Guided walks

Many of the walks listed below are led by our Cotswold Voluntary Wardens who organise a year-round programme of walks that take place across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These walks vary in distance and difficulty and offer an interesting and often entertaining way of discovering more about our countryside and landscape.

Unless otherwise indicated, all walks by the Voluntary Wardens are free of charge however donations are very much appreciated and are usually collected at the end of the walk.  No need to book in advance, just turn up and enjoy!

PLEASE: always remember to wear appropriate footwear because some walks may be steep and muddy in places. Sorry but only assistance dogs are allowed on walks.  Warden Leaders will take all reasonable care and precautions but each walker is ultimately responsible for their own safety, and for determining their capability to complete the chosen walk.

It is also advisable to check the website or call the Cotswolds Conservation Board (01451 862000) beforehand for details of any changes, particularly during bad weather.

Key:
EASY - length may vary, but terrain is mainly flat (level)
MODERATE - includes some hills and some rough ground
STRENUOUS - may be rough underfoot and ascents and descents may be steep

As well as the guided walks programme below, our voluntary wardens organise the following regular walks and tailor-made walks in parts of the Cotswolds:

Walk the Cotswold Way
Join a group led by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens walking the Cotswold Way in 10 mile stages each month starting in May. In 2014/15 we will be running two walks.

On the first Wednesday of each month the Way will be walked from south to north and a group will travel by coach from Winchcombe to each start point, stopping for lunches at pleasant inns en route. For further information on this walk and to reserve places contact Mary Hamilton on 01451 820160 email m.hamilton@tesco.net .

Alternatively on the first Saturday of each month the Way will be walked from north to south and a group will travel by coach from the Bath area to each start point. For this option walkers should bring their own packed lunches for a picnic at an attractive spot en-route. For further information and to reserve places please contact John Bartram on 0117 9374561 email woodlandsbarn@btinternet.com

For both early booking is advised!

Walk The Diamond Way
Join a group led by the Voluntary Wardens walking 8/10 miles of the North Cotswolds Diamond Way on the fourth Wednesday of every month from April to September.  For further information and to reserve a place contact Allan Allcock on 0787 638 7029.

Chipping Campden Town Walks
The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens offer a town walk with an audio visual show followed by tea or supper as appropriate for organised parties in Chipping Campden. For further details contact Ann Colcomb on 01386 832131.

Upcoming Guided Walks

 

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Wednesday 29 April 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Brockhampton near Andoversford
Starting Point Craven Arms Brockhampton
From the source of the Colne to the Whittington stone mines, returning through Puckham Woods and Cleeve Common. Passing through two areas of remote and beautiful grassland which are part of the celebrated Magnificent Meadows project. Drinks and lunch available at the pub.
Saturday 02 May 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Charlbury
Starting Point Stonesfield, The Ridings, just beyond the White Horse
A figure of 8 walk using The Wychwood Way and an ancient Saltway, visiting Ditchley Park and Stonesfield village with an optional visit to North Leigh Roman Villa [no charge]. There may even be bluebells. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 05 May 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Colerne
Starting Point Fox & Hounds, Colerne
A walk around the various footpaths of Colerne Parish. Lunch available at the Fox and Hounds. Bring a mid morning munchie. Parking at the pub or adjacent Constitutional Club. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Tuesday 05 May 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Moreton-in-Marsh
Starting Point Batsford Arboretum car park (by kind permission)
An exhilarating route through undulating countryside, experiencing high wolds with lovely views and beautiful woodlands. We will look for signs of early summer. Please bring a packed lunch.
Thursday 07 May 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Selsley
Starting Point Bell Inn, Selsley. Please park considerately at the roadside.
Meet for coffee at 10 am. The walk starts at 10:30 am, visiting North Woodchester and South Woodchester, before passing through Dingle Wood onto Selsley Common and back to our start point. Lunch available at the Inn after the walk, if required.
Friday 08 May 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Royal Avenue Bath, in front of the Bandstand
Circular walk from Royal Victoria Park,taking in three other parks within the City, with views of two others. Suitable for pushchairs if you can cope with steps.
Friday 08 May 2015 - 2pm
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1 hours
Distance 1 1/2 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point The Courtyard by the house.
Friday 08 May 2015 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 6 mile south of Broadway, 4 miles east of Winchcombe
Starting Point Temple Guiting Village Hall
We take in ancient wood and parkland, the Salt Way, views of Winchcombe and a leg stretch or two along the Cotswold Scarp which will get the lungs working! Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 08 May 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cranham; off the A46 between Brockworth and Painswick
Starting Point The Black Horse , Cranham
Taking in the Bluebells of Buckholt Wood, Cooper's Hill, and Great Witcombe Roman Villa. The mosaics at Witcombe Villa are being especially opened for viewing on this walk. Pub lunches can be ordered before the start.
Saturday 09 May 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Cirencester and Fairford
Starting Point Layby on the A417 from Cirencester after the Crown of Crucis Hotel
A circular walk to explore the churches and villages of the Ampney Brook; Ampney St Peter, Poulton, Ashbrook, Barnsley, and Ampney Crucis. Pub snacks at Barnsley or bring a picnic.
Sunday 10 May 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village Just off the A40 Oxford to Cheltenham road
Starting Point Burford Car Park
Discovering a corner of the Cotswolds in the First World War. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 12 May 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village On the A361 between Burford and Chipping Norton
Starting Point Shipton under Wychwood village hall
The walk to Foxholes BBOWT Nature Reserve will be via Bruern and hopefully we will enjoy a fabulous display of bluebells. Pub options at the end of the walk in Shipton or bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 12 May 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Amberley
Starting Point Amberley Inn, Amberley. Not the Inn car park please.
A leisurely walk around two wild flower rich commons, with scenic views of two valleys. Suitable for families, but not pushchairs or buggies. Lunch available at the Inn after the walk, if required.
Wednesday 13 May 2015 - 12.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.25 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Moreton-in-Marsh
Starting Point Old Farm Dorn, signed off Fosseway (A429) just north of Moreton-in-Marsh
One: An hour or so on a short tour of Old Farm led by Simon or Sarah Righton. Two: A gently led stroll into the surrounding countryside. Three: An optional delicious afternoon tea back at the farm mid afternoon. That's quite a tasty trio!
Wednesday 13 May 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.75 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stonehouse
Starting Point Stonehouse Rail Station Upper Querns Rd Stonehouse
Meet at Stonehouse Pay & Display car park at 10.00 or at the Rail Station at 10.12. A steady climb up over Doverow Hill to Standish Wood for the Bluebells and return via the Cotswold Way and a vineyard. Refreshments available in Stonehouse. Route includes some stiles.
Thursday 14 May 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 8.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Blockley is just off the A44 Moreton-in-Marsh - Evesham road
Starting Point Bus shelter, Blockley Village Green. Please park considerately in the village
Enjoy some of the walks in the recently published Blockley Heritage collection.This one takes us to neighbouring Chipping Campden via Broad Campden returning via Northwick Industrial Park, where Blockley's Polish connection features. Please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 16 May 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Lay-By off the A420, West of Marshfield.
We take restored paths from The Green Lane down into St Catherine's valley before climbing over the Scarp to Tadwick. A short section of the Cotswold way and a climb back to Nimlet and a different route back to the start. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Sunday 17 May 2015 - 10.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park
A walk from Dyrham Park (National Trust) through nearby farmland and along part of the Cotswold Way, passing historic points of interest along the way. No park admission fees to those participating in the walk. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Monday 18 May 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village King's Stanley
Starting Point King's Head pub, King's Stanley. Public car park adjacent to the pub. 66S bus route from Stroud, railway stations in Stroud & Stonehouse.
A gradual ascent to Selsley Common through farmland & woods. We return via a different route to King's Stanley. Livestock, mud and wildflowers may be encountered. Food available at the pub after the walk, if required.
Tuesday 19 May 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Cotswold Farm Park Car Park. Please park away from the pedestrian entrance to the Park.
Leaving Adam's Farm to the east, we walk to the B4068 passing Eyford Park. We then turn north and use the Wardens' Way to return via Naunton, Guiting Power and Kineton. Please bring a packed lunch.