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

Free yoga classes with Madeleine Shaw and BRITA at Big Feastival
26th August 2016 - 27th August 2016 - The Big Feastival, BRITA stand, Alex James' Farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ
Expert nutritionist and yoga teacher Madeleine Shaw has teamed up with water filter experts BRITA to run free yoga classes on the BRITA stand at this years Big Feastival. Visitors can sign up for places on the yoga classes by visiting the BRITA stand.
Wind in the Willows Outdoor Theatre
26th August 2016 - Cotswolds Discovery Centre at the Old Prison
Join Ratty, Mole and Badger as they explore the Riverbank and try to contain the excitable Toad. Expect animals, adventure, swashbuckling and Motor-Cars. Beautiful, glorious, majestic Motor-Cars! For now is the Hour of Toad. Poop-poop!
E-bike tour from Moreton in Marsh
27th August 2016 - The Old Market long-term pay & display car park by railway station
Discover the beauty of the scarp slope of the Cotswolds on this 34 mile e-bike tour Broadway Tower and on to the historic town of Chipping Campden.
131st Hawkesbury Horticultural Show
27th August 2016 - Village Hall and Rec, High Street, Hawkesbury, Upton GL9 1AU
Annual Village Show providing a great, traditional family day out in the Cotswolds
Enstone Show
27th August 2016 - Enstone Sports & Social Club and Parish Hall
This popular annual show combines a flower and dog show with country stalls and children's activities. With hot food and a fully stocked bar on the day there is plenty for all the family. Limited parking available.
Electric Bike Tour - Coln and Windrush valleys
28th August 2016 - The free long stay public car park Burford
Discover the beauty of the Coln and Windrush valleys on this 32 mile e-bike tour from Burford to Northeach and back via Bibury and other delightful Cotswold villages.

Upcoming Walks

27 August 2016 - 10:00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 6.0 hours
  • Distance 10.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Tetbury
  • Starting Point Tetbury - Free long stay car park at old railway station, Cirencester Road.

We take the Monarch's Way to the east before turning south to Long Newton and into the valley of the Avon (Tetbury branch). We continue south to Brokenborough via Shipton Mill and the Fosse Way. The walk returns via Shipton Moyne and Estcourt Park. Picnic lunch with pub stop.

30 August 2016 - 10:00
Details
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Distance 3.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Woodstock
  • Starting Point Combe Lodge, Park Road, Combe

This short walk around the Blenheim Estate looks for traces of its historic past. During the 12th Century Henry II kept his mistress in the manor house and 300 years later Princess Elizabeth was imprisoned there. In 1704 the estate passed to John Churchill who built the magnificent palace.

02 September 2016 - 10:00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 4.0 hours
  • Distance 6.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village King's Stanley
  • Starting Point King's Head pub, King's Stanley. 14 bus route from Stroud, railway stations in Stroud & Stonehouse. Free car parking opposite the King's Head by village hall or in council car park

The walk crosses a railway, busy roads, farmland with livestock & stiles to the Stroudwater Canal. We encounter buildings of architectural & industrial interest and an area of ancient woodland. Bring refreshments and be prepared for wet ground.

03 September 2016 - 10:00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 6 hours
  • Distance 12 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village
  • Starting Point New Street Car Park, Chipping Norton

From Chipping Norton to Salford and Long Compton to pick up the Shakespeare's Way and return via Little Rollright, visiting the lovely unspoilt church there and Salford [again!] A varied walk with hills and views. Please bring a packed lunch although there is a possible pub lunch.

05 September 2016 - 10:00
Details
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3.0 hours
  • Distance 5.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Tetbury
  • Starting Point Tetbury - Free long stay car park at old railway station, Cirencester Road.

This mainly level walk first takes us to Wiltshire Bridge. We pass an impressive tithe barn, then follow the Monarch's Way to a disused WW1 airfield. We pause at Long Newnton Church before returning to Tetbury. Lunch available locally after the walk, if required.

06 September 2016 - 10.00
Details
  • 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.

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