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

 

Find Walks
Wednesday 08 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cheltenham or Gloucester. Between Birdlip and Stroud
Starting Point Fostons Ash Inn (on B4070) GL67ES
A pleasant mix of fields, woodland, and attractive villages, exploring 2 tributary branches of the infant Frome. Some steeper climbs and descents and may be muddy so unsuitable for push chairs.
Thursday 09 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
At the Market Hall join the Cotswold Wardens for a walk along the beautiful High Street. Hear how the ancient town developed, from the importance of wool through to the influence of The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Friday 10 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Sapperton between Stroud and Cirencester
Starting Point Daneway pub near Sapperton
A circular walk from the Daneway pub to Pinbury Park and Waterlane through woods and fields with 2 short climbs, Back via the canal. Lunch available at the Daneway.
Sunday 12 July 2015 - 14:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 3.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Selsley
Starting Point Main Parking Area on Selsley Common. The Common is on the B4066 between Stroud and Dursley.
Circular children's quiz walk with a Cotswold theme. Some ascent and descent, no road walking, mainly common and woodland. All welcome, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please bring a drink and a snack. Sorry, not suitable for pushchairs.
Tuesday 14 July 2015 - 2.30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
At the Market Hall join the Cotswold Wardens for a walk along the beautiful High Street. Hear how the ancient town developed, from the importance of wool through to the influence of The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Tuesday 14 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Winchcombe & Broadway off the B4632. Alternatively, can be approached from the B4078 between Winchcombe & Sedgeberrow.
Starting Point Outside St.Katherine's Church in Wormington WR12 7NL. Please park considerately on the roadside in the village.
Fourth in a series of five circular walks which will incorporate the whole of the new Isbourne Way, from the source of the Isbourne River to its confluence with the Avon near Evesham
Thursday 16 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
At the Market Hall join the Cotswold Wardens for a walk along the beautiful High Street. Hear how the ancient town developed, from the importance of wool through to the influence of The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Thursday 16 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village About 4 miles south east of Winchcombe
Starting Point Guiting Power Village Hall Car Park
From Guiting Power and following the Castlett Brook through Castlett Wood before passing through the the hamlet of Kineton where we briefly go alongside the River Windrush and then return to Guiting Power.
Friday 17 July 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Uley
Starting Point Prema cafe, Uley. The cafe is situated down a signposted street opposite the village shop. Please park considerately in the village.
Meet for coffee at 10 am. The walk starts at 10.30 am, initially following the River Ewelme, then passes Downham Hill to Peaked Down and Cam Long Down. We visit Uley Bury before descending to our start point. Lunch available at the café after the walk or at the Crown Inn.
Saturday 18 July 2015 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Andoversford
Starting Point Kilkenny viewpoint car park on A436, near Andoversford
This takes us from one boundary in the north at Kilkenny through Withington Parish to its boundary in the south. Varied countryside and excellent views. Optional visit to the interesting Withington church. Please bring a packed lunch and protective bags for boots if possible (for church visit).
Sunday 19 July 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.
Sunday 19 July 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stroud
Starting Point National Trust free car park on Rodborough Common, approximately half a mile to the south of Stroud.
The walk will cross Rodborough and Minchinhampton Commons to Minchinhampton and then to Longford in the Avening Valley. It will then continue on the eastern side of the Nailsworth Valley through Nailsworth and hillside settlements to return to Rodborough Common. Bring a picnic lunch, or short pub lunch available.
Tuesday 21 July 2015 - 2.30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
At the Market Hall join the Cotswold Wardens for a walk along the beautiful High Street. Hear how the ancient town developed, from the importance of wool through to the influence of The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Wednesday 22 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Eastcombe; off the A419 Stroud to Cirencester Rd.
Starting Point By the Post Office and Lamb Inn Eastcombe.
A walk along the wooded Toadsmoor Valley to The Heavens and through fields with fine views including Nether Lypiatt Manor. Not forgetting the obelisk commemorating a horse called Wag who lived 42 years. A flat walk interspersed with short steep ascents and descents.
Thursday 23 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
At the Market Hall join the Cotswold Wardens for a walk along the beautiful High Street. Hear how the ancient town developed, from the importance of wool through to the influence of The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Thursday 23 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 4-5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe, north of Cheltenham
Starting Point Cleeve Common Quarry car park (past Golf Club over cattle grid)
Back by popular demand! Join our fifth annual flower foray through both Cleeve Common and nearby butterfly reserves in the company of Ellie Phillips, Cleeve Common Conservation Officer. We spotted 100 species last year! PLEASE wear sturdy footwear - route may be steep/muddy in places. Bring a packed lunch.
Friday 24 July 2015 - 9.30
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point NT Car Park at Ewepen Buildings, Sherborne Estate.
Leaving Ewepen Buildings we descend into Sherborne and then climb up to Clapton-on-the Hill. Turning NE we cross the Diamond Way south of Bourton, and then return to Sherborne via Little & Great Rissington. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 24 July 2015 - 13.30
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 - 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village North Cerney north of Cirencester
Starting Point Bathurst Arms North Cerney GL77BZ
The second ALE walk calling at Woodmancote, Duntisbourne Rouse, and Bagendon. If you wish to eat at the pub before or after the walk (or both) please book in advance. www.bathurstarms.com or 01285 832181.
Saturday 25 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.25 hours
Distance 7 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bisley, about 3 miles east of Stoud
Starting Point The centre of Bisley and the Bear car park if visiting the pub.
To the top of the Dillay Valley and back via the Dillay Brook through Snows Farm with a visit to the butterfly reserve and a chance to hear from a farmer on route. Magnificent Meadow views over Rough Banks. Bring a picnic lunch; refreshments available at the pub.
Saturday 25 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Dyrham Park Reception
From Dyrham across to Doynton and Wick before a steep climb of Hanging Hill.The return is mostly on the Cotswold Way. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs. No Park admission fees for those participating in the walk.