Eastleach: A Village With A Clapper Bridge (2023)


A picturesque village of houses in the Cotswolds (a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty since 1966), Eastleach offers spectacular views of the River Leach.

There are two churches to explore here. The St Michael and St Martin’s Church is accessible via a small path next to the River Leach and nearest to a unique clapper bridge. The nave and south door date back to the 12th century while its font dates from the 15th century and there’s a Norman carving over the south door.

A clapper bridge is a type of bridge found in the Cotswolds that dates back to medieval times. These bridges were made of wood and stones, and were used to cross shallow rivers or streams.

A short distance away is St Andrew’s Church, which was originally constructed during the 12th century and featuring an additional north aisle and tower added on during the 13th. With its limestone walls and stone slate roof, this church is home to historic bells, which were recast from Rudhall at Gloucester back in 1789; look out for the octagonal 15th-century font and 1678 parish chest.

Once you’ve had a good exploration of Eastleach and feel the need for some refreshment, head over to the Victoria Inn, the village inn (open Wednesday to Sunday), with seating inside and outside in a lovely beer garden. Food served here includes sourdough & butter, roasted squash, roasts served with duck fat roasted potatoes, and sticky toffee pudding.

For accommodation, Dancers Cottage with six bedrooms is nearby, and down the road in Southrop is Thyme Estate and Culls Cottage. We didn’t see a village shop in Eastleach.

Eastleach is surrounded by a beautiful patchwork of fields and has a serene environment perfect for a country getaway. Whether you’re looking to explore the Cotswolds or just relax, Eastleach is an ideal base for country walks, a picnic next to the River Leach or simply enjoying the views.

Heathrow Airport to Eastleach takes approximately 90 minutes by car.

If you want to explore other villages and towns in the Cotswolds, read our mini-guides of Compton AbdaleBagendonAmpney CrucisAvening and Daglingworth or browse our home page at www.travelcotswolds.com.

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