Stanton Drew is a sleepy little village famous for its impressive standing stones. The second largest stone circle in Britain, it is considered to be one of the largest Neolithic monuments to have been built. These ancient standing stones are swathed in local folklore and were built between 3000 and 2000 BC.
This lovely route led by Marcus starts at The Druid's Arms pub in Stanton Drew and heads south west to Knowle Hill. The scenery will take your breath away as you climb the short steep hill to gaze over Chew Valley Lake and the surrounding area. From here we'll head north east through woods and fields, up past the small village of Upper Stanton Drew towards Pensford and then follow the River Chew. The name 'Chew' is believed to originate in France, with the 'ew' part of the name most likely derived from the French word 'eau', meaning water. The energy of the River Chew has been harnessed throughout the centuries, powering many water mills along its 17 mile course and playing a major part in the Bristol brass industry.
We'll then head back into Stanton Drew to the Druids Arms, a welcoming local pub with linked flagstoned rooms, an open fire, great reviews and their own standing stones in the garden. Pub lunch is optional.
This is a moderate to challenging walk of just over 7 miles passing through beautiful rolling countryside and using public footpaths that cross farmland.
Duration: 3.5 hrs
Walk Level: Some steep climbs, possible muddy terrain, a few narrow roads.
You will need to have been previously trained by a Nordic walking instructor to join this walk.
Please note we need a minimum of 8 to run this walk.