Cirencester Ramblers

March 20th Coaley Peak Walk

On Sunday 19th March 19 Ramblers set forth from the spectacular viewpoint of Coaley Peak. On a fine day you will see the Severn Estuary lying out like a map below, with the Black Mountains of Wales in the distance. Berkeley Castle, where Edward 11 was murdered in 1327, should be visible. Unfortunately the weather was cloudy and windy as we join the Cotswold Way to reach the B4066 road. We turn right through Coaley Woods, a very steep descent, and then a similar length of steady climbing, but the views were worth the effort. We passed an old quarry on the left whose Oolitic limestone face towered above. Just before the path reaches the road the Cotswold Way goes sharp right along a track. Soon we bear right and follow the path around Uley Bury ramparts. The Uley Bury Iron Age Hill-Fort was constructed more than 2000 years ago, it covers thirty-two acres. A gold coin of the Dobunni people was found and is now in Gloucester museum, evidence of occupation by this ancient tribe before the Romans came.

The view is amazing before we descend following a steep path through woods to Uley Church. Refreshed after our coffee stop we leave Uley with its glorious show of daffodils. Near Crawley Hill we take the farm track, crossing a footbridge, keeping the stream on our left. We ascend steadily crossing a stone stile in the corner of the woods and go up to reach the road. Crossing the road by Cockadilly we followed the path across the fields through Nympsfield village, then back to Coaley Peak. A windswept, but enjoyable walk.

Descending from Coaley Peak

Path through Coaley Woods

Pausing by the stile

Uley Bury Fort

Black clouds gathering