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

Discovery Zone - Christmas Past
22nd December 2014 - Corinium Museum
Join Emma Stuart for a look at vintage Christmas.
Boxing Day at Batsford Arboretum
26th December 2014 - Batsford Arboretum, Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos GL56 9AB
Shake off the Christmas Day excesses at Batsford Arboretum
Winter Masks
29th December 2014 - Corinium Museum
Join Jane for a fun drop in creating your very own winter themed mask.
This story of a young delinquent who struggles to adapt to life in a new town is ripe for rediscovery thanks to a sizzling new 4K restoration.
Exhibition - Two Genres - David Durston
10th January 2015 - 8th February 2015 - Corinium Museum
The exhibition entitled, 'Two Genres' makes reference to the dual strands, developed in parallel, in more recent works - abstract and figurative.
A must see for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of collections care.

Upcoming Walks

29 December 2014 - 10:00
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 3.0 hours
  • Distance 5.0 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Amberley
  • Starting Point Opposite Amberley Inn, Amberley (please do not use Inn Car Park)

A bracing morning walk on upland commons. Fairly flat terrain and very few stiles. Glorious views of surrounding valleys and beyond (weather permitting). Refreshments available at local inns after the walk. Suitable for families but not buggies or pushchairs.

01 January 2015 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 6 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Bath
  • Starting Point Cross Keys Pub, South Stoke Road, Combe Down

A New Year's Day walk to Upper Midford, Combe Hay village and walking part of the disused Somersetshire Coal Canal. Coffee stop only. Not suitable for pushchairs.

01 January 2015 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 6 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Charlton Kings Cheltenham
  • Starting Point Copt Elm Rd Charlton Kings.South of the A40 at 6Ways traffic lights

Old ways into Cheltenham visiting Dowdeswell Wood, Lineover Wood, and Ravensgate Hill

06 January 2015 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village 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.

07 January 2015 - 10:30
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Distance 3.5 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
  • Starting Point Churchill, please park tidily near the church

Churchill is an attractive village tucked away in the far west of Oxfordshire and was home to two famous people who have left their mark in different ways. The walk is mostly on tracks and quiet lanes with some field walking. Pub lunch available at the end of the walk.

11 January 2015 - 10.00
  • Difficulty Strenuous
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Distance 6 miles
  • Nearest Town/Village Broadway
  • Starting Point Stanton, Village Hall car park

Along the scarp to Stanway before climbing up through the shelter of Lidcombe Wood onto the Cotswold Hills and contrasting views of the wolds. The return passes through Littleworth Wood and some coppicing before descending into Stanton.

Latest News

Liz Eyre elected as Chairman of Cotswolds Conservation Board
7th December 2014
Join our small team at the Cotswold Lion Cafe.
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Winter Update
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