Tyndale Monument and Walk

Tyndale Monument at North Nibley

You’ve probably all seen the Tyndale Monument at North Nibley at some point if you’ve driven along the M5 as it passes through Gloucestershire as it’s a very distinctive tower on the top of a hill.

When I was describing it to somebody once they said Oh, you mean the rocket!

The tower is 111ft high and if you have the energy and don’t mind a steep confined spiral staircase you can climb the 120 or so steps to the top. The tower used to be locked many years ago (unless you asked for the key) but is now open to the public all year round.

Sun setting behind the Tyndale Monument

The tower was built built in the honor of William Tyndale who translated the New Testament as he was born nearby.

The views from the hill top are pretty spectacular, those from the top of the tower are even better.

Car Parking

If arriving by car there’s parking spaces on the main road beside the church. There’s also space for a couple of cars by the track that leads up to the monument.

To get to the tower requires a hike up a fairly long track (wear wellies if it’s wet) and when you get to the top, the tower is to your right. There used to be a very steep shortcut up the side of the hillside but it was closed after a landslide.

Tyndale Monument at North Nibley

Once on the hilltop there is a circular walk around the woods, and like most woodlands the best time to go is in the autumn.

Just follow the edge of the hill from the tower to get to them. The track splits a couple of times but I keep to the right until it opens out into a clearing then take a left. This again splits near some wooden dens at which point take a right and you will end up back on the track you entered by.

You can’t see the tower from from the woods so you can’t use it as a marker should you get a bit lost.

Den in the woods or something more sinister..

If you’re on the right track there will be a long wide trench to your right. Somewhere on this hill is an old Iron Age fort known as the Brackenbury Ditches. This might be the long trench in the woods that the walk goes around.

View from the woods
One of the many ‘dens’ in the woods