Miles Without Stiles

A series of short walks, between 1 and 5 miles in length - just right for half day and summer evening strolls for the family as well as the seasoned walker wishing to avoid climbing stiles. The walks feature the Cotswolds countryside from the Avon Valley outside Bath in the south to Chippening Campden in the north and Chadlington and Brailes in the Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Cotswolds. Many are accessible by public transport and often include village pubs, historic Churches, houses and other points of interest along the way. Enjoy one or more of theses walks and explore the delights of the Cotswolds without climbing a single stile.

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Great Rissington (2.75 miles)

This short walk starting and finishing in the village of Great Rissington offers some beautiful scenery including a section of the River Windrush, small copses and water meadows at Sherborne.


Laverton (1.5 miles)

A short walk discovering the local history behind two Cotswold villages - Laverton and Buckland.


Moreton-in-Marsh and Batsford (3.5 miles)

A pleasant circular walk, with views of deer (probably) and eagles (possibly). Plus the chance to see where raindrops decide whether to flow into the Bristol Channel or the North Sea.


Stow-on-the-Wold (3.75 miles)

This walk takes in the famous Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold and surrounding countryside, including the village of Maugersbury.


Winchcombe (2.75 or 3.5 mile walks)

This pretty little walk offers two opportunities to explore Winchcombe, to find the River Isbourne, to stroll the Home Park at Sudeley Castle and view the castle and the town itself using sections of the Cotswold Way National Trail, the Windrush Way and the Wardens Way.


Broadway (1.75 miles)

This short loop walk takes in some of the fascinating old buildings and history of the picturesque Cotswold village of Broadway.  It is a perfect accompaniment to an afternoon's shopping with refreshments available at the nearby pubs and tea rooms.


Chipping Campden (3.75 miles)

This walk through and around Chipping Campden provides an insight into the history of this 'wool town'.  In addition, fine views, distinctive architecture, interesting shops welcome refreshments await the walker.


Harford Bridge (3 miles)

This short circular walk takes in the deserted medieval village of Lower Harford, the area around Naunton and a small section of the Windrush Way.  It is ideal for an evening stroll along the banks of the River Windrush.


The Two Church Circular (2 miles)

Negotiate the 'squeeze belly' in this attractive little walk in the southern part of the AONB, linking the churches at Freshford and Limpley with the added bonus of the River Frome and welcome stops at the Inn at Freshford and the Hop Pole at Limpley Stoke.


The Winsley Circle (2.5 miles)

On this short circular walk in the southern Cotswolds, observe the local history of Winsley including the Turleigh Troughs, the 16th century woolen mills and the canal at Avoncliff.


Siccaridge Wood and the Frome Valley (1.5 miles)

A short circuit of the wooded slopes of the Frome Valley sampling the delights of the Thames and Severn Canal and Siccaridge Nature Reserve.


Minchinhampton 1 (5 miles)

A walk across Minchinhampton Common, skirting hillside villages and enjoying panoramic views towards the Severn and the Golden Valley.


Minchinhampton 2 (4 miles)

An alternative, and slightly shorter route to Minchinhampton 1


Sir Stanley Tubbs and Stinchcombe Hill (2.5 miles)

A brief saunter around Stinchcombe Hill offering stunning views of the Cotswold Escarpment, Severn Vale and Forest of Dean.  Enjoy snippets of local history and rest on a monument to the benefactor who gave the hill to the public.


West Down, Drypool and Cleeve Hill (2.5 miles)

This invigorating 3-mile circular walk offers beautiful views from the highest point of the Cotswolds and opportunities to visit Cleeve Common and a nearby butterfly reserve.


North Cerney to Cirencester (4 miles)

This picturesque linear walk snakes through the Churn Valley from the Bathurst Arms in North Cerney into the Capital of the Cotswolds - Cirencester. 


Salperton -  (Walk currently under review. Please revisit this page for revised walk guide).

Raspberry Brake, Poison Meadow and Coronation Copse - three names to inspire the imagination on this walk around the village of Hazelton.


Cam Long Down & Cam Peak (1.25 miles)

For those wishing to experience the grandeur of the Cotswold Escarpment and extravagant views across the Severn Plain below, this short walk is a must. The walk skirts around areas of wildflower-rich limestone grassland and woodland to provide a feast of lung-freshening, eye-opening vistas.


Charlton Kings Common & Hartley Hill (2.5 miles)

This walk on the Cotswold edge takes in some breathtaking limestone scenery with stunning views.  It involves a gradual climb and a steep descent.


Bibury and Coln St Aldwyns (6 miles)

This walk links the pretty and much-visited villages of Bibury and Coln St Aldwyns 


Stow-on-the-Wold and The Swells (2.3 miles)

This walk starts from the centre of the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and passes through the handsome Abbotswood Estate, skirting the villages of Upper and Lower Swell.


Stow-on-the-Wold and Hyde Mill (2.5 miles)

This walk takes in the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and surrounding countryside, including the village of Maugersbury.


Link Route for Stow-on-the-Wold stile-free circular walks (1.1 mile)

This 1.8km/1.1 mile route links the 'Stow-on-the-Wold and Hyde Mill' and the 'Stow-on-the-Wold and The Swells' circular walks between Hyde Mill and Lower Swell.