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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Wednesday 23 August 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Banbury
Starting Point Holy Trinity Church, Sibford Gower OX15 5RN
From Sibford we go south down Ditchedge Lane to Traitor's Ford and then east to Swalcliffe Common and village where we take a look at the historic tithe barn. We will the return to Sibford via Blenheim Farm, Chilaway Farm and Burdrop. Possible pub stop but please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 25 August 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.7 miles
Nearest Town/Village Seven Springs 3 miles south of Cheltenham on the A435
Starting Point The Seven Springs pub
A stroll to Upper Coberley then along The Gloucestershire Way to Pegglesworth and returning along The Cotswold Way via Wistley Hill. Parking at Seven Springs Pub Car Park by kind permission of the Licensee, or Seven Springs lay by
Saturday 26 August 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 7 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chedworth
Starting Point Disused Chedworth airfield, 1.5 miles NW of Chedworth on the Compton Abdale Road
Visiting Chedworth, Coln Rogers, Coln St Dennis, Stowell Park and Chedworth Woods. A valley walk with echoes of a country at war. Pub or picnic lunch
Sunday 27 August 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6.0 hours
Distance 10.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Kings Stanley
Starting Point Kings Stanley free car park, adjacent to the King's Head pub.
The walk descends into the Nailsworth Valley via Woodchester to see the vineyards and other places of interest then climbs up to Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons. We descend again to the Stroudwater canal towards Stonehouse and the vineyards at Doverow and return. Picnic lunch stop and pub at Amberley.
Wednesday 30 August 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cheltenham
Starting Point The Hungry Horse, Seven Springs, at junction of A436 and A435 two miles south of Cheltenham. Please park at far end of car park
The mystery revealed. We will start by following the Cotswold Way over Leckhampton Hill with far-reaching views to the Malverns and into Wales. Walk takes in a mixture of woodland, common and cultivated land, and a pretty Village. Possible views over to the Marlborough Downs later on.
Friday 01 September 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 7.5 hours
Distance 7.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Box on the A4 East of Bath
Starting Point Selwyn Hall car park, Box
A linear walk so car share to the start from Castle Combe. An Easy walk unless it has been wet! Long Dean, Ford,and Slaughterford villages but there are some hills! Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Sunday 03 September 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.0 hours
Distance 9.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wotton Under Edge
Starting Point Chipping Car Park, Wotton Under Edge
The walk takes us through Wortley to Tresham and descends an attractive valley to lunch at Hillesley. Pub stop for drink only. We return through Nind nature reserve and Kingswood to Wotton in time for an optional Town Hall Tea..
Tuesday 05 September 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.
Friday 08 September 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Winchcombe and Cheltenham
Starting Point Cleeve Hill Quarry Car Park - turn off the B4632 at the summit, signposted to the Golf Club, down narrow track over cattle grid, left and right into car park.
Cleeve Common has become the botanist's delight it is today because of centuries of human activity. This walk, with the expertise of Tim Copeland, landscape archaeologist, will show us the hidden traces of its history from the Bronze Age to World War II.
Friday 08 September 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 5.25 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chalford Hill to the north east of Stroud
Starting Point Old Neighbourhood Inn Chalford Hill Stroud - with permission from the landlord
A varied walk down through the village of Chalford into the Golden Valley, up through Oakridge Lynch and back via Bournes Green. Descent into valley is down steep steps but with handrail. There are 2 short ascents and 7stiles. Mostly on footpaths and lanes.Lunch available at Old Neighbourhood.
Saturday 09 September 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 4 hours
Distance 2 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Witney and Long Hanborough
Starting Point North Leigh Common Car Park
The walk starts with a tree trail on North Leigh Common. After a walk of 2 miles we arrive at a Roman Villa and have a quiz trail to find out about the people who once lived here. Please bring a picnic. Some car sharing - please refer to website.
Saturday 09 September 2017 - 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 farm land and along part of the Cotswold Way, passing historic points of interest along the way. No park admission fees for those participating in the walk. Not suitable for pushchairs
Tuesday 12 September 2017 - 18:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2 hours
Distance 4 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Hensington Road free Car Park Woodstock OX201JF
This short walk on public rights of way around the Blenheim Estate looks for traces of its historic past. From Henry ll and his mistress to Princess Elizabeth 1st, the Dukes of Marlborough and more Recently Sir Winston Churchill.
Wednesday 13 September 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Painswick
Starting Point Cranham roadside by the school
A stretching very scenic woodland ramble with some steeper ascents out to Coopers Hill and up to the Nature reserve. Then back along the Cotswold Way and return via Painswick stream.
Saturday 16 September 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stroud
Starting Point Stratford Park Leisure Centre Park, (Meet at the far end). Stroud. GL5 4AF Off the A46
A walk covering a varied landscape. Passing through Stroud's historic mills and restored canal system. Skirting the western Cotswolds near to Stonehouse then climbing to the hilltop villages of Randwick and Whiteshill. Pub snacks available or bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 16 September 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Temple Guiting is on a minor road off the B4077 near Ford. The village hall is adjacent to the school. Honesty Box for carparking.
Starting Point Temple Guiting Village Hall car park
A walk through the villages, inhabited and deserted, exploring life in the area across the centuries from Neolithic times to present day. Lunch available at Hailes Fruit Farm.
Friday 22 September 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Car park in Kingham next to the school OX7 6YD
Starting in the pleasant village of Kingham this walk rarely loses sight of the River Evenlode which inspired a couple of writers in the early 20th Century. Also on the walk is the opportunity to visit a church which features in Simon Jenkins book "Englands 1000 Best Churches.
Saturday 23 September 2017 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village East of Winchcombe, west of Stow
Starting Point Temple Guiting village hall car park
The walk passes through a local estate near Temple Guiting. Our focus will be on its early 19th-century listed barn, horse-engine house and farmhouse. Bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 23 September 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.0 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Sherston
Starting Point Castle Combe Car Park
Car share to the start of the walk in Sherston. We follow one of the branches of the Bristol river Avon to Luckington and then Littleton Drew before entering the Burton Brook valley, which becomes the Bybrook at Castle Combe. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Sunday 24 September 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wellow, South of Bath
Starting Point Wellow free Old Station Car Park
A circular walk from Wellow to Combe Hay, using the disused Camerton to Limpley stoke line and the Somerset and Dorset line Please bring a packed lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs but fine for families.