Guided walks across the Cotswolds

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 can offer tailor-made walks to groups, subject to the availability of walk leaders.

 


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 2017/18 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, in the summer walkers should bring their own packed lunch, while in Autumn and Winter the group stops at pleasant inns en route. For further information on this walk and to reserve places contact Linda on 01242 604155 or lblackwell58@icloud.com

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!   If walks are fully booked we do run a waiting list.


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 Vin Kelly on 07761 565661.


Upcoming Guided Walks

 

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Saturday 21 October 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Whichford village Green
Using the MacMillan Way we go to Long Compton via Whichford Wood, hopefully enjoying some autumn colours. We then make our way up South Hill and on to Little Rollright and the Rollright Stones with its fascinating stories. Please bring a packed lunch. Pub available the end of the walk.
Sunday 22 October 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 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.
Monday 23 October 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Hawkesbury Upton, south of Wotton Under Edge. Access from Hillesley or the A46 at Dunkirk.
Starting Point Beaufort Arms pub car park, Hawkesbury Upton.
From the Beaufort Arms we walk through the village to the church and on to Horton Court. Our return is via sections of the Monarch's Way and the Cotswold Way, then across fields to our start point. Lunch available at the pub if required.
Tuesday 24 October 2017 - 10.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 4.25 miles
Nearest Town/Village Marshfield on the A420.
Starting Point Market Place, Marshfield
A morning walk along the High Street of this small medieval market town to the Almshouses, then taking bridleways South to Ashwicke and returning through the fields on footpaths (No stiles).. Lunch choice of 2 pubs or a tea shop afterwards.
Wednesday 25 October 2017 - 10 am
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Crickley Hill is signposted off the A436 near the Air Balloon PH
Starting Point Crickley Hill Car Park (pay & display)
The walk starts at Crickley Hill and continues along the Cotswold Way with outstanding views of the Severn Vale. It passes Ullenwood, climbs South Hill and passes Birdlip Radio Station on the way to Barrow Wake and back to Crickley.
Friday 27 October 2017 - 10 am
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.45 hours
Distance 6.2 miles
Nearest Town/Village Lechlade
Starting Point Lechlade High St
This walk has been cancelled.
Saturday 28 October 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Mickleton
Starting Point Mickleton Church, park considerately
A circular walk taking in Hidcote Bartrim and the Foxcote estate. A long, steady uphill stretch at the beginning and a short but steep climb about halfway. Please bring a packed lunch.
Sunday 29 October 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 9.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wotton Under Edge
Starting Point Chipping Car Park, Wotton Under Edge
A walk along the Cotswold escarpment to North Nibley and then down to Charfield for lunch. We return to Wotton via Kingswood and learn of the unsolved mystery at Churchdown. Bring a packed lunch, pub stop for drink only.
Sunday 29 October 2017 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Ford on the A420
Starting Point White Hart Inn, Ford
From Ford we follow the Macmillan way to Weavern farm to enter Colerne Wood where Wardens have coppiced areas over many years. A small demonstration may be possible, weather permitting, and you will see deer fencing around the most recent work. Please bring drinks. Return via Thickwood. Pub lunch available afterwards.
Thursday 02 November 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point New Street Car Park Chipping Norton OX7 5LJ
A 5-6 mile walk never far from Oxfordshire's highest town of Chipping Norton. The almost circular route is varied starting right in the town and gradually making headway into open countryside. Lots of choices for a nice lunch afterwards in the town.
Thursday 02 November 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Northleach
Starting Point Northleach Market Square
The walk starts from the ancient wool town of Northleach with its many 15th and 16th century buildings. We cross rolling farmland, lakes and streams to the tiny village of Farmington famed for its local stone. Lunch is available at the end of the walk at pubs and cafes.
Saturday 04 November 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 7 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Slip road for Swainswick East of A46,3.3 Milesfrom Cold Ashton roundabout at the A46/A420 junction
A hilly walk, traversing the southern aspect of Charmy down and steeply ascending its Eastern side. Crossing the WW2 airfield South to North we drop to Monkswood reservoir, then pass Hartley Farm back to the start. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Tuesday 07 November 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Colerne, 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.
Wednesday 08 November 2017 - 10 am
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cirencester
Starting Point Outside Cirencester Parish Church, Market Place
A walk into the countryside from the centre of Cirencester. Includes mediaeval town streets and a visit to see the Saxon carvings in Daglingworth church. Come by bus or park in long stay car parks (Beeches car park GL7 1BW, SP 028019 or Waterloo car park GL7 2PY, SP 026021)
Thursday 09 November 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Broadway
Starting Point Broadway Green
This walk, which takes interesting and less used paths up and back from the Broadway Tower, starts off by passing The Bindery, the studio of Katherine Adams, half-way up the High Street. She was an arts and crafts bookbinder and very celebrated in her time. We will learn more on the walk.
Friday 10 November 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Kingscote
Starting Point Hunters Hall Inn car park, Kingscote, by arrangement.
An easy stroll along the valley from Kingscote through local woods to Horsley. We return via Lower Hazlecote with attractive woodland and valley views. Lunch available at the inn after the walk, if required.
Saturday 11 November 2017 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village B road off A46 at Beckford north of Cheltenham
Starting Point Outside Roman Catholic church in Kemerton. To the north of the B road through Conderton and Overbury, first right turn on entry to Kemerton. Church is immediately on left.
An autumn walk on Bredon Hill considering the lives of women of international renown who were associated with the Hill. Pub lunch available at Ashton under Hill.
Sunday 12 November 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wick on the A420
Starting Point By Doynton Church
We follow the river Boyd towards the M4 and then pass through Hinton and ascend to Hinton Hill Fort before following the Cotswold Way through Dyrham village to Dyrham Wood. Good views of Doynton on the descent back to the start. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs
Tuesday 14 November 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Hawkesbury Upton
Starting Point Village Hall, Hawkesbury Upton
A morning walk down two coombs to Curtis Mill and thence to the Midger nature reserve. Our return journey takes us through the Kilcott Valley and along the Cotswold Way. Lunch available locally after the walk, if required.
Thursday 16 November 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Witney
Starting Point The Bird in Hand, Whiteoak Green OX29 9XP
A walk along ancient tracks incorporating parts of the Roman Akeman Street and a wartime airfield. Pub lunch at end of walk.