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 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 Vin Kelly on 07761 565661.


Upcoming Guided Walks

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Tuesday 09 February 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Winchcombe, Back Lane Car Park (Pay and Display £1 per day)
This is the second 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. Lunch is available from The Pheasant at Toddington.
Wednesday 10 February 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stroud
Starting Point Shortwood Car Park (aka Cripplegate)
Via Bird in Hand and Scottsquar Hill to Edge and Stockend, then a return along the Cotswold Way, mainly on good tracks and quiet roads. Wonderful views across the Painswick Valley and Severn Vale. Lunch available in nearby pubs.
Saturday 13 February 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village South of Charlbury
Starting Point Finstock Primary School
This is a family walk from Finstock to Shakenoak Farm through Wilcote. We cross a Roman Road and visit two "wells" on the way. We pass through ancient woodland and open fields on our return where there will be an opportunity to take lunch at The Plough Inn.
Sunday 14 February 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 9.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Sherston
Starting Point High Street, Sherston
A flat walk to Leighterton passing through Westonbirt Arboretum. We return via Didmarton and the source of the Sherston Avon. Please bring a packed lunch. Pub stop for drink only.
Tuesday 16 February 2016 - 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.
Tuesday 16 February 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village On the A3400 between Chipping Norton and Shipston on Stour
Starting Point The Red Lion, Long Compton CV36 5JS
A circular walk exploring the hills around the village of Long Compton which includes some steep ascents and descents. Pub lunch available after the walk.
Tuesday 16 February 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Kingscote
Starting Point Hunters Hall Inn Car Park, Kingscote. By arrangement
The walk passes down through a secluded valley before passing through Kingscote Wood and Horsley Wood, which have provided timber throughout the centuries. Meals available at the inn following the walk, if required.
Thursday 18 February 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Long Compton near Shipston-on-Stour
Starting Point Cherington Arms. Please park considerately in the village
The second of two delightful walks in the North Cotswolds. This one takes us from Cherington to Little Wolford and back with wonderful views in every direction. Please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 20 February 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village South of Cheltenham
Starting Point Barrow Wake View Point car park 1 mile north of Birdlip off B4070
Crickley Hill; Ullenwood; Salterley Grange; Leckhampton Hill; Hartley Hill, Coberley and Shab Hill. Bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 20 February 2016 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 7 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Off B4077 between Toddington and Teddington Hands north of Winchcombe
Starting Point Gardeners' Arms Public House in Alderton
This is a figure-of-eight walk; 7 miles in the morning; pub lunch available in Alderton, and 4 miles in the afternoon. It takes in 2 of the Cotswold outlying hills, Oxenton and Dumbleton.
Sunday 21 February 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Odd Down, Bath.
Starting Point Odd Down Park and Ride
A walk into the valleys South of Odd Down, where Nature has overtaken the remains of the extensive industry which was once there. Wonderful views! Coffee stop only. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Sunday 21 February 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Amberley
Starting Point Amberley Inn, Amberley. Not the Inn car park please.
A walk around Amberley, Minchinhampton and Box looking at Arts and Crafts buildings and exploring the history of the Arts & Crafts movement in the area.
Wednesday 24 February 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village 4 miles north east of Charlton Kings (east of Cheltenham)
Starting Point Cleeve Common Radio Masts
Traverse a dormant butterfly reserve, visit West Down and Warden's Wood, admire West Wood and ponder Wontley Farm. A hilly but less exposed and less well known area of Cleeve Common and its environs.
Thursday 25 February 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 7 miles
Nearest Town/Village Ilmington
Starting Point Ilmington War Memorial
Starting in the North Cotswold village of Ilmington, we visit Darlingscott before turning west and passing Foxcote House. We then ascend one of the most northerly Cotswold hills, before returning to Ilmington. Muddy paths likely. Pub in Ilmington, but bring packed lunch. Please park considerately in the village.
Friday 26 February 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cheltenham
Starting Point The Green Dragon Public House Cockleford.GL53 9NW
A walk alongside the River Churn then climbs up to Elkstone and through the village towards Cowley Wood and returning to Cockleford
Sunday 28 February 2016 - 9:30a
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village On the A3400 Stratford to Chipping Norton road
Starting Point Long Compton - Lych Gate by the Parish Church
Explore the landscapes of the Cotswolds on this walk to Chastleton and Evenlode. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 01 March 2016 - 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.
Thursday 03 March 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Broadway
Starting Point Stanton Village Car Park
We will walk up to the Guildhouse where we will hear about the history and philosophy of this Arts & Crafts centre, before climbing the scarp and returning via Buckland.
Friday 04 March 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Pulteney Bridge,Bath (Opposite Victoria Art Gallery)
A circular walk from Bath's Pulteney Bridge via Alexandra Park, Lyncombe Vale and Sydney Gardens. Coffee stop only. Start only 10 mins. from Bus/Railway station. Not suitable for pushchairs [Steps!]
Saturday 05 March 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6.0 hours
Distance 9.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Minchinhampton
Starting Point Car park adjacent to Minchinhampton church (Off Bell Lane).
A walk over rolling Cotswold landscape passing through attractive villages into the head of the Avening valley with industrial heritage. Some steep valley paths. Picnic lunch with short pub stop.