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Footpath to Owlpen
Grid reference: ST791976
Location: 51°40’39"N, 2°18’11"W
Postcode: GL11
Local Government
Council: Stroud

Bencombe is a hamlet of nine mainly traditional stone cottages/houses in the parish of Uley and just south west of Owlpen on the edge of the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire. It is within the Cotswolds 'area of outstanding natural beauty'.

Bencombe is a tiny place, found in the valley at the head of the River Ewelme south-east of Uley, along the single road running up from the B4066 at Uley or from the other direction plunging down the escarpment that surrounds this enclosed valley.

About the village

From Bencombe you can see the historical Stouts Hill, Cam Peak, Downham Hill (Small Pox Hill), Uley Bury and the heart of Uley village including The Church of St Giles.

The Church of the Holy Cross in Owlpen is also visible.

There are a multitude of footpaths/bridleways around the valley, which is popular with hikers, horse riders and cyclists.

The road through Bencombe is regularly used by local cycling clubs for time trials due to the steepness of the hill which is often impassable during the winter snow and ice.

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