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 01 April 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village 2.5 miles east of Cirencester
Starting Point Crown of Crucis Inn car park Ampney Crucis (on A417)
A route around the churches of the Ampney Brook valley. The walk is mostly flat with a number of stiles and some road walking and crossings.
Tuesday 07 April 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 4.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wotton Under Edge
Starting Point Roadside parking at the top of the Old London Road leading from Wotton Under Edge to the B4058.
A relatively short and level walk designed for all ages, particularly parents with children, although unsuitable for pushchairs or buggies. The walk through Westridge Woods offers superb views from the Cotswold Edge, with the opportunity for young and old to appreciate the wide variety of local trees and wild flowers.
Tuesday 07 April 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Bath & Chippenham overlooking the By-Brook valley
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.
Friday 10 April 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 10 April 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Slad
Starting Point Bulls Cross (off the B4070)
A strenuous walk in the Upper Slad Valley and Dillay. It may be rough underfoot with steep ascents and descents but the views make the effort worthwhile. Pub lunch available nearby at the walk end.
Sunday 12 April 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park
Minbus transport [£4] departs promptly at 10am to Castle Combe. After the village, we cross the golf course to Nettleton Mill and follow the Broadmead Brook back to Dyrham via West Kington. Please bring a picnic lunch. Booking essential on 01225 892374
Monday 13 April 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Kingscote
Starting Point Hunters Hall Inn, Kingscote, by arrangement.
Meet for coffee at 10 am. The walk starts at 10:30 am and passes through Kingscote village and on to Tiltups End via Hazlecote Lane. We return via Hartley Bridge and Kingscote. Lunch available at the Inn after the walk, if required.
Tuesday 14 April 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 6 miles west of Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Temple Guiting Village Hall
A beautiful and varied walk from St Mary's,Temple Guiting taking in the hamlets of Farmcote and Cutsdean and a section of the Cotswold escarpment at Cromwell's seat. Several short hills and stiles. Please bring a packed lunch. Accessible loo at St Mary's.
Tuesday 14 April 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village King's Stanley
Starting Point King's Stanley public car park adjacent to the King's Head pub (not the sports field car park).
A walk along paths and tracks through the Kings Stanley Parish.
Friday 17 April 2015 - 09.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Campden is the Cotswold's most northern town
Starting Point Chipping Campden Town Square
A chance to see the Cotswold hills' northern edge, beyond the Cotswold Way. We take the Heart of England Way, then go over Ilmington Downs enjoying views over South Warwickshire and descend into Ilmington. Return is via Foxcote and Ebrington. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 21 April 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Icomb church. Please park considerately in the village.
A circuit from Icomb via Wyck Rissington on parts of the Diamond Way. Excellent views over the Evenlode and Windrush Valleys and beyond.
Thursday 23 April 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 9 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 down the historic high street via Upton Wold to Snowshill, returning via Snowshill Hill, Far Upton Wold and the Diamond Way. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 24 April 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 24 April 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Slip road for Swainswick, East of the A46, 3.3 miles from Cold Ashton roundabout at the A46/A420 junction.
Just outside Bath we start in a surprisingly secluded area walking through delightful combes before rising to Lansdown and visiting the Civil War battlefield. Pub stop for drinks available at Blathwayt Arms, Lansdown. To be flexible please bring a packed lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Friday 24 April 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.25 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Miserden
Starting Point Carpenters Arms Miserden
Join us on a circular walk from Miserden through Duntisbourne Abbots and Winstone with varying countryside. Exploring open country and villages returning across the River Frome through Miserden Estate woodland. Two moderate climbs.
Saturday 25 April 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Charlbury between Chipping Norton and Woodstock
Starting Point Spendlove Centre, Charlbury
From Charlbury across the river walking through fields to the Medieval church of Shorthampton with fine wall paintings. Then continuing along the Evenlode valley to the second church with an impressive array of memorials. Lunch options in Charlbury on return.
Saturday 25 April 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cranham Village.
Starting Point County Scout Headquarters car park, Cranham Village. GL4 8HP
A light hearted look at how the hill top villages regarded one another, their industry, customs, and the importance of boundaries. Pub snacks available or bring a picnic. Off A46 between Brockworth and Painswick or off B4070 between Birdlip and Stroud then follow signs to Scout HQ
Sunday 26 April 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Marshfield, on the A420
Starting Point Lay-By off the A420 West of Marshfield.
A circular walk down the valley to St Catherine's Court and Motcombe Wood. Please bring a picnic lunch. Some steep hills! Not suitable for pushchairs.
Sunday 26 April 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.
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.