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

Join Dr. Alison Brookes to discuss the work of The Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act.
First National Dragon Day!!
23rd April 2014 - The Old Prison, Northleach
Evening Lecture: Before the Pyramids
24th April 2014 - Corinium Museum
The lecture will look at the shift from mythological or ancient histories of ancient Egypt.
Walking and Photography Weekend
25th April 2014 - 28th April 2014 - The Guildhouse, Stanton
a long weekend in a magnificent Arts and Crafts manor house, in one of the most beautiful parts of England, where you can learn how to improve your images with help from a professional photographer
Rural Cinema Saving Mr Banks
26th April 2014 - 27th April 2014 - Corinium Museum
Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar winner Tom Hanks top line Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks,".
Special Event: SIT Select 2014
26th April 2014 - 31st May 2014 - Corinium Museum
Footsteps: New site responsive work from Amy Wallace and Carole Waller Two artists making work in response to the inspiring Corinium Museum collection

Upcoming Walks

24 April 2014 - 10.00
Details
  • 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
Details
  • 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
Details
  • 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.

26 April 2014 - 10.00
Details
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Duration 6 hours
  • Distance 10 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Painswick
  • Starting Point Walkers car park, Golf Course Rd. off the B4073 nmorth of Painswick.

Visiting Painswick Beacon, Popes Wood, Buckholt Wood, Cranham, the Painswick Valley and Paradise.

27 April 2014 - 10.00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 6 hours
  • Distance 10 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Castle Combe
  • Starting Point Castle Combe public car park

A walk around the West of Castle Combe, crossing the Fosse way to Nettleton and West Kington. Please bring a packed lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.

29 April 2014 - 10.00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Distance 9 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Broadway
  • Starting Point Stanton Village Car Park

Third in a series of seasonal walks exploring the footpaths around Stanton. We will look for spring flowers & listen for birdsong. Please bring a packed lunch.

Latest News

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Latest news from the Cotswolds Conservation Board
New plan for tourism growth across the Cotswolds
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