Cotswolds

The Tyndale Monument, near Wotton-under-Edge

If you’ve ever driven down the M5 to the West Country, you may have already spotted the Tyndale Monument. Sitting between junctions 13 and 14, the distinctive 111ft high monument perches aloft the Cotswold Hills and offers breathtaking views across the Severn Vale to those who climb to the top.

Tyndale Monument was built in 1866 to honour William Tyndale who was born nearby. Tyndale’s most notable achievement was being the first person to translate the New Testament into English, which became the first ever printed Bible written in the English language. Previously written in Latin, it was only available to read by the educated classes and Tyndale felt it should be open to all.  

Unfortunately for Tyndale, his beliefs opposed the views of King Henry VIII. He escaped to Europe and any printed versions that subsequently found their way to England were destroyed. After translating the Old Testament, he was convicted of heresy and burned at the stake in 1536. But in a twist of fate, the King gave his blessing for the Bible to be published in England the following year. It is said that today’s version is still mostly based on Tyndale’s original work - he was named as one of a 100 greatest Britons in a BBC poll.

If you are approaching North Nibley via Wotton-under-Edge, the entrance to the monument is on your right before you get to the main village, with a lay-by on the left for parking.

The Cotswold Way national trail runs along the bottom of the Tyndale Monument. The walk up Nibley Knoll – also known as Nibley Knob – is fairly steep but well worth the effort. Climb all 121 steps of the spiral staircase up to the top of the tower for incredible views. A topograph, sitting nearby, lists some of the visible landmarks.

If you are looking for some refreshment after your walk, drop into the Black Horse Inn in North Nibley. Alternatively, head to the nearby market town of Wotton-under-Edge, where you will find a lovely mix of independent shops and cafes.

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