The Thames 6 – Pub WalkFrom Ye Olde Swan at Radcot to The Five Alls at Filkins
Although not strictly within the boundaries of the Cotswold AONB this Pub walk captures the complete ethos of a Cotswold Beer adventure. Honey-coloured stone villages, rolling countryside and some of the best pubs West Oxfordshire has to offer
Starting at Ye Old Swan the walk takes you west along the Thames footpath and into the charming market town of Lechlade. As you leave the Thames Valley you head across rolling countryside to discover a number of award winning pubs finishing at the good food guide recognised Five All’s
The Ye Olde Swan at Radcot
Please note the timings below for the pub walk from Ye Olde Swan at Radcot to The Five Alls at Filkins are suggestions only, times will vary depending on your walking, eating and drinking speed
When the CBA team last did this route we got so ensconced at the Swan enjoying their excellent scotch eggs our timing went to pot. Luckily we always carry torches in case of such eventualities. We arrived, in the dark, an hour late for dinner but luckily the Five All’s held our table!
Ye Old Swan - Radcot [09:00 - 09:30]
What a cracking spot to start the Filkins Five Beer Adventure. Ye Olde Swan is situated in a stunning location on the River Thames at Radcot Bridge. Phone ahead to book in for breakfast. They are not generally open for breakfast but they have a small camp/glamping site alongside the pub who they cater for. When we called ahead they were extremely obliging and knocked us up a very tasty bacon butty.
Turn right outside the pub and pick up the Thames path heading west
The Trout Inn - Lechlade [11:30 - 12:00]
After a pleasant amble along the Thames for a couple of hours, you’ll arrive at the Trout Inn. The pub was built to house the workmen who replaced the old wooden bridge by a stone one in 1220. A traditional unfussy pub serving well-kept beer.
The New Inn Hotel - Lechlade [12:15 - 13:00]
Continue along the Thames path for a further 15 mins into Letchlade. A small pretty market town, Letchlade sits on the edge of the Cotswolds with good road links from all directions and within easy reach of all the Cotswold villages and countryside. It’s a good base to stay if planning to spend a weekend in the area.
With a thriving market square, dominated by the 15th century parish church, the town has busy cafes and pubs, here you have a choice. We chose The seventeenth century coaching inn, The New Inn but you could also try The Swan Inn, The Riverside or the Crown Inn. Just make sure you don’t get ‘distracted’, you’ve still got another 7 miles to go!
The Swan - Southrop - [14:30 - 15:30]
After a continuous climb, you’ll arrive at the village of Box on the edge of Minchinhampton Common. Continue West across the common where you’ll see The Old Lodge Inn in the distance. Part of the Cotswold Food Club Group this Inn offers fantastic views across the common. You may find yourself rubbing shoulders with other walkers and golfers playing the course that lies across the common. Set off on the path that heads west behind the pub.
The Victoria Inn - Eastleach - [16:00 - 16:30]
A stone’s throw away from the Black Horse is the Amberley Inn Hotel with more stunning views across the Cotswolds countryside and onto the Severn Valley. The Inn was built in 1855 and retains a certain charm with original oak panelling, mullioned stone windows and a log fire in the public bar. It’s a pleasant place to enjoy a choice of real ale all brewed locally.
The Five Alls - Filkins [17:30]
Just on the West side of the common, you’ll find the Black Horse a 400-year-old country pub perched on the edge of Minchinhampton Common. This pub, in the opinion of Cotswold Beer Adventures, has one of the most stunning views in the Cotswolds. Kick off your boots and enjoy a pint of something local and enjoy the view.
The closest train station to the start of the Trouble House to The Stroud Brewery is Kemble, only 10 minutes taxi ride from the Trouble House. Stroud Station is approximately 20 minutes away.
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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 have a look at the map below to find the best deals on accommodation in the area in the area.
- The Yew Tree Bed & Breakfast
- The Amberley Inn
- The Old Lodge
- The Ragged Cot
- The Bear at Rodborough
- Burleigh Court Hotel
Stroud is 5 minutes from The Stroud Brewery finish point and has a number of good accommodation options
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