The Cotswold Water Park Pub Walk

From the Gateway Cafe to the Red Lion in Cricklade

Starting within the Cotswold Water Park. This four-stop pub walk is reasonably easy walking. Taking in a section of the Thames Path finishing in Cricklade at the award-winning Red Lion, an exceptional pub with its own Micro Brewery.

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At Glance
EASY FLAT WALKING ON WELL MARKED PATHS CLASSES THIS ROUTE AS ‘LIGHTWEIGHT’ BUT AT 14 MILES LONG YOU’LL NEED TO KEEP A GOOD PACE TO COMPLETE WITHIN THE TARGETED 6 HOURS 

Distance

14 miles

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Time [approx]

6 Hours

Pub Count

4

CBA Grade

Lightweight

Total Ascent

250 ft

Start Point

The Gateway Cafe

Highlights
The Itinerary

In winter it’s possible to start this walk early to ensure you finish in daylight. Starting at the popular Gateway cafe a few miles south of Cirencester you will find a great choice for breakfast. The pubs you will visit on the walk range from the exceptional to the ‘no so’ exceptional but in the spirit of all Beer Adventures, it’s about the conviviality of the day!

10:00 - 10:30: GATEWAY CAFE - South Cerney

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gateway Cafe is Situated at the ‘Gateway’ of the Cotswold Water Park, it’s a great venue for starting your pub walk.  Enjoy a substantial ‘Big Breakfast’ or beautifully cooked butty with wholemeal buttered bread washed down with a proper coffee.

The Gateway Cafe - Breakfast Menu

12:30 - 13:00: THE MASONS ARMS - Meysey Hampton

Masons Arms - Interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Masons Arms sits on the village green in the center of Meysey Hampton.  Recently taken over the pub has been smartened up into a very appealing stop where you will receive a warm welcome.

 

The Masons Arms has been named as the country’s NEW PUB OF THE YEAR by The Good Pub Guide 2019!

14:30 - 15:00 THE OLD SPOTTED COW - Marston Meysey

The Spotted Cow  

The Old Spotted Cow is a traditional Cotswold-stone pub on the outskirts of the pretty village of Marston Meysey, The pub has been under the same ownership for the last 10 years and they clearly know what they are doing. The pub offers excellent real ales and freshly-cooked good British food.

15:30 - 16:00: THE RED LION - Castle Eaton

The Red Lion - Castle Eaton

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first of two Red Lions on this pub walk! An acceptable pub for a quick stop off before heading onto the Thames path and striking for home

17:30 THE RED LION - Cricklade

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Red Lion Inn is situated in the center of historic Cricklade. The pub dates back to the early 1600s and has a real British pub atmosphere. The Pub offers an amazingly diverse and interesting range of beers including some made in their own onsite microbrewery The Hop Kettle Brewery.

For food you can eat in the bar and choose from pub classic such as Hop Kettle beer battered haddock, triple cooked chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce or eat in the restaurant for something a little more elegant like Confit Kelmscott pork belly, black pudding scotched quails egg, cep potato, buttered baby vegetables, chicken and thyme sauce – delicious!

Any pub that gives beer and food matching notes on the menu has to be serious about its commitment to beer. This is a classic finishing pub for a beer adventure

Red Lion Menu - May 2019

The Logistics:

GETTING HERE
The closest train station to the start of the walk is Kemble only 10 minutes taxi ride from the Gateway Center. Swindon is 20 minutes away.

TRANSPORT
Local taxis from Kemble need booking in advance. We recommend P & A Travel
Email info@pandatravelcirencester.co.uk
Phone 01285 657 983
Mobile 07946 006 847

ORGANISED BEER ADVENTURE:
If you’re in a large party, organising a stag or corporate event or simply want local insight we can help to ensure you have a fantastic weekend or day out in the Cotswolds – Let us help you create your own true Cotswold Beer Adventure. please contact us with your enquiry.

STAYING:
This is a selection of accommodation in the area. They are convenient for this particular pub walk and we like them! Those listed provided a range to suit most pockets but if you don’t find what you’re looking for follow the link to browse find the best value accommodation in this area

Cirencester is 10 minutes from The Gateway Cafe start point and has a number of good hotels

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NAVIGATE WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE

You can navigate our pub walks using the .gpx files provided. They can be viewed on most smartphones using an appropriate ‘app’. We use OS Maps, It’s accurate, easy to use and available for both Apple and Android devices

Download the pub walk .gpx file of the route by clicking on the link from your smartphone. If you have OS maps installed just follow the onscreen instructions (or import the route into your own app) and you’re ready to go!

PREFER PAPER MAPS?

Prefer to keep things old school? Then Ordinance Surveys paper maps would be our first choice. The following maps cover the Cotswold area:

 

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