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

Northleach Circle of Crafters
23rd September 2014 - The Old Prison, Northleach
An informal interest group set up to share skills in crafts using yarn, fabric and paper including knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, quilting, patchwork, applique, origami, quilling, iris and tea-bag folding. Bring along your own projects, or just come to watch and learn. For more info, contact Carolyn on 01451 860362. Group meets 4th Tuesday of each month. Cost = £5pp inc. refreshments.
The “History of Farming in Gloucestershire” - an illustrated talk
24th September 2014 - The Old Prison, Northleach
Led by John Putley, Learning & Outreach Officer at Gloucestershire Archives. Come and learn about the history of farming from Prehistory onwards. Cost = £5 pp inc. refreshments.
2014 sees the United Kingdom marking the outbreak of World War I, naturally all eyes fall towards the battlefields of the Western Front.
Help Save Our Magnificent Meadows
25th September 2014 - Sherborne Estate
A short talk introducing you to the Save Our Magnificent Meadows project at the Cotswolds Conservation Board's office base in Northleach, followed by scrub bashing in an area of the National Trust's Sherborne Estate not normally open to the public. We hope to be able to burn any scrub that is cut on a bonfire.
Spinning & Weaving Talk & Demonstrations for Adults
27th September 2014 - The Old Prison, Northleach
Led by local spinners/weavers, Amy Ford and Rebecca Connolly. Learn about the historic links in the Cotswolds between sheep farming, the wool trade and cloth production through practical demonstrations. Tickets : £6.50, including refreshments. Pre-bookable online.
Rural Cinema - Jersey Boys (2014)
27th September 2014 - 28th September 2014 - Corinium Museum
Clint Eastwood's big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey

Upcoming Walks

25 September 2014 - 10.00
Details
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 1.5 hours
  • Distance 1.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village
  • Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall

Join the Cotswold Wardens for a guided walk along Chipping Campden's "most beautiful village street now left in the island." Hear how the ancient town has developed, the importance of wool through to the influence brought by The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.

26 September 2014 - 10.00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 6 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Stroud
  • Starting Point Stroud Leisure Centre car park. Park at the top.

A moderate walk around the Painswick Valley with some steep ascents. Refreshments available at the Leisure Centre or in Stroud and Painswick.

27 September 2014 - 10.30
Details
  • 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 farmland and along part of the Cotswold way, passing historic points of interest along the way. No park admission fees to those participating in the walk. Not suitable for pushchairs.

28 September 2014 - 10.00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Distance 8 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Marshfield, on the A420
  • Starting Point Lay-By off the A420 West of Marshfield.

A circular walk down the valley to St Catherine's Court and Motcombe Wood. Please bring a picnic lunch. Some steep hills! Not suitable for pushchairs.

30 September 2014 - 2.30
Details
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 1.5 hours
  • Distance 1.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village
  • Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall

Join the Cotswold Wardens for a guided walk along Chipping Campden's "most beautiful village street now left in the island." Hear how the ancient town has developed, the importance of wool through to the influence brought by The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.

30 September 2014 - 10.00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 to 6 hours
  • Distance 4 to 9 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
  • Starting Point Ford, The Plough Inn (car park opposite)

Two circuits centred on the Plough. Our choice of route on the day will make the most of some heavenly scenery and inevitably include the Upper Windrush Valley. Walkers may chose am, pm or both. Approximate afternoon start 1.30pm, from same car park. Pub lunch optional.

Latest News

Vacancy Cafe Manager
Vacancy Cafe Manager
16th September 2014
We are looking for a full time cafe manager to run the Lion Cafe at the Old Prison.
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Autumn Update
Latest news from the Cotswolds Conservation Board
Cotswolds Rural Skills Newsletter - Autumn/Winter 2014
Cotswolds annual dry-stone walling competition to return to Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park
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