Charlton Kings Ford
Cheltenham is said to be the centre of the
Cotswolds, and like many towns today is made up of a number of what were smaller
villages and surrounding communities. Its probably best known for it's spa town
status and its fantastic Georgian buildings, however hidden in one of the smaller
communities, Charlton Kings, there is a Ford, where the road crosses the point
where a tributary, the Lilly Brook, joins the River Chelt.
|You can drive down the road, although the signs
at the top, where School Road joins Lyefield Road East, do not say there is a
Ford ahead, but does warn it is not suitable for vehicles accept for access. If
you decide to drive down to it you will then have to go through the Ford and
exit School Road at the end it joins London Road, on the busy A40. Your best
bet is to park in Lyefield Road East, there are no parking restrictions or
parking charges on this road and then to walk down to it. However it's
worth pointing out that if you decide to walk down School Road and
follow the road, which you can, it is down hill, not steep as the road
meanders it's way down to the ford position before rising up a steeply
inclined hill the other side of it. Another way to access it on foot is
to follow the signed footpath between some
houses at Lyefield Close. This is a more direct route and not as steep as the road, when you get
to the point you need to cross the river there is a footbridge across it.
The ford is very sheltered with trees
overhanging and houses on on both sides, so gets very little sun. From a
photographic perspective you will need to be aware of this. However if you make the effort to
go and take a look, there will be water in it and if you are there long enough
you may get a car or two go through it, but it is not a busy road and is really
only known by the local community.
Picture right is of footpath end where it
comes out into Lyefield Road East referred to above.
Location: The Ford, School Lane, Charlton
Kings, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Getting there: Approaching Cheltenham town
centre for the oxford side, come off the A40, London Road, at the traffic
lights of Ryeworth Road and Copt Elm Road. Turn into Copt Elm Road down to
the mini roundabout take left into Lyefield Road East and park up here.
Access: At the end of Lyefield Road East the
road goes right into School Road for vehicles, however the Ford is down the
road on the left.
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