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

Animal Magnetism
30th November 2017 - 7th January 2018 - Corinium Museum
Anita Saunders is a figurative artist, printmaker and illustrator taking inspiration from the stunning rural setting of the Cotswolds in the UK
Anglo-Saxon Gloucestershire
30th November 2017 - Corinium Museum
Carolyn Heighway will discuss Gloucestershire from the end of Roman rule to the coming of the Normans.
Cirencester Sparkles Advent Festival, Market & Light Switch on
2nd December 2017 - Cirencester Market Place
A great family day out full of wonderful Christmas Market stalls, food and drink, fair rides, live music and entertainment. A surprise celebrity has been arranged to switch on the lights followed by a fantastic fireworks display.
Ramsden Christmas Market
2nd December 2017 - Lower Farm, Lower End, Ramsden OX7 3AZ
Ramsden Christmas Market - the biggest and most magical Christmas market in West Oxfordshire, with over 50 stalls selling hand-made, ethically sourced or local crafts and gifts, locally produced and organic food items. The entire market is under cover and there will be musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. Santa Claus for the children, mulled wine for the grown-ups plus White Elephant, cakes, teas - come and enjoy.
Latin for Beginners
5th December 2017 - Corinium Museum
Join George Sharpley of the LATIN QVARTER and spend a day exploring Latin, the classical writers and their lives. Hear the language read aloud and read some ancient and medieval stories in Latin.
Xmas Fair at Combe Mill
9th December 2017 - Combe Mill
Xmas Fair at Combe Mill Sat 9th December 2017

Upcoming Walks

26 November 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.5 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Bathampton
  • Starting Point Dundas Marina Car Park

A circular walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal and up to the village of Winsley. Walking on Autumn leaves maybe!

28 November 2017 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 6 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Charlbury
  • Starting Point Banbury Hill Farm

As well as interesting countryside to enjoy, this walk also explores the picturesque town Charlbury. Lunches can be bought at the end of the walk at The Old Shed café at Banbury Hill Farm.

03 December 2017 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.5 hours
  • Distance 4.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Kingscote
  • Starting Point Hunters Hall Inn car park, Kingscote, by arrangement.

A short walk in the beautiful Lasborough Valley, starting from Kingscote. In addition to experiencing the glorious landscape learn about the valley's links with a notable clergyman, a Victorian water supply system and the genesis of the Australian Air Force. All this in the space of 4 miles.....

05 December 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.

06 December 2017 - 10 am
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.5 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village 2.5 miles south east of Birdlip
  • Starting Point Gloucester Beeches lay-by on A417

Following the Frome valley the walk includes the hamlets of Syde and Caudle Green and part of the Miserden Park Estate before climbing towards Winstone and returning by an ancient ridgeway.

09 December 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Duration 5.5 hours
  • Distance 10 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Bath
  • Starting Point Lansdown Park and Ride

We start with spectacular views from Lansdown, descend to Weston Village and then back to the Lansdown ridge again before descending to the delightful Swainswick Valley. Please bring a picnic lunch.. Not suitable for pushchairs.

Latest News

Vacancy for Parish Member
Vacancy for Parish Member
12th October 2017
Cotswolds AONB Hedgelaying Competition 2017
Entries are now being taken for the 2017 championship which will be held on Saturday 18th November at Workham Farm, Fifield, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6HS
Cotswold Way now on Google Street View
Cotswolds Conservation Board reflects on the year looking after one of the nation's important landscapes
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