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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 email@example.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
Saturday 27 August 2016 - 10:00
We take the Monarch's Way to the east before turning south to Long Newton and into the valley of the Avon (Tetbury branch). We continue south to Brokenborough via Shipton Mill and the Fosse Way. The walk returns via Shipton Moyne and Estcourt Park. Picnic lunch with pub stop.
Tuesday 30 August 2016 - 10:00
This short walk around the Blenheim Estate looks for traces of its historic past. During the 12th Century Henry II kept his mistress in the manor house and 300 years later Princess Elizabeth was imprisoned there. In 1704 the estate passed to John Churchill who built the magnificent palace.
Friday 02 September 2016 - 10:00
The walk crosses a railway, busy roads, farmland with livestock & stiles to the Stroudwater Canal. We encounter buildings of architectural & industrial interest and an area of ancient woodland. Bring refreshments and be prepared for wet ground.
Saturday 03 September 2016 - 10:00
From Chipping Norton to Salford and Long Compton to pick up the Shakespeare's Way and return via Little Rollright, visiting the lovely unspoilt church there and Salford [again!] A varied walk with hills and views. Please bring a packed lunch although there is a possible pub lunch.
Monday 05 September 2016 - 10:00
This mainly level walk first takes us to Wiltshire Bridge. We pass an impressive tithe barn, then follow the Monarch's Way to a disused WW1 airfield. We pause at Long Newnton Church before returning to Tetbury. Lunch available locally after the walk, if required.
Tuesday 06 September 2016 - 10.00
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 September 2016 - 10.00
The walk takes us across several wide valleys with sweeping views, past two dovecotes, and close to an Iron Age Hill Fort and Roman Villa site. It includes a church visit and a number of stiles. Lunch available at the Old Prison after the walk, or at a Northleach pub.
Friday 09 September 2016 - 9.30
From Great Rissington the route goes south, picking up the Windrush and walking along to its namesake village, then to Barrington before heading home via Little Rissington. A mix of meadow and high arable fields and paths, little road walking. Possible pub stop, but packed lunch preferred.
Friday 09 September 2016 - 10.00
A circular route on tracks, quiet roads and fields passing through the villages of Upper Coberley, Cowley and Coberley. GL53 9NG
Friday 09 September 2016 - 10.00
A circular walk through the old deer park, along the Cotswold Way,around Dyrham wood to Doynton and Wick Quarry, before picking up the Monarch's way and returning on the old Bristol-London Turnpike, now just a footpath! Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Saturday 10 September 2016 - 10.00
In this final circular walk celebrating the Cotswolds AONB, we consider how the boundaries have been changed since its formation. We start outside the AONB, climbing Bredon Hill looking down over villages that were included or excluded in extending the boundaries. Please bring picnic lunch.
Sunday 11 September 2016 - 10.00
The fourth stage of a 40 mile walk around Bath showing the setting of the City in the landscape. Car share to take you to Saltford for the start of the walk. Saltford, Upton Cheney, South Stoke and Cotswold Way back to Cold Ashton. Please bring a picnic lunch.
Wednesday 14 September 2016 - 10:00
"Heaven on Earth" was how William Morris described Kelmscott, a hidden corner of the Cotswolds, where he spent the final 25 years of his life. An easy walk across fields and along the Thames Path. Lunch afterwards in the village or at The Manor which is open.
Friday 16 September 2016 - 10:00
Meet for coffee at 10am. The walk starts at 10:30. The Cotswold Way leads us
along the escarpment to the village of Wortley and our return route to Wotton.
The walk offers splendid views over the Severn Vale, weather permitting. Lunch
available in Wotton after the walk, if required.
Sunday 18 September 2016 - 10:00
A walk towards Radley and Ratley along the scarp edge. Please park considerately on the roadside in the village and bring a packed lunch.
Friday 23 September 2016 - 10.00
A pleasant woodland walk which takes in Lynches Wood and Weston Park. Although not a long walk, there are three fairly steep ascents.
Sunday 25 September 2016 - 10.00
From Wellow, outward climb to Hinton Charterhouse, walking through three small woods, Hankley, Twinhoford and Clive, and returning via Upper Bagridge farm. Please bring a drink and snack.
Wednesday 28 September 2016 - 10.00
A walk along the Painswick valley past five mills. Returning via Painswick Beacon along the Cotswold Way in Painswick
Car parking is available at Stammages lane car park (Pay & Display).
Wednesday 28 September 2016 - 10.00
We walk along the River Windrush to Widford and then to Swinbrook church to see the Fettiplace Effigies and the Mitford family graves. Continuing along the Windrush we arrive at Asthall to see one of the Mitford family homes before returning via Fulbrook. Packed lunch and possible refreshments en route.
Friday 30 September 2016 - 10:00
When the Royalist army of 300 troops marched from Worcester towards Oxford in 1646 they were confronted by an army of Parliamentarians near to Stow on the Wold. More of this battle, and the toll it took, on the walk. Please bring a packed lunch.