Discover rolling hills, ancient woodlands, tranquil villages and bustling market towns and enjoy one of England's most treasured landscapes on foot, on horseback or by bike.
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Welcome to the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty includes some of the most beautiful countryside in England and is a wonderful place to visit and explore at any time of year. Visit the Cotswolds for a truly peaceful and relaxing holiday - get away from the crowds and explore the quieter tracks, hidden villages and secret corners.

Upcoming Events

Hazelton Longbarrow: Recent Research
30th March 2017 - Corinium Museum
This lecture explores the way in which recent scientific advances are helping to shed new light on museum collections.
The Cheltenham Wine Festival
1st April 2017 - The Pittville Pump Room - Cheltenham - GL52 3JE
Calling all Wine Lovers!
Garden Willow Structures Workshop - Beginners
2nd April 2017 - Cotswolds Discovery Centre, Northleach
Come along and enjoy making some beautiful and useful structures for your garden. Cost includes lunch, refreshments and all materials - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
4th April 2017 - Cheltenham Town Hall
Inspirational adventure films are coming to the Town Hall, Cheltenham, on Tuesday 4 April!
Explore the Museum's exceptional mosaic collection in this guided tour of mosaics on display around the galleries.
Explore the Museum's exceptional mosaic collection in this guided tour of mosaics on display around the galleries.

Upcoming Walks

31 March 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.75 hours
  • Distance 5.3 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Between Bishops Cleeve and Winchcombe
  • Starting Point Golf Club car park on Cleeve Common.Follow the golf club signs from the B4632.

A walk around the edge of Cleeve Common via Postlip Hall and Barn, Wontley, and the radio masts. Refreshments available at the Golf Clubhouse.

02 April 2017 - 10.30
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.5 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
  • Starting Point Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park

A walk from Dyrham Park (National Trust) through nearby farm land and along part of the Cotswold Way, passing historic points of interest along the way. No park admission fees for those participating in the walk. Not suitable for pushchairs

04 April 2017 - 18:00
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Distance 4 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village
  • Starting Point Hensington Road Free Car Park, Woodstock OX20 1JL

This short walk on public rights of way around the Blenheim Estate looks for traces of its historic past. From Henry ll and his mistress to Princess Elizabeth 1st, the Dukes of Marlborough and more Recently Sir Winston Churchill.

04 April 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Colerne, Between Bath & Chippenham overlooking the By-Brook valley.
  • Starting Point Fox & Hounds, Colerne

A walk around the various footpaths of Colerne Parish. Lunch available at the Fox and Hounds. Bring a mid morning munchie. Parking at the pub or adjacent Constitutional Club. Not suitable for Pushchairs.

07 April 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 5.0 hours
  • Distance 10 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Castle Combe, 5 miles West of Chippenham
  • Starting Point Castle Combe upper car park (Off B4039)

Starting in one of the most picturesque villages in the Southern Cotswolds then climbing gently to circle sites of Roman villas and settlements to the west. Not suitable for Pushchairs Bring a packed lunch. A later drink stop is planned at the Old House at Home, Burton.

07 April 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Eastcombe to east of Stroud
  • Starting Point The Lamb Inn, Eastcombe with permission from the landlord

Circular walk along the Toadsmoor Valley using lesser walked paths in woodland and farm land. Some potentially slippery short descents and a number of stiles. Walking poles recommended. Lunch available at the Lamb Inn on return Satnav GL6 7DN

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