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

Rural Cinema Hidden Figures
23rd September 2017 - 24th September 2017 - Corinium Museum
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space. NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians.
Bronze in the Bronze Age: What was it for?
28th September 2017 - Corinium Museum
The arrival of bronze metallurgy irrevocably altered the prehistoric world. Bronze plays a key role in the stories that we can tell about the Bronze Age in Britain and Ireland.
Dance Sweets, An Evening of Baroque Music
30th September 2017 - St Mary's Church, The Village, Dymock, Gloucestershire. GL18 2AQ
Internationally acclaimed group, Ensemble Molière, travel to Gloucestershire to present 'Dance Sweets', an evening of bite sized musical morsels from composers including Bach, Handel and Rameau. There will also be a short pre-concert talk introducing the historical, social and cultural context of the evening's programme at 6.30-7pm.
Affordable Art
5th October 2017 - 29th October 2017 - Corinium Museum
An exhibition of affordable art by local artists.
Gloucestershire Monasteries
12th October 2017 - Corinium Museum
This year we commemorate 900 years since the founding of Cirencester Abbey.
COMBE MILL in STEAM Sun 15th September 2017
15th October 2017 - Combe Mill
COMBE MILL in STEAM 15th October 2017 Themed:- Woodcrafts at Combe

Upcoming Walks

22 September 2017 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
  • Starting Point Car park in Kingham next to the school OX7 6YD

Starting in the pleasant village of Kingham this walk rarely loses sight of the River Evenlode which inspired a couple of writers in the early 20th Century. Also on the walk is the opportunity to visit a church which features in Simon Jenkins book "Englands 1000 Best Churches.

23 September 2017 - 9.30
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 6 hours
  • Distance 11 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village East of Winchcombe, west of Stow
  • Starting Point Temple Guiting village hall car park

The walk passes through a local estate near Temple Guiting. Our focus will be on its early 19th-century listed barn, horse-engine house and farmhouse. Bring a packed lunch.

23 September 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Duration 5.0 hours
  • Distance 8 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Sherston
  • Starting Point Castle Combe Car Park

Car share to the start of the walk in Sherston. We follow one of the branches of the Bristol river Avon to Luckington and then Littleton Drew before entering the Burton Brook valley, which becomes the Bybrook at Castle Combe. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.

24 September 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 4.5 hours
  • Distance 8 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Wellow, South of Bath
  • Starting Point Wellow free Old Station Car Park

A circular walk from Wellow to Combe Hay, using the disused Camerton to Limpley stoke line and the Somerset and Dorset line Please bring a packed lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs but fine for families.

24 September 2017 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Distance 11.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Near Moreton in Marsh
  • Starting Point Great Wolford Parish Church

Discover the story of the Romans in the Cotswolds. Please bring a packed lunch.

27 September 2017 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 2.5 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Painswick on the A46
  • Starting Point Stammages Lane car park (Pay & Display) Painswick

A steep ascent from the Painswick valley leads to the Frith and hence along the ridge to Wickridge Hill and Hawkswood with views of both the Slad and Painswick valleys. Returning to Painswick along the river.

Latest News

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
Putting the Cotswolds meadows back on the map
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