This short walk with ascents and descents explores Stowe Woods and Stibb Woods. You can visit Stowe Barton Farmhouse and Coombe village on your way.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Park your car close to Coombe village (you can find a small lay-by past the curve leading to Stowe Barton.
(D/A) From the lay-by, head to crossroads with Duckpool Bay until you reach a small gate on the left with "Stowe Barton and King William Wood" signpost.
(1) Ascend the steep path and go through a kissing-gate. Then you go through two other gates (entry field) until you reach the road. Bear right heading to Stowe Barton Farmhouse (National Trust). Go past the building and turn left to the track which leads a large wooden gate.
(2) Past the gate, follow this track which leads to another large gate and a directional signpost. Go straight ahead following Stowe Wood (yellow arrow) and go through the gate close to the white house. Descend the grassy track across the open meadow until you reach a kissing-gate in woods. Continue down the path (). This path joins a curving one. Bear right a few metres and immediately right again leaving the main path which bends left.
Notice: many paths in these woods, it's not so easy to find your way! Follow the description carefully
(3) At the next fork, bear right, then keep left at the junction and go up the steep ascent on your right until you reach a barrier (forbidden for cycles and horses) and "Stibb Wood National Trust" signpost. Follow the two yellow arrows and go straight ignoring a path on your right. At the next junction, follow the path which bends left along the hedge until you reach a gate with another "Stibb Wood National Trust" signpost.
(4) Before this gate, turn left going slightly down the path. . At the end of the slope, bear left at a right angle following the flat path until you join a large gravel path. Turn sharply right and cross the large bridge after 150 metres.
(5) Past the bridge, turn left at the T-junction and follow the flat path for one kilometre which leads to Coombe village. Go straight ahead on the road admiring beautiful thatched houses, cross the footbridge and go up to crossroads. Turn left, ignore the road to Duckpool Bay on your right and follow the roads which bends left until you join the lay-by and your car.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 34m - Lay-by close to Coombe village
1 : km 0.13 - alt. 33m - Steep path
2 : km 0.87 - alt. 113m - Gate
3 : km 2.14 - alt. 104m - Fork
4 : km 2.33 - alt. 114m - Gate
5 : km 3.2 - alt. 53m - Gate
D/A : km 4.82 - alt. 34m - Lay-by close to Coombe village
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