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Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire

Stinchcombe is a small village in Gloucestershire, on the B4060 road between Dursley and North Nibley. The church is called St Cyr's and is home to around 40 - 60 gravestones.

It gives its name to the nearby Stinchcombe Hill, a nearly detached part of the Cotswold Edge. The Hill has a large golf course on the top, and has a public right of way round its edge which is part of the Cotswold Way. (The exact line of the right of way and its interaction with the golf greens has been the subject of some controversy over the years). The view from Drakestone Point (219m at ) over the Vale to the River Severn, and Forest of Dean beyond, is particularly fine, but the tranquility is adversely affected by the proximity of the M5 Motorway. The Hill has had a great deal of work carried out by volunteers (SHV, led by John Smallwood), since 1992. They have attempted to restore the open views over the Severn Vale. The cleared areas can be seen from the M5. The Cotswold Way has now been re-routed around the Hill to take advantage of this work.

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