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A Visitors Guide
The Cotswolds, The Most Beautiful Place In England

The Thames Path, Ewen and Somerford Keynes

Leave the car park at Neigh Bridge and return to the road. Take the Thames Path National Trail on the left signed for Ewen 2 miles away.

Follow the path between the river and the lake to reach a footbridge over the river.

Cross this bridge and now with the river on the left continue to follow the Thames Path ignoring any footpaths that join the national trail.

Eventually you will come to a field with a dis-used wind pump. Continue along the edge of the field to pass a footbridge to reach a stile. This leads into the yard of Upper Mill Farm.Cross this stile and immediately ahead take the footbridge across the millrace. DON'T GO INTO THE GARDEN OF THE FARM.

Now you will be following the left bank of the river as it winds its way through the meadows,notice that the river is narrowing as it heads to the source at Kemble about 4 miles or so away. You will eventually come to the lane at Ewen. Continue to the junction where you will now leave the Thames Path.

Turn right and follow the lane towards Somerford Keynes. After a short distance you will reach "The Wild Duck at Ewen".

Ignore all turnings and continue out of Ewen and past the painted house on the right. A short distance after the house there is a track which is unmarked. Turn right and follow this track and after about ¾ miles you will come to a lane.

Continue ahead and take the footpath on the right signposted Somerford Keynes. Follow the right hand field edge to reach another stile and a lane.

Cross the lane and climb another stile to follow a clearly define path down across the field. Continue ahead past the junction of signposted paths and over another stile.

Bear left and take a diagonal path to a stile against the wall in the far corner. Cross this field to the right hand corner, through a gate to the lane. Turn right and visit the parish church of All Saints. Return to this point and turn right at the junction to pass the "Bakers Arms". Continue through the village to reach the car park at Neigh Bridge.

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