Walking in the Cotswolds provides a wealth of choices with gentle strolls, hilly hikes and a variety of circular walks including many level, stile-free walks for wheelchairs and easy access. You could also consider completing all or part of the Cotswold Way National Trail. This beautiful 102-mile route takes in some of the Cotswolds' best scenery with sweeping views, historic monuments and picturesque villages along the way. Combine this with thousands of miles of footpaths and bridleways along rolling hills, dramatic escarpment and winding river valleys and you have a walker's paradise in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,
There are many ways to enjoy walking in the Cotswolds, depending on your own ability and interest. You could venture out on your own with a map and compass or with the help of circular route guides. You may prefer to join the company of a walking group or guided walks leader. If you prefer the idea of walking with others, you could join one of the hundreds of guided walks that take place across the Cotswolds, the majority of which are led by our Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. Many other organisations also run walking programmes and events including the Wildlife Trusts, National Trust and local authorities. However used you are to walking this is one of the best places in the country to get outside and take a stroll or a ramble.
As walking is one of the most popular activities in the Cotswolds, there is a wealth of information available. We have compiled some of this information here to help you plan your next walk which we hope will be helpful. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, we would love to hear from you, so please do get in touch.