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 25 February 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Upton Cheney
Starting Point Upton Inn Car Park
From Upton Cheney to Beach before ascending Hanging Hill, following the Cotswold Way to Pipley Wood. then descending to North Stoke and back to Upton Cheney for lunch in the Upton Inn. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Wednesday 01 March 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village North west of Chedworth
Starting Point Old airfield at Chedworth
Postcombe, Withington Woods, Withington, along the River Coln and back via Chedworth Nature Reserve
Friday 03 March 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Winchcombe, Back Lane Car Park (pay and display £1)
A look at the lovely countryside around Winchcombe as spring starts to arrive. Pub lunch available after the walk.
Sunday 05 March 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Signed off the A436 east of Stow on the Wold
Starting Point Bledington - village green by the Kings Head Inn.
Discover the Iron Age on this walk to Chastleton Hill Fort. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 07 March 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.
Thursday 09 March 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Greedy Goose pub on A44
A walk across the centuries where we see an ancient cattle enclosure, very modern equestrian facilities and everything in between! The walk on the whole is on good tracks and field paths. Pub lunch available at the end of the walk.
Thursday 09 March 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bourton-on-the-Water
Starting Point Bourton-on-the-Water War Memorial
An early spring walk to the north of Bourton. We will take some little known paths to Hyde Mill before returning on the well-known Ways.
Saturday 11 March 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
Sunday 12 March 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.0 hours
Distance 9.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Rodmarton
Starting Point Rodmarton Village, near the church. Please park considerately in the village.
A walk from Rodmarton via Tarlton and Coates to the Tunnel House Inn, and Hazelton Manor. Little known ways and villages, taking in the Severn Thames Canal. Picnic lunch, pub stop for drink only.
Monday 13 March 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Tetbury
Starting Point Tetbury Tourist Information Office. Suggested free parking at the Old Railway Station Yard car park
A circular walk from Tetbury passing Highgrove House and Westonbirt School, the former home of the Holford family. We stop at Westonbirt golf course for a break and return to Tetbury via a bridleway, passing Doughton Manor. Refreshments available after the walk in the town, if required.
Tuesday 14 March 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Spendlove Centre, Charlbury OX7 3PQ
Walk along the Oxfordshire Way to Stonesfield with views over the Evenlode. Then through Kingswood joining Shakespeare's Way to Ditchley Park with views of the house. Return route to Charlbury via Grim's Ditch. Packed lunch can be eaten in the Rose and Crown Charlbury.
Wednesday 15 March 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 5.25 miles
Nearest Town/Village Painswick on A46
Starting Point Church yard opposite the Falcon Inn on A46
From Painswick over the Frith to Slad. Return via Juniper hill and Sheephouse. Car park in Stammages lane (P& D)
Thursday 16 March 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stanton
Starting Point Stanton Car Park (free)
A varied walk exploring the Stanway estate looking at how water is used and managed, including a visit to the working flourmill (admission charge £3). Climbing up through the woods we will see restored tures and how the famous fountain gets its supply of water. Return to Stanton via Shenbarrow.
Sunday 19 March 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.0 hours
Distance 9.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Sherston
Starting Point Sherston High Street
The walk follows the Avon through Pinkney Park and Easton Grey to lunch at Shipton Moyne. We return through parkland and the village of Westonbirt. Pub stop for drink only.
Tuesday 21 March 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Charlbury
Starting Point Spelsbury. Please park tidily near the church
A circular walk through Dean and Chadlington including part of the route dedicated to highwayman Claude Duvall. Lunches available in Charlbury pubs or the "Deli and Cafe" after the walk.
Thursday 23 March 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Moreton in Marsh
Starting Point Little Compton, Church of St Denys, Church Lane. Please park considerately in the village
A walk to Chastleton and then along the Macmillan Way with far reaching views. The return is via Wheelbarrow Castle with more distant views.
Friday 24 March 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Uley
Starting Point Prema café, Uley, 2 miles east of Dursley. The café is situated down asignposted street opposite the village shop. Please park considerately in thevillage.
Meet for coffee at 10:00. The walk starts at 10:30 to Elcombe, followed by climbs to Cam Peak, the fine ridge walk of Cam Long Down and the magnificent hill fort of Uley Bury, before descending to the start point. Lunch available at the café and at the Crown Inn.
Saturday 25 March 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village SOUTH EAST OF STROUD
Starting Point OAKRIDGE RECREATIONAL GROUND ROADSIDE PARKING NEAR VILLAGE HALL
THAMES AND SEVERN CANAL; FRAMPTON WOOD; SAPPERTON; HEN AND DORVEL WOODS; DANEWAY BANKS; FAR OAKRIDGE; ILES GREEN. PUB AVAILABLE OR BRING A PACKED LUNCH
Sunday 26 March 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Limpley Stoke
Starting Point Dundas Marina Car Park
We walk to Monkton Combe, Midford, Pipehouse, Iford, Upper Westwood, Freshford and Limpley Stoke, returning along the Kennet and Avon canal. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Sunday 26 March 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.0 hours
Distance 9.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village King's Stanley
Starting Point Kings Stanley village free car park
Starting in the village the walk proceeds via Leonard Stanley to the Cotswold Way via Coaley Peak to Uley Bury and Nympsfield for lunch. Return via Buckholt Wood and Stanley Wood to the start. Picnic lunch with lunch stop.