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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

Help save lives this Christmas by joining Meningitis Now at their Christmas Celebration Concert. Taking place on Wednesday 17th December 2014 in Gloucester Cathedral. Leading the way will be the world-famous Carducci String Quartet, as well as local school choirs singing and traditional carols to join in with.
Discovery Zone: Mystery Objects, what are they?
19th December 2014 - Corinium Museum
Throughout December school holidays Collections team will be putting a number of unusual objects on display. Will you be able to work out what they are?
Discovery Zone - Christmas Past
22nd December 2014 - Corinium Museum
Join Emma Stuart for a look at vintage Christmas.
Boxing Day at Batsford Arboretum
26th December 2014 - Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos GL56 9AB
Shake off the Christmas Day excesses at Batsford Arboretum
Winter Masks
29th December 2014 - Corinium Museum
Join Jane for a fun drop in creating your very own winter themed mask.
This story of a young delinquent who struggles to adapt to life in a new town is ripe for rediscovery thanks to a sizzling new 4K restoration.

Upcoming Walks

20 December 2014 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3.5 hours
  • Distance 6 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Charlbury Nr Woodstock, between
  • Starting Point Spendlove Car Park, Charlbury

Walk past Charlbury quarry to Dustfield then along the Saltway to Stonesfield. Take Stonesfield Lane to follow the route of the Oxfordshire Way back to Charlbury. Once back on Charlbury you can eat your own sandwiches in the Rose and Crown if you buy a drink.

21 December 2014 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
  • Starting Point Winchcombe, Back Lane Car Park (Pay & Display)

A delightful route out of Winchcombe up to the Neolithic long barrow at Belas Knap. Fabulous views await.

29 December 2014 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 3.0 hours
  • Distance 5.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Amberley
  • Starting Point Opposite Amberley Inn, Amberley (please do not use Inn Car Park)

A bracing morning walk on upland commons. Fairly flat terrain and very few stiles. Glorious views of surrounding valleys and beyond (weather permitting). Refreshments available at local inns after the walk. Suitable for families but not buggies or pushchairs.

01 January 2015 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 6 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Bath
  • Starting Point Cross Keys Pub, South Stoke Road, Combe Down

A New Year's Day walk to Upper Midford, Combe Hay village and walking part of the disused Somersetshire Coal Canal. Coffee stop only. Not suitable for pushchairs.

01 January 2015 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 6 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Charlton Kings Cheltenham
  • Starting Point Copt Elm Rd Charlton Kings.South of the A40 at 6Ways traffic lights

Old ways into Cheltenham visiting Dowdeswell Wood, Lineover Wood, and Ravensgate Hill

06 January 2015 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village 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.

Latest News

Liz Eyre elected as Chairman of Cotswolds Conservation Board
7th December 2014
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