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Barrow Wake Viewpoint

Barrow Wake Viewpoint, Gloucestershire

It would be easy to only ever put sunny, summer images of the Cotswolds on view and pretend that winter here doesn't exisit. But it does. Which means that sometimes the grass looks parched, especially after a thick blanket of snow, the trees bare and the views, quite stark. The views continue, though, to look no less beautiful for being stripped bare.

This is Barrow Wake Viewpoint (page 239-40), on the top of the main Cotswold ridge between Crickley Hill and Cooper's Hill - or to add some towns, between Cheltenham and Stroud. It's a windy (picnic) spot on a chilly winter or early spring day but the views are magnificent and offer good vantage points of the Cotswolds' famous oolitic limestone on the cliffs below neighbouring Crickley Hill. There are also impressive views of The Malvern Hills and, swinging south, towards the famous cheeserolling location of Cooper's Hill. The Cotswold Way passes Barrow Wake Viewpoint.

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