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

Centurion Masks - Family Drop-in
25th July 2016 - Corinium Museum
Make part of a Roman soldier's uniform with this Centurion mask to take home.
Children's Workshop - Mini Mosaics
26th July 2016 - Corinium Museum
Learn the Roman art of mosaic making by creating your own mosaic tile to take home. All materials and instruction provided.
Become an Archaeologist
26th July 2016 - Corinium Museum
Have a go at handling real Roman artefacts from our collections, drawing and trying to identify them.
Family Drop-in - Roman Standards
27th July 2016 - Corinium Museum
Join us to make a Roman Standard which you can carry on your journey through Cirencester like a real Roman soldier.
Robin Hood at Batsford Arboretum
27th July 2016 - Batsford Arboretum
Jenny Wren Productions present: Robin Hood "Beware outlaws! They are a plaque, and a pestilence, and a blight"...none more so than Robin Hood: He's bold, he's brave, he's keen (and he's rather smug). Jenny Wren and her Merry Men take on the infamous Sherriff of Nottingham in this new adaptation of Robin Hood.
Family Drop-in - Roman Shields
28th July 2016 - Corinium Museum
Decorate a Roman shield with thunderbolts and eagle wings ready to go into battle and take it home.

Upcoming Walks

29 July 2016 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5.8 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Gloucester or Shurdington
  • Starting Point 12 Bells ( Premier Inn) car park Little Witcombe.

A walk with wonderful views from the edge of Witcombe Woods plus the birdlife on the reservoirs and the Roman Villa. A fair climb but on good tracks and worth it for the view.

31 July 2016 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 4.5 hours
  • Distance 8 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Wellow, south of Bath
  • Starting Point Wellow free Old Station Car Park

The Ups and downs! Up from Wellow, Down to Combe Hay, On to a disused railway line, then along to Midford, up onto the viaduct and return along the Somerset and Dorset line to Wellow. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs but fine for families.

02 August 2016 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village On the A361 between Burford and Chipping Norton
  • Starting Point New Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton under Wychwood

This walk passes through two Wychwood villages and we discover the charm of these well kept places as well as revealing some of their amazing history. Pub lunch available at end of walk or picnic on village green.

02 August 2016 - 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.

03 August 2016 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Distance 4 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Three miles north of Lechlade
  • Starting Point Near the Victoria Pub, Eastleach Turville.

An easy walk around Eastleach and on to Southrop down the Leach valley. Includes watermeadows and a church visit to see a finely carved Norman Font. Several stiles. The font in the Norman Church at Southrop was described by Pevsner as "One of the greatest treasures of the Cotswold churches"

06 August 2016 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 7 hours
  • Distance 12 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Duntisbourne Abbots
  • Starting Point On road to Five Mile House. East of A417 at Duntisbourne Abbots turning

A long walk through the land of the Dobunni, along quiet valleys and by ancient villages to Cirencester. Calling at Bagendon, Baunton, Cirencester, Daglingworth and the Duntisbournes. Pub or picnic lunch

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