Dursley Town Centre
To Breakheart Quarry
Up through the woods behind Dursley lies a fabulous community quarry
Breakheart Quarry is managed and run by Breakheart Community Project a registered charity. The Breakheart Site is a wonderful area for active play, suitable for a range of leisure and recreational activities, as well as education and training in outdoor skills.
Details and start point
Distance: 3 miles
Distance: 4.8 km
Walking time: 1.5 hours
Grid Reference: ST756981
What 3 Words: natural.trump.respect
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Step by Step Directions
1From Dursley Market Hall, go along pedestrianised Parsonage Street and turn left up May Lane past the library. Opposite the bus station go left at a barrier by a green metal Cotswold Way post, continue between walls and turn R in a gap in the wire fence, between trees. Go ahead up the worn or mown grass to black metal posts leading to a road; follow this as it twists right and left. At the junction opposite Weavers Close go right steeply up into woods. Bear up left and continue to climb, avoiding all paths on the right. Remain on this track and at an obvious clearing with fewer, larger trees on more level ground, the path curves to the right following the hillside.
2At a path crossroads, metal posts and chain, go ahead to a green vehicle barrier and turn left onto the road. Beware of traffic for the next stretch. Pass a turning to the right signed Waterley Bottoms and after about 100 metres find a stile at the top of a bank. This is Breakheart Quarry. Go briefly ahead to an information board and follow the waymarked public footpath round to the right, then following the quarry perimeter. Just after the Visitors’ Centre on the right and other buildings on the left, bear slightly right at a wayposted junction past another information board on the right to a stile. Keep ahead alongside the fence of a small reservoir, over another stile into an open space with excellent views over Waterley Bottom. This route is not marked on maps as a public right of way but is used with the landowner’s permission. Head to a gate and stepless stile in the far left corner, go left along the stoney track to a road, and cross with care.
3Until this point you were following the Lantern Way. At this point it turns right but to return directly to Dursley, go straight ahead. Dropping down the contours and ignoring side tracks return you to Dursley Town Centre.
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