Guided walks

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 2014/15 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, stopping for lunches 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!

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 Ann Colcomb on 01386 832131.

Upcoming Guided Walks

 

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Saturday 30 May 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 7 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Beckford is just off the A46 between Cheltenham and Evesham
Starting Point Beckford, outside Church
We will be on Bredon Hill exploring the evidence of boundaries related to settlements and land usage over thousands of years whilst enjoying magnificent views. Includes two ascents of the Hill. Pub lunch available in Elmley Castle or bring your own.
Saturday 30 May 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Kingscote
Starting Point Hunters Hall Inn, Kingscote, by arrangement.
The Reverend Alan Cornwall came from London to take up the parishes of Newington Bagpath and Owlpen in 1827. The walk recounts some of his experiences and visits places of historic and social interest during his ministry, which lasted over 40 years.
Sunday 31 May 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Wessex Water Car Park, Claverton Down, Bath
A circular walk on National Trust land South of Bath at Claverton Down with fine views overlooking the City and passing old quarry workings at "ampton rock". Not suitable for pushchairs. Coffee stop only. Thanks to Wessex Water for parking permission.
Tuesday 02 June 2015 - 2.30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
At the Market Hall join the Cotswold Wardens for a walk along Chipping Campden's beautiful High Street. Hear how the ancient town developed from the importance of wool through to the influence of The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested Donation £3.00.
Tuesday 02 June 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Colerne
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.
Tuesday 02 June 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Winchcombe & Broadway on B4632 -
Starting Point The Pheasant Pub, Toddington GL54 5DT at the intersection of the B4632 and the B4077.
Third in a series of five circular walks which will incorporate the whole of the new Isbourne Way, from the source of the Isbourne River to its confluence with the Avon near Evesham.
Tuesday 02 June 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Minchinhampton
Starting Point Car park off Bell Lane, MInchinhampton, alongside the Common behind the church.
A walk around parts of the Minchinhampton Parish including Old Common, Besbury Common, Minchinhampton Common and the village of Box
Thursday 04 June 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
At the Market Hall join the Cotswold Wardens for a walk along Chipping Campden's beautiful High Street.Hear how the ancient town has developed from the importance of wool through to the influence of The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Thursday 04 June 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Campden
Starting Point Blockley Village Green. Please park considerately in the village
We go to Batsford village where we will hear about its connections with the Mitford family. We take in views of Batsford House before returning along the Heart of England Way.
Friday 05 June 2015 - 2pm
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1 hours
Distance 1 1/2 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception
Saturday 06 June 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 4 hours
Distance 2 miles
Nearest Town/Village About 2 miles west of Chipping Norton just off the A44.
Starting Point Children's playground in Salford
After an easy walk to Village Farm, the Fawdry's, after refreshments, introduce their farm. Then follows a tractor and trailer tour around the farm highlighting some of the environmental work they are undertaking in conjunction with everyday farming methods. Please bring a picnic lunch. Booking essential 01993 831810
Saturday 06 June 2015 - 2pm
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2 hours
Distance 1 miles
Nearest Town/Village 4 miles south of Cheltenham
Starting Point Visitor centre of Crickley Hill Country Park
Explore the wild flower rich grasslands and archaeology of Crickley Hill Country Park. The walk will also look at the success of conservation grazing.
Sunday 07 June 2015 - 10am
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2 hours
Distance 4 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Chipping Norton Town Hall in the Market Square
A gentle stroll beginning and ending in the centre of Chipping Norton. The walk will include green lanes and the rich wildflower meadows in and around Glyme Farm.
Monday 08 June 2015 - 10am
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2 hours
Distance 3 miles
Nearest Town/Village Nymsfield
Starting Point Coaley Peak Picnic Site Car Park, between Uley and Selsley on the B4066
A leisurely walk over wildflower rich grassland and beech woodland, featuring views over the Severn Vale and a typical Cotswold village.
Tuesday 09 June 2015 - 2.30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
At the Market Hall join the Cotswold Wardens for a walk along Chipping Campden's beautiful High Street. Hear how the ancient town developed, from the importance of wool to the influence of the Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Tuesday 09 June 2015 - 3pm
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1 miles
Nearest Town/Village Sapperton
Starting Point Daneway Inn car park
A walk in the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust's Daneway Banks nature reserve. The Reserve Manager will lead the walk around this wonderful wildlife haven and explain what makes this nationally important grassland so special.
Tuesday 09 June 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe, north of Cheltenham.
Starting Point Cleeve Common Quarry car park (past Golf Club, over cattle grid)
Farming wildlife instead of wheat?! With Ellie Phillips (Conservation Officer) and David Stevenson (Ranger) from the Cleeve Conservators, join us to discover Cleeve Common as a working farm. PLEASE wear sturdy footwear as the route may be steep/muddy in places.
Wednesday 10 June 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Northleach
Starting Point Westwood Community Centre, Bassett Rd Northleach GL543QJ
Down the Leach Valley with a guided tour by the National Trust through part of the Sherborne Estate and a farmer-led visit to the wildflower meadows of Conygree Farm. Short picnic stop at the farm (bring your picnic) and return by the reverse route.
Thursday 11 June 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
At the Market Hall join the Cotswold Wardens for a walk along the beautiful High Street. Hear how the ancient town developed, from the importance of wool through to the influence of The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Thursday 11 June 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Stanton Village Car Park
We take in Stanway and Snowshill and trace the literary figures past and present who have found inspiration in the Cotswolds. Some steep ascents from Stanway and Snowshill. Please bring a packed lunch