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 2016/17 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 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!   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

 

Find Walks
Tuesday 06 December 2016 - 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 07 December 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 6 miles NE of Cirencester
Starting Point Bibury Church
Park alongside the River Coln in the village. Down the scenic Coln Valley to Ash Copse and Roman Akeman Street. Back via a dewpond. Lunch available at pubs in the village
Thursday 08 December 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village On the B4035 between Banbury and Shipston on Stour
Starting Point The George Lower Brailes OX15 5HN
This is a delightful walk in the Warwickshire area of the Cotswolds AONB with far reaching views across a patchwork of farmland. Optional pub lunch at the end of the walk
Friday 09 December 2016 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Longborough, Cotswold Food Store and Cafe on A424
Glorious distant views, villages, houses and maybe a battlefield. Terrain not too taxing but come prepared for some mud and stiles. If using Food Store car park please give your custom before or after the walk. Stock up for the day's packed lunch or refreshments, maybe?
Saturday 10 December 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 7 miles
Nearest Town/Village NORTH EAST OF STROUD
Starting Point MISERDEN CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL CAR PARK
LONG MORNING TO SUDGROVE; DUNTISBOURNE ABBOTS; WINSTONE AND MISERDEN PARK BRING A SNACK
Monday 12 December 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Hillesley
Starting Point Car Park at the Fleece Inn, Hillesley, by arrangement. Or in the car park adjacent to the village sports field.
A brisk walk along the Kilcott Valley precedes a stiff ascent on the Monarch's Way to Tresham. The route down to Alderley offers great views before following the Cotswold Way back to Hillesley. Lunch and refreshments available after the walk at the Inn, if required.
Tuesday 13 December 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Selsley
Starting Point The Bell Inn, Selsley, approximately one mile south of Stroud on the B4066.
Meet at 10:00 for coffee. The walk starts at 10:30, heading south to Woodchester. We circumnavigate the National Trust owned Boundary Court, before returning to the start via Dingle Wood and Selsley Common. Food available at the Inn after the walk.
Thursday 15 December 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Stow-on-the-Wold town car park adjoining Tesco
A walk through historic Stow and some of the nearby villages/hamlets, the precise route depending on the weather and underfoot conditions.
Friday 30 December 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 5 miles South East of Cheltenham and near to Andoversford
Starting Point Kilkenny View point car park
A stroll along the edge of Foxcote Hill then across the horse gallops at Thorndale Farm and Shipton Golf Course returning through Foxcote village.
Sunday 01 January 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Leckhampton
Starting Point Daisy Bank Road Car Park on minor road East off Leckhampton hill (bottom end).
Visiting Charlton Kings Common, Hartley, Coberley, Barber Wood. and Leckhampton Hill Postcode for start location GL53 9QG
Sunday 01 January 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Cross Keys Pub, South Stoke Road, Combe Down
A New Year's Day walk to Upper Midford, Combe Hay village and walking part of the disused Somersetshire Coal Canal. Coffee stop only. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Tuesday 03 January 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 06 January 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Churchill Church - Please park tidily on the verge.
The pleasant village of Churchill is tucked away in the far west of Oxfordshire not far from Chipping Norton. The village was home to two famous people who have left their mark in different ways. A lovely interesting walk and weather permitting far reaching views of the Evenlode valley.
Tuesday 10 January 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 7 miles
Nearest Town/Village Moreton in Marsh
Starting Point Little Compton GL56 0LR - tidily on the roadside near the Manor
The Rollright Stones, steeped in history and folklore are located on a prehistoric trackway. They were a sacred place for our ancestors from around 3,000BC. The purpose of the King's Stone still eludes us but The King's Men stone circle is thought to have been a meeting place. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 13 January 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.0 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Hawkesbury Upton
Starting Point Beaufort Arms pub, Hawkesbury Upton
Meet for coffee at 10:00. The walk starts at 10:30, descending to the historic St Mary's church in Hawkesbury, and on to Lower Kilcott via Hillesley. We return to the start using the Macmillan Way. Lunch available at the pub after the walk, if required.
Sunday 15 January 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Winchcombe, Back Lane Car Park (pay and display £1)
This walk uses 8 'Ways' - the Cotswold, Isbourne, Gloucestershire, Salt, Winchcombe, St Kenelm, Warden's and Windrush. From Winchcombe, we climb steeply up Fluke's Hill then across to St Kenelm's Well. We pass Parks Farm and stop for lunch at Waterhatch before walking along the Sudeley valley back to Winchcombe.
Tuesday 17 January 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Ebrington
Starting Point Ebrington Village Hall (Voluntary contribution of £1 per car)
A second walk taking in some of the boundary stones installed by the Ebrington Diamond Jubilee Committee marking where each adjoining parish meets Ebrington parish. This time we will see the stones at Stretton-on-Fosse and Blockley. Please bring a packed lunch.
Wednesday 18 January 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Painswick on A46
Starting Point Church yard opposite the Falcon Inn on A46
From Painswick up to the edge of the escarpment at Huddinknoll. Then onwards to join the Cotswold way and back into Painswick along the stream. Car park in Stammages lane (P& D)
Friday 20 January 2017 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village Guiting is about 7 miles west of Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Guiting Power village hall car park (donations)
We will be following various valleys, high ground and woodland of this secluded part of the Cotswolds. Ancient settlements, tobacco plantations and Estates feature in our route. Bring pack lunch.
Friday 20 January 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Marshfield on the A420
Starting Point Market Place, Marshfield
Starting on the High Street, this walk drops into a typical Cotswold Combe that comprises St Catherine's valley before taking upland paths back to Marshfield via woodlands and hidden houses. A late pub lunch available afterwards at the Catherine Wheel, Marshfield. (01225 892220 to book)