Leave the Red Lion and cross over the road behind the car park. Look to your left and you will find a well-signed footpath taking you around a small field to the busy A44 road. Cross straight over and join an unclassified road to Chastleton.
After a quarter of a mile, turn left into a field on a footpath which eventually takes you over three field to emerge alongside Chastleon Church and its magnificent Manor House. It was built for a local wood merchant, Walter Jones and is now owned and maintained by The National Trust.
Turn left at the church and follow the road uphill for a quarter of a mile. When the road sweeps right and then left, leave it and go in to Peasewell Wood. The way divides. Turn right onto the bridleway which can get very muddy. Continue straight ahead, ignoring turnings to your left, for some distance, to drop down to Horn Farm. Join a metalled road taking you into Evenlode.
At the road junction turn left. Unfortunately, there is no alternative now but to use roads for the next one and a half miles. Follow the minor roads, which take you left out of Evenlode and then right towards Broadwell. The road leads you straight into the heart of the village. At the end of Chapel Street turn right for the village green and your next stop, The Fox Inn.
The Fox is traditionally built in Cotswold stone, facing the spacious green – a popular venue for picnickers and touring groups of Morris Men. Come in and discover our real ‘village atmosphere’. We don’t mind muddy boots and promise a warm welcome.
Image and text source: The Donnington Way by Colin Handy, 2012.