Wickwar to Iron Acton
Highlights - Wickwar to Iron Acton
If you stopped off in Wickwar on the high street, then go north into Station road and immediately right onto Chase Lane.
Bear right at the fork with Mounteney’s Lane, staying on Chase Lane. The landscape opens up as you cross Inglestone common. Take a right onto Kings lane – the Horton Road (signposted as 2.5 miles to Horton). After a short ride through the trees, the land opens up again as you cross Hawksbury Common. You may have to navigate through a herd a cows here and there – it is commons land after all.
Assley, Hareley, Hawkesbury and Inglestone Commons are ancient landscape features which have survived unchanged for a millennium. They have a typical settlement pattern with small groups of cottages and farms around the edges. They are managed traditionally, farmed by local farmers who have grazing rights.
A cattle grid marks the southern end of the commons. Continue for two and a half miles across country past an occasional farm until reaching Horton.
Take a right onto Horton Road (Horton Hill is on your left) and right again onto Mapleridge Lane.
Across the B4060 Wickwar Rd onto Bury Hill Lane, right onto Tanhouse Lane and left onto Engine Common Lane. Turn right at Broad lane, go across the intersection with North Road into Lodge Road, marked as a dead end. Go to the end, through the bollards and find the cyclepath, cross over Yate Road and continue on the cyclepath and over Yate Road again into Bridge Road. Yate Road seems to twist around all over the place. Bridge Road turns into Hope Road and then straight away you hit Nibley Lane. Take a right and continue through the attractive countryside until Iron Acton. Take a left at High Street and continue to the end. The White hart Inn is to your right