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 Drop In: Mini Taj Mahal Garden
17th April 2014 - Corinium Museum
Come along and be inspired by Indian culture through the mosaics of Caroline Jariwala
Corinium Close Up: Archaeological ID Session
17th April 2014 - Corinium Museum
Head of Collections Dr Alison Brookes will be on hand to answer your questions and examine your archaeological finds.
Back by popular demand! An enjoyable family event and all in a good cause to help our prickly friends.
Easter Egg Hunt & Traditional Sunday Roast
20th April 2014 - The Old Prison, Northleach
Northleach Circle of Crafters
22nd April 2014 - The Old Prison, Northleach
Join Dr. Alison Brookes to discuss the work of The Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act.

Upcoming Walks

19 April 2014 - 09.30
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 6 hours
  • Distance 12 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village
  • Starting Point Chipping Campden - Market Hall

A favourite from Campden encompassing country houses, well known personalities and politicians together with sites of battles. Beautiful views abound!

20 April 2014 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Duration 5.5 hours
  • Distance 10 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Bitton, Bristol
  • Starting Point Swineford picnic site

A steep restored path up to North Stoke, then around the contour from Prospect stile with views towards Woolley, before crossing the battlefield and returning by a different route from North Stoke. Please bring a picnic lunch.Not suitable for pushchairs. PLEASE NOTE: The Road from Bath to Bristol via Kelston is closed due to a land slip therefore please allow extra time needed for access from the East via Keynsham and Bitten, to Swineford.

22 April 2014 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 4.5 hours
  • Distance 8 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village
  • Starting Point Winchcombe Back Lane Car Park (£1 per day)

A series making the most of Ways linking Winchcombe and Bourton-on-the-Water. We follow the Wardens' Way from Winchcombe to Roel Gate, returning on the Windrush Way via Waterhatch with superb views of Sudeley Castle. Bring a packed lunch.

24 April 2014 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Distance 9 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village North of Northleach
  • Starting Point Notgrove Village Hall Car Park (Trust the Motorist)

An undulating walk through the villages of Hazleton, Turkdean and Cold Aston. Please bring a packed lunch. There may also be an opportunity for a refreshment stop en route.

25 April 2014 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3.5 hours
  • Distance 5.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Kingswood
  • Starting Point Café next door to Dinneywicks pub in Kingswood nr Wotton-under-Edge

Meet for coffee at the café at 10am. The mainly flat and scenic walk starts at 10:30, along the Little Avon river and on footpaths and the Cotswold Way through farmland via Hillesley and Alderley, including the Ozleworth Valley.

25 April 2014 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.5 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Cheltenham
  • Starting Point Quarry car park off Hartley Lane which is off Leckhampton Hill

A steep climb up to the Devil's Chimney then along the Cotswold Way above Cheltenham and back via Seven Springs and Hartley Bottom.

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