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

Family Film Friday Smufs: The Lost Village
18th August 2017 - Corinium Museum
A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.
Combe Mill in Steam Sun 20th August 2017
20th August 2017 - COMBE MILL in STEAM Sunday 16th July 2017
Combe Mill in Steam Sun 20th August 2017 Theme:- Model Engineering at the Mill
Mini Mosaics
22nd August 2017 - Corinium Museum
Learn the Roman art of mosaic making by creating your own modern mosaic tile to take home. All materials and instruction provided.
Woolly Mammoths
24th August 2017 - Corinium Museum
Join us to create a woolly mammoth to take home.
The Chedworth Show
26th August 2017 - Chedworth Village Hall and Sports Fields. GL54 4NQ
A great Family Fun Fair with live music and events for all the family
132nd Hawkesbury Horticultural Show & Fair
26th August 2017 - Hawkesbury Village Hall & Recreation Ground, High Street, Hawkesbury Upton, GL9 1AU
Traditional village Horticultural Show & Fair. The main attraction is the large produce marquee, full of the biggest & best fruit, vegetables & flowers, home baking, crafts, home made wine & beer, original photographs & pictures - all produced by the local community.

Upcoming Walks

19 August 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.75 hours
  • Distance 4.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Marshfield on the A420.
  • Starting Point Market Place, Marshfield

A morning walk along the High Street of this small medieval market town to the Almshouses, then taking bridleways South to Ashwicke and returning through the fields on footpaths (No stiles).. Lunch choice of 2 pubs or a tea shop. Stay to enjoy Marshfield Village Day procession (2pm) and Show.

20 August 2017 - 10.30
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 4.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Bath
  • Starting Point Pulteney Bridge,Bath (Opposite Victoria Art Gallery)

A circular walk from Bath's Pulteney Bridge via Alexandra Park, Lyncombe Vale and Sydney Gardens. Coffee stop only. Start only 10 mins. from Bus/Railway station. Not suitable for pushchairs [Steps!]

23 August 2017 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Distance 10 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Banbury
  • Starting Point Holy Trinity Church, Sibford Gower OX15 5RN

From Sibford we go south down Ditchedge Lane to Traitor's Ford and then east to Swalcliffe Common and village where we take a look at the historic tithe barn. We will the return to Sibford via Blenheim Farm, Chilaway Farm and Burdrop. Possible pub stop but please bring a packed lunch.

25 August 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5.7 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Seven Springs 3 miles south of Cheltenham on the A435
  • Starting Point The Seven Springs pub

A stroll to Upper Coberley then along The Gloucestershire Way to Pegglesworth and returning along The Cotswold Way via Wistley Hill. Parking at Seven Springs Pub Car Park by kind permission of the Licensee, or Seven Springs lay by

26 August 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 7 hours
  • Distance 11 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Chedworth
  • Starting Point Disused Chedworth airfield, 1.5 miles NW of Chedworth on the Compton Abdale Road

Visiting Chedworth, Coln Rogers, Coln St Dennis, Stowell Park and Chedworth Woods. A valley walk with echoes of a country at war. Pub or picnic lunch

27 August 2017 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Duration 6.0 hours
  • Distance 10.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Kings Stanley
  • Starting Point Kings Stanley free car park, adjacent to the King's Head pub.

The walk descends into the Nailsworth Valley via Woodchester to see the vineyards and other places of interest then climbs up to Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons. We descend again to the Stroudwater canal towards Stonehouse and the vineyards at Doverow and return. Picnic lunch stop and pub at Amberley.

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