.petal
Grid Ref ST7804473710
Lat / Lon 51.46193° / -2.31743°
Easting / Northing 378,044E / 173,710N
What3Words menswear.blanks.gazed

Chimar One's land is

Arable 36.5%
Pasture 35.6%
Urban 27.9%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



05 Jul 2023 Summer

I've only walked part of this route (Chipping Sodbury - Hounds Rd Bus Stop via Tormarton to a point on the west bound road to Hinton), I didn't go all the way into Marshfield, instead I was following the Cotswold Way down to Cold Ashton. Bit of a dilemma as I'm walking the CW rather than the full slow ways route.
I enjoyed this walk (19/6/2023) on a hot day in good conditions.
I started from the Kennedy Way and over a narrow railway bridge (along Kingrove lane which breaks for a bit as you walk through the common), pleasant. Down onto Mill Lane (boring) towards Doddington and Coomb's End where you disappear through a little side gate (Left HS) to join the Cotswold Way and through the Doddington Estate lands (some works going on here June 2023). This bit is pretty but there is a steep clamber up through the manicured sheep fields to higher ground and closer to the A46, not good for wheels here but good views North West open up behind you. The ground levels off and you are now routed alongside more pleasant sheep fields, about half a mile and then you walk up steeply through woods to an old stone stile onto the busy A46 at, not an easy, place to cross (I had to do this x3 today). A46 at this point is a busy road and you are crossing at a partly blind corner, the Cotswold Way is not well routed here. That trauma out of the way it is across fields (chest high with crop for me) and a couple of stiles and into the tidy village of Tormarton. I had lunch overlooking a small pond, not much in the way of a shop, there might have been a toilet at Tormarton Public Hall (which I missed, but not sure). I had a decision here about how to get over the M4, walk across shorter fields and across at the M4/A46 interchange but I looked hard at this and realised that it was probably very dangerous for pedestrians to be near it so, I took the longer way south out of the village and over the M4 here. A fairly immeadiate right turn (Lapdown Lane, past Lapdown Farm) but now I had to correct with an uphill walk across open fields past a small group of houses. This bit was fine with views of the Cotswold plateau and M4 behind me. Not much cover here. The track runs into a hedge here where you turn left, south towards Marshfield. Warnings were posted by the police here about following the Cotswold Way right to cross the A46 via Beacon Lane (serious incident involving pedestrians). I followed left but came off the Slow Ways route then to carry on down the Cotswold Way to Dyrham and Cold Ashton. The route to Marshfield carried on south, up a small hill on open ground. I went to he pub here (Crown Inn on the A46 crossing) for a break from the sun. At this point I had been walking about 2h 55m with a 15m break in Tormarton.
A lot of the section I covered is Cotswold Way so it is well marked and a clear walking route. It is moderately challenging and probably too difficult for wheels in places after Doddington. I enjoyed it for the views, peace & quiet and the climbs that were not too vicious but, crossing the A46 does have to be taken seriously as this is not a good crossing point with heavy fast traffic and not much of a view.
I would recommend the route if you have some fitness (most ages). There's not much in the way of shops, toilets or public transport if you want an early bail out (Bristol Y1 bus to Chipping Sodbury, Marshfield to Bristol #35 at Marshfield or Cold Ashton). Enjoyed it though, had problems with cows later.

  • David


    05 Jul 2023

    Photos - Ascending through Doddington Park grounds (L) , Chipping Sodbury Common to Mill La. (C), Climbing up through open fields after the M4 towards Hinton Rd and the Crown Inn (R)

  • Mockymock


    05 Jul 2023

    It would be really helpful if you could edit this review a little to clarify it. Some of the information in it doesn't actually relate to the Slow Way but instead to the Cotswold Way after you turned off the Slow Way, so it gets rather confusing, especially as you have flagged the Slow Way for safety.
    It would be particularly useful to know exactly which part of the Slow Way you flagged. Unfortunately the website doesn't show the specific reasons we write in the box during the reviewing process, but I assume you refer to the single crossing that the route makes of the A46 on the Cotswold Way to the north of the M4 between Tormarton and the Dodington Estate? I ask because you mention that you crossed the A46 three times during your own walk and later on talk about the M4/A46 junction and a diversion on the Cotswold Way to avoid another A46 crossing further south which is now considered too dangerous for pedestrians, but neither of these places is on the route of the Slow Way, so it all muddies the waters rather! Also the Crown Inn, where you stopped, isn't on the Slow Way, but half a mile off it to the west on the Cotswold Way, although it is good to know it is a nearby option, given that the one in Tormarton is still closed.

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05 Nov 2021 Autumn

First thing to say is that this slow way is exactly the same route as Yatmar one (Yate to Marshfield) minus a short section between central Chipping Sodbury and Yate bus station, so I am writing pretty the same review for both routes.

This is good well-signed way, easily navigable, in a frequently-walked area of the Cotswold hills and on the plain of the River Frome.

Between Marshfield and Tormarton it crosses a largely treeless and intensively-farmed plateau through big, flat or rolling arable fields and pastures surrounded by stone walls, passing through the pretty old village of West Littleton. There is a pub in Tormarton, and from there the route continues on the Cotswold Way national trail across the busy, fast A46 and descends the Cotswold ridge through the manicured landscaped grounds of the Dodington Park estate to Old Sodbury, where there is another pub.

The remainder of the walk is on flat ground through fields, then around the outer edge of Chipping Sodbury’s housing estate sprawl and into the town, all in the company of the River Frome.

There are some big views from the plateau and ridge. Wind and weather can whip across this exposed area and you are very likely to hear skylarks singing in spring and summer. Not so much to see on the lower ground and a bit of a suburban walk around the edge of Chipping Sodbury but the walk finishes up in the town’s splendid old high street.

Access is the usual mixture of kissing gates, foot gates and wooden or stone stiles, and although there is a fair amount of cultivated ground, paths are usually on good headlands and tracks and any routes across open arable fields tend to re-form quickly after re-seeding. There is a moderate climb up the Cotswold ridge if walking from the west.

I like this area and have walked the plateau and ridge part of the route several times in the past. The route from there across to Chipping Sodbury along the river is efficient and pleasant. It makes a good slow way.

  • Cotswold Walker

    Cotswold Walker

    06 Jun 2022

    The pub in Tormarton is now closed. No news yet whether it will reopen in the future.

  • David


    05 Jul 2023

    Pub still closed June 23

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