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Cotswold Way
The COTSWOLD WAY is a 102-mile (164 km) long-distance footpath , running along the Cotswold Edge escarpment of the Cotswold Hills in England
England
. It was officially inaugurated as a National Trail
Trail
on 24 May 2007 and several new rights of way have been created. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Views * 3 Places of interest * 4 Other recreational use * 5 Route and points of interest * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links HISTORYThe Cotswold Way
Cotswold Way
route was first suggested some 50 years ago by Gloucestershire-area Ramblers , of which Tony Drake (d. 7 March 2012) of Cheltenham
Cheltenham
area and the late Cyril Trenfield of the South Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
area were principals
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Monmouthshire
MONMOUTHSHIRE (Welsh : Sir Fynwy) is a county in south east Wales
Wales
. The name derives from the historic county of Monmouthshire
Monmouthshire
of which it covers the eastern 60%. The largest town is Abergavenny
Abergavenny
. Other towns and large villages are Caldicot , Chepstow , Monmouth
Monmouth
, Magor and Usk
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Black Mountains, Wales
The BLACK MOUNTAINS (Welsh : Y Mynyddoedd Duon) are a group of hills spread across parts of Powys
Powys
and Monmouthshire
Monmouthshire
in southeast Wales
Wales
, and extending across the England– Wales
Wales
border into Herefordshire
Herefordshire
. They are the easternmost of the four ranges of hills that comprise the Brecon Beacons National Park , and are frequently confused with the westernmost, which is known as the Black Mountain . The Black Mountains may be roughly defined as those hills contained within a triangle defined by the towns of Abergavenny
Abergavenny
in the southeast, Hay-on-Wye
Hay-on-Wye
in the north and the village of Llangors in the west. Other 'gateway' towns to the Black Mountains include Talgarth
Talgarth
and Crickhowell
Crickhowell

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May Hill
MAY HILL is a hill between Gloucester
Gloucester
and Ross-on-Wye . Its summit is on the western edge of Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
, though its northern slopes are in Herefordshire
Herefordshire
. The hill is made distinctive by a clump of trees on its top. CONTENTS * 1 Toponymy * 2 Geography * 3 Geology * 4 Ecology and SSSI status * 5 History * 6 May Hill
May Hill
in cultural life * 7 References * 8 External links TOPONYMYThere is an unverified story that May Hill
May Hill
was named after a certain Captain May who used it as a landmark when navigating the Severn estuary, but documents from a couple of hundred years ago relate that the hill was known as Yartleton Hill and was renamed because of the May Day events held there
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Battle Of Lansdowne
Lord Hopton + Sir Bevil Grenville † STRENGTH 2,500 horse 1,500 foot unknown number of guns 2,000 horse 4,000 foot 300 dragoons 16 guns CASUALTIES AND LOSSES 20 killed 60 wounded 2-300 killed 6-700 wounded * v * t * e First English Civil War
English Civil War
* 1ST HULL * Portsmouth * POWICK BRIDGE * Kings Norton * EDGEHILL * Aylesbury * BRENTFORD * Chichester * TURNHAM GREEN * Braddock Down * Leeds * 1st Middlewich * H
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Forest Of Dean
The FOREST OF DEAN is a geographical, historical and cultural region in the western part of the county of Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
, England. It forms a roughly triangular plateau bounded by the River Wye
River Wye
to the west and north-west, Herefordshire
Herefordshire
to the north, the River Severn to the south, and the City of Gloucester
Gloucester
to the east. The area is characterised by more than 110 square kilometres (42.5 sq mi) of mixed woodland, one of the surviving ancient woodlands in England. A large area was reserved for royal hunting before 1066, and remained as the second largest crown forest in England, the largest being New Forest
New Forest

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Severn Crossing
SEVERN CROSSING is a term used to refer to the two motorway crossings over the River Severn
River Severn
estuary between England and Wales. The two crossings are: * The SEVERN BRIDGE (Welsh : Pont Hafren) * The SECOND SEVERN CROSSING (Welsh : Ail Groesfan Hafren)The first motorway suspension bridge was inaugurated on 8 September 1966, and the newer cable-stayed bridge , a few miles to the south, was inaugurated on 5 June 1996. The Second Severn Crossing
Second Severn Crossing
marks the upper limit of the Severn Estuary . From 1966 to 1996, the bridge carried the M4 motorway
M4 motorway

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Meanders
A MEANDER, in general, is a bend in a sinuous watercourse or river. A meander forms when moving water in a stream erodes the outer banks and widens its valley, and the inner part of the river has less energy and deposits silt. A stream of any volume may assume a meandering course, alternately eroding sediments from the outside of a bend and depositing them on the inside. The result is a snaking pattern as the stream meanders back and forth across its down-valley axis. When a meander gets cut off from the main stream, an oxbow lake forms. Over time meanders migrate downstream, sometimes in such a short time as to create civil engineering problems for local municipalities attempting to maintain stable roads and bridges. There is not yet full consistency or standardization of scientific terminology used to describe watercourses. A variety of symbols and schemes exist
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Sharpness
SHARPNESS (/ʃɑːrpˈnɛs/ sharp-NESS ) is an English port in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
, one of the most inland in Britain, and eighth largest in the South West. It is on the River Severn
River Severn
at grid reference SO669027, at a point where the tidal range, though less than at Avonmouth
Avonmouth
downstream (14 metres (46 ft) typical spring tide), is still large (10 metres (33 ft) typical spring). There is a small community of approximately 100 residents directly adjacent to the port, in addition to the subvillage of Newtown approximately 0.5 miles to the west. Four miles to the south lies the small town of Berkeley
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Malvern Hills
The MALVERN HILLS are a range of hills in the English counties of Worcestershire
Worcestershire
, Herefordshire
Herefordshire
and a small area of northern Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
, dominating the surrounding countryside and the towns and villages of the district of Malvern . The highest summit of the hills affords a panorama of the Severn valley with the hills of Herefordshire
Herefordshire
and the Welsh mountains, parts of thirteen counties, the Bristol Channel
Bristol Channel
, and the cathedrals of Worcester, Gloucester
Gloucester
and Hereford. They are known for their spring water – initially made famous by the region's many holy wells , and later through the development of the 19th-century spa town of Great Malvern
Great Malvern
, a process which culminated in the production of the modern bottled drinking water
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Gloucester Cathedral
Celia Thomson Nikki Arthy Andrew Braddock ARCHDEACON Jackie Searle LAITY DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Adrian Partington ORGANIST(S) Jonathan Hope CHAPTER CLERK Emily Shepherd (Chief Operating Officer)GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL, formally the CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST PETER AND THE HOLY AND INDIVISIBLE TRINITY, in Gloucester
Gloucester
, England
England
, stands in the north of the city near the River Severn
River Severn
. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter (dissolved by King Henry VIII )
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Chipping Sodbury
CHIPPING SODBURY is a market town in the unitary authority of South Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
, south-west England, founded in the 12th century by William Crassus (or le Gros) . The villages of Old Sodbury and Little Sodbury are nearby. At the 2001 census the population of Chipping Sodbury was 5,066, but in the last decade the town has become part of a much larger built-up area due to the rapid expansion of nearby Yate , with which it is contiguous to the west. At the census the combined population of Yate and Chipping Sodbury
Chipping Sodbury
was 26,855. Chipping Sodbury
Chipping Sodbury
is the principal settlement in the civil parish of SODBURY, which also includes the village of Old Sodbury. Little Sodbury is a separate civil parish. Sodbury parish council has elected to be known as Sodbury Town Council
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Painswick
PAINSWICK is a town and civil parish in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
, England. Originally the town grew on the wool trade, but it is now best known for its parish church's yew trees and the local Rococo
Rococo
Garden. The town is mainly constructed of locally quarried Cotswold stone
Cotswold stone
. Many of the buildings feature south-facing attic rooms once used as weavers\' workshops. Painswick
Painswick
stands on a hill in the Stroud
Stroud
district , overlooking one of the Five Valleys . Its narrow streets and traditional architecture make it the epitome of the English village
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Sudeley Castle
SUDELEY CASTLE is located in the Cotswolds near Winchcombe
Winchcombe
, Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire
, England. The present structure was built in the 15th century and may have been on the site of a 12th-century castle. The castle has a notable garden, which is designed and maintained to a very high standard. The chapel , St. Mary's Sudeley, is the burial place of Queen Catherine Parr
Catherine Parr
(1512–1548), the sixth wife of King Henry VIII , and contains her marble tomb . Unusually for a castle chapel , St Mary's of Sudeley is part of the local parish of the Church of England
Church of England
. Sudeley is also one of the few castles left in England that is still a residence. As a result, the castle is only open to visitors on specific dates, and private family quarters are closed to the public
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Ludlow
LUDLOW is a market town in Shropshire
Shropshire
, England, 28 miles (45 km) south of Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and 23 miles (37 km) north of Hereford
Hereford
via the main A49 road
A49 road
, which bypasses the town. With a population of approximately 11,000, Ludlow
Ludlow
is the largest town in south Shropshire
Shropshire
. The town is significant in the history of the Welsh Marches and neighbouring Wales
Wales
. The town is near the confluence of the rivers Corve and Teme . The oldest part is the medieval walled town , founded in the late 11th century after the Norman conquest of England
England

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Clee Hills
The CLEE HILLS are a range of hills in Shropshire
Shropshire
, England near Ludlow
Ludlow
, consisting of BROWN CLEE HILL 1,772 feet (540 m), the highest peak in Shropshire, and TITTERSTONE CLEE HILL 1,749 feet (533 m). They are both in the Shropshire
Shropshire
Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty . CONTENTS* 1 Geography * 1.1 The View * 2 The hills in popular culture * 3 Terminology * 4 External links GEOGRAPHYThe hills stretch over 15 miles and run north - south, and for about this distance the lowest point along the hills is just under 984 feet (300 m). Titterstone Clee Hill is around five miles south of Brown Clee Hill . The B4364 road from Ludlow
Ludlow
to Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
runs between the two hills, offering good views of both
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