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

 

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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)
Tuesday 24 January 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Campden. The Market Hall is in the centre of Chipping Campden. There is limited street parking and two small car parks in Back Ends.
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall, High Street
Continuing our interest in the Arts and Crafts movement we will walk to Broad Campden and see some of the buildings redesigned by craftsmen in the early C20th. Our route takes in a loop before returning via the Old Silk Mill in Chipping Campden, the original workshop of the craftsmen.
Wednesday 25 January 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stow on the Wold
Starting Point Adelstrop Village Hall [£1 donation]
From Adelstrop to Chastleton, Oakham Hill and Salford, returning via Cornwell and Daylesford Hill Farm. With literary and TV connections, an historic house and archetectural interest. Possible pub stop but please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 27 January 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bourton-on-the -Water
Starting Point Bourton-on-the-Water Station Road Car Park (pay and display)
A circular walk along the Windrush River, then over the ridge to the beautiful Upper and Lower Slaughter villages, where the walk turns to follow the River Eye. The Wardens Way takes the walk back to Bourton, a good location for lunch.
Friday 27 January 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cirencester; East on the A417 towards Fairford.
Starting Point Car Park of the Crown of Crucis
From Ampney Crucis across country to Ampney St Peter, across Ampney Brook to Driffield past the Manor House at Harnhill
Saturday 28 January 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bradford on Avon
Starting Point Upper Westwood Car park
A circular walk around the Westwoods, Iford, and Bradford on Avon. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs
Sunday 29 January 2017 - 9:30a
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village Signed off the B4437 Burford to Charlbury road.
Starting Point Ascott under Wychwood - village green
Discover the Neolithic on this walk in the Evenlode Valley. Please bring a packed lunch.
Wednesday 01 February 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Northleach 10miles South East of Cheltenham
Starting Point Hangman's Stone Layby about 1 or 2 miles west of Northleach on the oldroadtowards Compton Abdale and Cheltenham
Walking through Yanworth to Yanworth Mill and back through, Stowell Park estate and Hampnett. Cafés in Northleach (Old Prison) and pubs in Northleach and Puesdown.
Saturday 04 February 2017 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village North of Bishops Cleeve and South of Evesham, pub is on corner of A46 andStation Road Beckford
Starting Point Beckford Inn car park on A46 north of Teddington Hands Roundabout
This is a figure-of-eight walk, 7 miles to the top of Bredon Hill in the morning and 4 miles in the afternoon to Dumbleton Woods and back, leaving the Beckford Arms not before 1.45pm. Pub lunch available.
Tuesday 07 February 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.
Wednesday 08 February 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Andoversford
Starting Point Shipton Oliffe Church, park considerately in village
A circular walk around the upper reaches of the Coln Valley. We will take a meander from Shipton to Withington via Foxcote Hill and return following the Coln before climbing out of the valley to reach Shipton.
Thursday 09 February 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Frocester
Starting Point The George Inn, Frocester. Please park considerately at the roadside orasdirected by the walk leader.
Meet for coffee at 10:00. The walk starts at 10:30, taking us first to Leonard Stanley and on via Silver Street to Frocester Court, with its 13th century tithe barn and the possibility of new born lambs in the adjacent farm buildings. Food available at the George after the walk.
Sunday 12 February 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wick on the A420
Starting Point By Doynton Church
We walk through Wick Quarry to Golden Valley Nature Reserve and then have fine views of the Cotswold escarpment on crossing fields back to the start. Please bring a snack. Pub lunch afterwards maybe? Not suitable for push chairs
Tuesday 14 February 2017 - 10.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 4.5 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. .
Wednesday 15 February 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 3 miles south of Cheltenham, Hartley Lane is accessible from the A435 at SevenSprings or from Leckhampton Hill
Starting Point Brownstone Quarry, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill
A brief walk along part of the existing Cotswold Way with extensive views, followed by pleasant farmland. Spy a historic house and leave your heart in a historic church before traversing an abandoned section of the Cotswold Way. In the event of adverse weather please check website http://www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk/walking/
Sunday 19 February 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wotton under Edge
Starting Point Newark Park National Trust car park, by arrangement
Coffee available from 10:00. The walk starts at 10:30. with a gentle descent through the grounds of Newark Park to Ozleworth Bottom, thence to the village of Alderley where we join the Cotswold Way to complete our walk. Refreshments available after the walk at Newark or in local pubs.
Tuesday 21 February 2017 - 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 Inn, Long Compton CV36 5JS
A circular walk exploring the hills around the village of Long Compton which include some steep ascents and descents. Optional pub lunch at the end of the walk.
Friday 24 February 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bibury
Starting Point Car Park of the Catherine Wheel
Through Arlington Row up to Coneygar Wood towards Quenington, skirting Coln St Aldwyns and following the river back to Bibury
Friday 24 February 2017 - 9.30
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bourton-on-the -Water
Starting Point Bourton-on-the-Water, Car park near Co-op supermarket, Station road
Starting from the scenic village of Bourton-on-the-Water this circular walk goes cross-country to the villages of Clapton-on-the-Hill and Cold Aston. The walk returns to Bourton along the Windrush river.