Car-free walks in the North Cotswolds

These walks in the north Cotswolds are based around Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford, Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold . The walks are designed to enable people to get to their starting point using public transport and offer a great chance to get outside and enjoy one of the UK’s finest landscapes.

See below for the full list of downloadable walks.


Walk One: Kingham Station Short Circular

This is the first in a new series of car free walks from the Cotswolds Conservation Board designed to allow people to use public transport to arrive at their starting point.


Walk Two: Meadows and Mills

This is an easy walk downhill from Stow-on-the-Wold to Bourton-on-the-Water across meadows and mills to Lower Slaughter, where the old mill has recently been restored and now houses a tea shop, small store and a museum.


Walk Three: The Rissington Round

A short walk linking the historic villages of Great and Little Rissington, taking in Bourton-on- the-Water and the River Windrush.


Walk Four: Kingham Station Circular

A longer circular walk from Kingham Station through Foxholes Nature Reserve, past Bruern Abbey, up onto the ridge at Idbury and Nether Westcote with views down to Bledington.


Walk Five: Great Barrington - Burford

A walk through a superb stretch of the Windrush Valley between the Barringtons and Burford.


Walk Six Kingham to Chipping Norton

A walk from Kingham to Oxfordshire’s highest town, Chipping Norton- including Adlestrop, Chastleton and Cornwell.


Walk Seven: Eye the Windrush and Slaughter

A short easy walk that links the River Eye at Lower Slaughter with the River Windrush at Bourton. Classic Cotswold villages and lovely valley views.


Walk Eight: Kingham and Churchill

The hill top village of Churchill features on this walk between Kingham and Chipping Norton.


Walk Nine: Villages of the Windrush Valley

A Cotswold classic! A fascinating walk in the Windrush Valley past ancient burial mounds, Norman churches and manors. Beautiful villages hide interesting histories of landowners and literary figures.


Walk Ten: Great Rissington to Bourton

A walk from Great Rissington across the Windrush valley through the wildlife rich water meadows of The National Trust’s Sherbourne Estate then back along the river.


Walk Twelve: From Wold to Water

A walk from the historic town of Stow-on-the-Wold via the picturesque villages of Icomb and Wyck Rissington, through Salmonsbury Water meadows to Bourton-on-the-Water