Duntisbourne Leer Ford
Duntisbourne Leer, Gloucestershire
Duntisbourne Leer is one of a group of villages
and hamlets known locally as 'The Dunitsbournes'.
|The River Dunt runs through
the group and at various points where the road crosses the river there are
Fords. The most well known and photographed of these being this one at
Duntisbourne Leer, where the Dun Brook flows across the road. It appears in most tourist guides and travel books that cover
the Cotswolds and as soon as you see the picture it will be instantly
recognisable, having appeared on tins of biscuits and other products.
Duntisbourne Leer is in fact a hamlet, it's
local parish church being in the nearby village of Duntisbourne Abbots. As you
leave the A417 for 'The Duntisbournes' you come to a fork in the road, going off
right will take you to Duntisbourne Abbots, keep to the left fork you will
eventually start to go downhill and at the bottom will come to the Ford, with a
farm cottage ahead of you and a cottage to your right. You can drive through
this Ford. The roads in this area are single track so parking up can be a
problem, but as long as you only intend to take a picture and then move on,
pulling on the side where the houses park their cars in the evenings is
The Ford is shallow and clear and it almost
laps the doorsteps of the farm and cottages. The hamlet once belonged to the
Abbey of Lire in Normandy, France until 1416 when it was given to Cirencester
Abbey. It is probably the most photogenic ford with the ability to take a
picture without having visible signs of modern life, it usually has a couple of
ducks or geese paddling in it, and even in the summer when it's probably at it's
shallowest it gives a perfect Cotswold image, on sunny days even being able to
have reflections in it. It is beautiful.
life has got into this image as they forgot to take in their refuge bin.
There are other fords in this tiny area of the
Cotswolds, see our other guides for
Middle Duntisbourne Ford
Duntisbourne Wet Lane.
The sign at the road junction
of the Dunstisbourne Wet Lane
Location: The Ford, Duntisbourne Leer, nr
Getting there: From the A417 take the exit to
'The Duntisbournes' and follow the signs to Duntisbourne Leer, follow the
single track road which eventually starts to go downhill and the Ford is
ahead of you.
Access: Park up safely nearby and take your
Other Useful Websites:
Opening Times: All year
Middle Duntisbourne Ford,
Duntisbourne Wet Lane
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