Jubilee Walks: Miles Without Stiles

As part of 2012's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, our Voluntary Wardens have created a brand new series of 'miles without stiles' walking routes throughout the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to help you easily explore and enjoy our countryside and landscape.

Each walk is around 2.5 to 5 miles in length and takes you on a circular journey through some of our most wonderful places.  But these are not just about great walks. As well as featuring a comprehensive route map and directions, each walk will uncover some fascinating stories and facts along the way - sites of historical interest, areas rich in wildlife, cultural icons, archaeological treasures,quirky features and some colourful characters from the past will provide added interest to your walk.

Click on the walks below to view, download and enjoy 

Badminton woodland and parkland - 2.5 hour walk
Walk over the Duke of Beaufort’s estate, across a grassy airstrip, past castellated barns and cottages, and through the deer park.Distance: 8.3 km/ 5 miles with a gentle climb and descent of 60m/200ft. The central section may be muddy, but the start and the last 2 miles are on tarmac. Start: Badminton (near Chipping Sodbury) at the village post office .

Bibury and the River Coln - 2 hour walk
Away from the sightseeing crowds in Bibury, a delightful walk through woodland and meadow rich in wildlife, across a Roman road and past a hidden dewpond. Distance: 6.5 km/4 miles with an up and down of 110 m/360ft. Start: Bibury (near Cirencester) on the river bridge by the Swan Inn.

Bourton on the Water and Wyck Rissington - 2 hour walk

Three small rivers, a nature reserve and a maze in a church. This easy walk through meadows to the unspoilt village of Wyck Rissington can be muddy, so come prepared. Distance: 7 km /4 miles with a climb and descent of 37m/120 ft. Start: Bourton-on-theWater, war memorial in the High Street.

Brockhampton and Sevenhampton - 1.5 hour walk (optional leg 1 hour)
A pleasant short walk in the upper Coln valley, with an optional extra loop to Sevenhampton church. The route is mostly on lanes and tracks, so good in all weather. Distance: 5.5km/3 miles with an up and down of 130 m/430 ft. Additional leg 1.6km/1 mile with an up and down of 24 m/80 ft.  Start: Brockhampton, near Winchcombe: at the Craven
Arms pub

Ebrington and Foxcote - 2 hour walk
A delightful circuit based on a small village and a big house. Look out for a mosaic sundial, an owl on a roof and perhaps buzzards, pheasants and deer. Distance: 6 km/ 3 3/4 miles with an up and down of 110m/360 ft. Start: Three Oaks triangular green in front of the pub at Ebrington, near Chipping Campden.

Guiting Power and Castlett - 2.5 hour walk
This easy route follows drovers’ trails and quiet lanes through woodland and along the Guiting Stream. A good family walk at any time of the year, with much to see on the way. Distance: 7 km /4 miles with an up and down of 140m/460 ft. Start: Guiting Power (near Stow on the Wold) village hall car park, signed from the village green

Ilmington and the roof of Warwickshire - 2 hour walk
From a country churchyard stride up a dry valley to a breezy hilltop with vast views north, south, east and west. It’s a long haul up and a steep road down. But exhilarating! Distance: 6 km / 3 3/4 miles with a climb and descent of 195m/640 ft. Start: St Mary’s Church, Back Street, Ilmington, near Stratford on Avon.

Kings Stanley to Ebley Mill - 2 hour walk
See how the Stroud canal is being renewed for the 21st century. Walk across fields and take the towpath past locks, mills, and handsome new waterside housing. There’s birdlife too. Distance: 5.8 km/3½ miles, 35m down at the start and up at the end, otherwise level. Start: King’s Stanley (near Stroud) playing fields free car park near the King’s Head.

Little Sodbury and the Ploughman's Bible - 2 hour walk
A short but fascinating walk taking you back to England in the Iron Age, the Roman era and the troubled times of Henry VIII. Plus wide views to Wales. Distance: 4 km/2½ miles with a climb and descent of 80m/260ft.  Start: Old Sodbury (on A432 near Chipping Sodbury) at St John’s Church.

Marshfield - 2.5 hour walk
Enjoy wonderful views of the southern Cotswolds. Walk along old green lanes (some may be muddy) and across high pasture back to the church on a hill. Distance: 7km/4¼miles with an up and down of 100m/330ft. There is a steep little climb at the end of the walk. Start: Marshfield (near Bath) limited parking in the Market Place behind the war memorial

Mickleton and the Hidcotes - 2 hour walk
After a steady climb you’ll enjoy great views over the Vale of Evesham, then amble through two pretty hamlets, passing two famous gardens open to the public. Distance: 6.4km/4miles with a climb of 135m /450ft. Start: Mickleton (near Chipping Campden) in Church Lane off the High Street. Pubs and shops in the village.

Minchinhampton and Box - 2 hour walk
A walk on the common around an old market town, then a down-and-up through the village of Box. The last climb is steep, but there is a short cut. Distance: 4.5 km /2.8 miles with an up and down of 83m/270 ft. Start: Minchinhampton (near Stroud) car park in Bell Lane, on left of the church and after the public toilets.

Selsley Common: Toots to Teashop - 2.5 hour walk
Enjoy panoramic views from the common then walk through woodland on clearly marked tracks. There are several ups and downs, bluebells in spring, and colourful autumn trees. Distance: 7 km /4 miles with an up and down of 250 m/820 ft. Choose a clear day to enjoy the views from Selsley Common and make route finding easier. Start: Selsley Common (near Stroud) Walk from any of the small parking areas alongside the B4066 above Selsley.

Winchcombe and the Sudeley Valley - 2.5 hour walk
Stride past Sudeley Castle then up and around the valley for elevated views across to Cleeve Common and Charlton Abbots. Walk through tranquil countryside full of wildlife and flowers. Distance: 8 km/5 miles with a climb and descent of 175m/575 ft. Start: Winchcombe (near Cheltenham) Back Lane car park behind the library.