An easy walk by the river to discover a rare, complete Saxon chapel on the banks of the Severn.
Severn Way, Tewkesbury GL20 5TT 4 Miles 1.5 HoursEasy
Paths: Fields, pavements and riverbanks (11 stiles)
Landscape: Villages, river & hills
Dog Friendliness: Yes, dog are welcome throughout although keep on leads near livestock
Parking: Car park (small fee) outside Odda's Chapel
Public toilets: No public toilets on route
Standing with Odda's Chapel behind you, make a left, then a right and go through a gate, walk along a path till you reach the river bank and turn left to follow the Severn Way. Continue through a number of gates and stiles, following a path with the river on the right.
You will reach the Coalhouse Inn, set back a little on the left. Make a left just after the pub and follow the road. Once behind the pub turn right and go through a kissing gate on to an area of rough grass. Go right to a stile and over into a field. You’ll come to another stile. In the following field go uphill to find another stile at the top, beside a gate. Over the stile follow the right-hand margin of the field to another gate. Go through, and continue to the road in Apperley.
Turn left to walk through the village. Opposite the post office (which will be on your left) turn right down a road with houses on your left.
Just before the village hall turn left and walk across the playing fields to a stile. Cross and stay on the same line to arrive at another stile. Now follow the righthand margin of a field as it eventually curves right and brings you to a stile at a lane.
Go over to the lane and turn sharp right to a gate. Once in the field turn left to come swiftly to another stile. Cross this to enter another field and then walk down, crossing another stile and passing to the right of a house. Cross another stile (if there is one it may be a temporary measure) and go half left to a stile in the hedge, well before a farm in front of you. Go over to a road and turn right.
Continue until you come to a concrete block on your left. Go up this and walk along a ridge alongside a private garden. Cross a stile into a meadow and continue diagonally right heading for a stile and gate beside Odda's Chapel and the timbered building next to it. This will bring you to a gate by your starting point.
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