A group of 16 Ramblers and 3 guests met at Chavenage Green for a walk in the Beverston area to the north-west of Tetbury. It was a bright and sunny morning. We set off in a north-westerly direction to enter the grounds of Chavenage House. Originally a medieval house the estate was granted to Thomas Seymour, brother of Jane Seymour, by Henry VIII. Seymour was executed for treason in 1549 and the medieval house was eventually purchased by Edward Stephens who transformed it into a grand Elizabethan manor. It is a beautiful house with lovely well-kept grounds and a fascinating history.
From Chavenage we headed south across fields to Beverston, where we paused briefly to admire the castle grounds and ruins. Beverston was originally a fortified medieval house, built in the early 13th century by Maurice De Gaunt. In 1229, Henry III allowed Maurice De Gaunt to crenelate the castle, which was further modified in the 14th century by Thomas, Lord Berkeley. During the English Civil War, in 1644, the castle was twice besieged by the parliamentarians,who used Chavenage House as a base during the sieges.
From Beverston we walked in a northerly direction through farmland planted to wheat, beans and peas or for grazing until we reached Ledgemore bottom.There we turn east, skirting Ledgemore wood to reach Longmore bottom where we turned south through Longmore wood to return to our starting point.
We gather in front of Chavenage House
The back of Chavenage House
The gardens at Beverston Castle
Walking through Longtree Bottom