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
Sunday 30 August 2015 - 2:30p
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2 hours
Distance 4 miles
Nearest Town/Village Enstone is on the A44 between Chipping Norton and Woodstock
Starting Point Enstone, cemetery just off the B4030
A circular walk through Fulwell and Clevely visiting places associated with "Old Mont" Abbott, carter and shepherd, made famous by Sheila Stewart's book " Lifting the Latch". The walk is largely on field paths which can sometimes be muddy and uneven so stout footwear is advisable.
Sunday 30 August 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Odd Down Park and Ride
A walk along part of the Fosse Way (Roman Road) to Combe Hay and along the Somerset Coal Canal to Midford before returning via South Stoke. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs
Tuesday 01 September 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 01 September 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.
Wednesday 02 September 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Painswick
Starting Point Stamages Lane car park Painswick
We follow the Painswick Valley north to the Royal William then over the Beacon for views over the Severn Vale, then we turn south back to Painswick. Small charge for parking but some roadside parking available. Suitable for families but not for pushchairs.
Thursday 03 September 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 03 September 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Broadway
Starting Point Fish Hill car park, near Broadway
We whet our interest in Arts and Crafts with a brief visit to Broadway Tower. After descending to Broadway we explore its heritage with a talk from the Gordon Russell Museum (pub lunch optional or bring your own ) and return up the High Street past historic houses.
Friday 04 September 2015 - 09.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Snowshill is on the Cotswold Edge above Broadway
Starting Point Snowshill Public Car Park
Another chance to see the north western edge of the Cotswold Hills. From Snowshill we walk southwards and join the Cotswold Way down to the Stanways and Stanton before returning uphill off the Way. Please bring a packed lunch.
Monday 07 September 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Tetbury
Starting Point Chavenage Green, 0.5 miles north west of Chavenage House.
We take a bridle path from Chavenage House with its tale about an amorous civil war Royalist at Beverston castle. We continue across farmland to investigate a hermit's cave and return to the start via Lodge Farm.
Tuesday 08 September 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.
Thursday 10 September 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 11 September 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 1 mile north of Prestbury on B4632
Starting Point Lay-by 100m north of Southam
Mostly footpaths passing Woodmancote to Nottingham Hill then Cleeve Hill with couple of steep climbs.
Saturday 12 September 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.
Tuesday 15 September 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 16 September 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Birdlip
Starting Point Barrow Wake car park (off A417)
A walk passing the Birdlip Radio Station and Cuckoopen Barn Farm to join the Gloucestershire Way along Coldwell Bottom towards Stockwell and back.
Thursday 17 September 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 17 September 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 Moreton-in-Marsh via Draycott, Aston Magna and Dorn, with its Roman connection, returning via Batsford and Blockley Downs with wonderful views over the village. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 18 September 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Hillesley
Starting Point The Fleece Inn, Hillesley. Parking available at the sports ground 200 yards south of the Inn on the opposite side of the road.
Meet for coffee at 10 am. The walk starts at 10.30 am and drops down to the Kilcott Valley to pick up the Monarch's Way to Tresham. The Cotswold ridge is followed to Alderley; we return to Hillesley via field footpaths. Lunch available at the Inn after the walk, if required.
Saturday 19 September 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6.0 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village West of Stroud
Starting Point Roadside on the Winstone to Sapperton road near the crossroads for Edgeworth and Duntisbourne Lear
A walk to explore the woods, fields, meadows, and waterways in late summer. Visiting Edgeworth, Trillis, Oakridge, Siccaridge, Sapperton, and Pinbury. Pub lunch available at the Daneway or bring a packed lunch.
Sunday 20 September 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park
Minibus transport [£4] departs promptly at 10am to Upper Swainswick. Booking essential on 01179371333. The walk takes in Little Solsbury Hill [NT] for stunning views over Bath, a wild wood and then climbs Ramscombe Bottom to Charmy Down airfield, Tadwick,Tog Hill, Doynton and back. Please bring a packed lunch.