Cotswolds 'Wonder Walks'
In 2012 a campaign was undertaken to find the Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds. Thanks to a huge number of nominations sent in by the public and a vote, the Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds were chosen as shown below (in no particular order).
Now, thanks to our wonderful voluntary warden, we have a series of downloadable Cotswolds 'Wonder Walks' to help you explore and enjoy our Cotswold wonders for themselves.
The Magic of the Rollright Stones - 3 hour walk
After a valley walk you’ll climb to discover a prehistoric mystery on the Jurassic ridgeway. Return through the hidden hamlet of Little Rollright. Distance: 8.3km/5 1/4 miles with ups and downs of 140m/460ft including one short steep climb. Start: Salford village off the A44 two miles west of Chipping Norton. Download walk >
Woodchester Park & Mansion - 2 hour walk
The Boathouse Walk passes the mansion and includes parkland, woodland, three of the ponds and the picturesque boathouse.Distance: 5.6km/31/2 miles with a steady down-and-up of 209m/686ft. There are some steps.Start: Woodchester Park, near Nympsfield on the B0466, between Dursley and Stroud. Download walk >
Walk currently under review.
Please revisit this page for revised walk guide when review is complete.
The National Arboretum, Westonbirt - 2 hour walk
This pleasant walk over Gloucestershire farmland includes a public path through the main drive of Silk Wood in the National Arboretum, which is worth a visit at any time of year. Distance: 7.8 km/4¾miles with a gentle down and an up of 85m/278ft, and a few stone stiles. Start: Leighterton, 3 miles SW of Tetbury. Download walk >
Photograph: Paul Groom
Cotswold Way National Trail (a classic 5 mile taster trail) - 3 hour walk
Walk in beech woods and climb a beacon. Then enjoy a winding riverside ramble through Laurie Lee country. Check the route carefully as you go, it gets intricate in the second half. Distance: 8.3 km/5¼mls with ups and downs of 290m/950ft (some steep). Stiles on the way back. Start: Cranham, 2 mls north of
Painswick off the A46. Download walk >
Stroud Farmers' Market (by bike or on foot) - 2 hour walk, 1 hour ride
The old railway from Nailsworth to Stroud offers an easy ride or walk through the woods to the famous farmers’ market. Spring flowers, birds in the summer, autumn colours and winter views. Frequent return buses. Distance: 6.7km/ 4¼miles mostly level, 32 steps en route and a climb at the end. Park at the start. Walkers return from Stroud on the 46/93 bus every half hour. Download walk >
Cleeve Hill & Common - 2.5 hour walk
Roam across the Cotswolds’ highest common for fabulous views to the Malverns and into Wales. But if the top is covered by cloud you will be wise to come on another day. Distance: 6.5km/4miles with an up and down of 168m/550ft and some steep sections. Start: Cleeve Common, off the B4632 3 miles north
of Cheltenham at top of hill. Download walk >