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 (3.5 miles)

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 (4 miles)

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 (3.5 miles)

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 (9 miles)

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 (5 miles)

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

Walk Six Kingham to Chipping Norton (9 miles, shorter 6 mile walk also available)

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

Walk Seven: Eye the Windrush and Slaughter  (3.2 miles)

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 (5 miles)

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

Walk Nine: Villages of the Windrush Valley (4 miles)

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 (6.5 miles)

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 (6 miles)

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