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

Julie Cope's Grand Tour: The story of a life by Grayson Perry
20th May 2017 - 16th July 2017 - New Brewery Arts Centre
A Crafts Council touring exhibition The Crafts Council have recently acquired an exciting new addition to its national collection of contemporary craft: a pair of tapestries by Grayson Perry, winner of the Turner Prize
Hook Norton Brewery Firkin 5 Mile Fun Run
20th May 2017 - Hook Norton Brewery
Join us for our first fun run. Starting and ending at the brewery
COMBE MILL in STEAM Sun 21st May 2017
21st May 2017 - Combe Mill
COMBE MILL in STEAM Sun 21st May 2017 Themed:- Natural History on the Evenlode Combe Mill, Blenheim Palace Sawmills, Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire. OX29 8ET
The Medieval Coinage of England
25th May 2017 - Corinium Museum
Roger Box returns to the Corinium Museum to share the world of the medieval coinage of England.
Rural Cinema - La La Land
27th May 2017 - 28th May 2017 - Corinium Museum
In this modern take on the Hollywood musical
Mother Goddesses
29th May 2017 - Corinium Museum
Join Heather for a close up look at some exquisite statues depicting the fertility Goddesses.

Upcoming Walks

02 May 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.

04 May 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 5.5 hours
  • Distance 10 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
  • Starting Point Winchcombe Back Lane car park £1.00/day

A lovely spring walk through woods and over the hills looking and listening for warblers and other birds. The route takes us up through Spoonley and West woods before descending via the Breakheart Plantation. Bring a packed lunch.

05 May 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 2.5 hours
  • Distance 4.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Bath (City centre)
  • Starting Point Green Park Station Foyer

Bath is known for its Georgian architecture but this urban walk tours some of the sites of its fascinating civil engineering and industrial heritage that "underpins" its existence. A coffee/drink stop is planned; café lunch together afterwards if you wish.

06 May 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 6 hours
  • Distance 11 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Chipping Campden
  • Starting Point Chipping Campden, Market Hall in the High Street, parking along High Street.

This walk continues the series of walks about Women in the Cotswolds considering the lives of Mary Anderson, American actress and hostess, and Janet Ashbee, writer, thinker and wife of CR Ashbee. Lunch will be in Broadway where there is a range of eateries or bring a picnic lunch.

06 May 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 6.5 hours
  • Distance 11 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village NW of Northleach, South of the A40.
  • Starting Point Hangman's Stone layby. South of the A40 between Northleach and Shipton.

From Hangman's stone through Hampnett, Stowell Grove to Chedworth wood, return via Yanworth. Please bring a Picnic Lunch. Two churches with splendid paintings, passing the extraordinary Chedworth Roman Villa. Bluebells if still in Bloom!

06 May 2017 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Duration 6.0 hours
  • Distance 10.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Stroud.
  • Starting Point Selsley Common free car park, adjacent to the B4066 from Stroud to Uley, 1.2 miles south of the Dudbridge (Sainsburys) roundabout.

From Selsley Common the walk descends into the Nailsworth Valley via Woodchester then climbs to Rodborough Common. It descends again into the Golden valley via Bagpath to Thrupp and Stroud Brewery for a picnic lunch stop. The walk returns via the Stroudwater canal towpath to see the restoration works.

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