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

Become an Archaeologist
24th July 2017 - Corinium Museum
Have a go at excavating for real Roman artefacts from our collection.
Join Finds Manager, Ed McSloy and Find Officer, Jacky Sommerville and Illustrator, Lucy Martin from Cotswold Archaeology.
Children's Workshop - Printmaking
25th July 2017 - Corinium Museum
Using our archaeological collections for inspiration, join us for a workshop making a series of printing techniques and take your creations home.
Festival of Archaeology - Meet an Archaeologist
26th July 2017 - Corinium Museum
Join Ed and Jacky from Cotswold Archaeology to explore some of the finds from excavations undertaken by the Cotswold Archaeology team.
Children's Workshop - Mini Mosaics
26th July 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.
Family Drop-in - Roman Shields
27th July 2017 - Corinium Museum
Join us to create your very own Roman shield to take home.

Upcoming Walks

23 July 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 4.5 hours
  • Distance 8 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Bath
  • Starting Point Odd Down Park and Ride

A circular walk along part of the Fosse Way (Roman Road) visiting Dunkerton, Combe Hay and Southstoke. Please bring a packed lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.

26 July 2017 - 10;00
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Witney
  • Starting Point The Plough Inn, Finstock OX7 3BY

A pleasant walk starting in the interesting village of Finstock in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The walk is along field paths, through woodland and along quiet country lanes. Possibility of mud after prolonged wet weather. Pub lunch available afterwards at the Plough Inn.

26 July 2017 - 9.30
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 5.5 hours
  • Distance 9 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Ilmington, north east of Chipping Campden
  • Starting Point Ilmington playing fields car park

Note, revised length of walk, now 9 miles and moderate. The walk through varied and interesting countryside passes Foxcote, and Hidcote with its renowned gardens. Views as far as Coventry from the highest point in Warwickshire can be seen. Bring packed lunch or pub lunch possible at The Ebrington Arms.

28 July 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 6 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Stroud
  • Starting Point Stroud Leisure Centre car park. Park at the top of the car park.

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

01 August 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.

01 August 2017 - 18.30
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Distance 3 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village South of Cheltenham near the Air Balloon pub.
  • Starting Point Outside the Café in Crickley Hill Country Park Car park charge of £1 applies (as at Jan 2017)

Date for this walk will be fixed nearer the time, and posted on the Escape website. Please check back later. A gentle walk around the park with time to find out about its history (ancient and modern), the flora and fauna. Some great views with the setting sun over the valley.

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