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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Wednesday 29 July 2015 - 18:45
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 3.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wotton Under Edge
Starting Point Royal Oak Inn, Haw Street Wotton Under Edge. Car parking at the Inn for customers only.
A low level walk from Wotton to Kingswood and return. Food available at the Inn before or after the walk, if required.
Thursday 30 July 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.
Friday 31 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 5 hours
Distance 9.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 5 Miles West of Chippenham
Starting Point Castle Combe Upper Car Park.
Exploring the open land and villages surrounding one of the most picturesque combes in the Southern Cotswolds, this walk returns to Castle Combe via the Fosse Way/Macmillan Way through the Manor grounds. To be flexible, please bring a packed lunch. Not suiutable for pushchairs.
Friday 31 July 2015 - 09.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village 2.5 mile NW of Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Condicote Village Hall
Take in the gentle high arable land of the North Cotswolds before following the River Windrush from Ford to Kineton and climbing back, passing the stone workings that give the district its identity. Please bring a packed lunch. Possible pub stop (for drinks only).
Friday 31 July 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Northleach
Starting Point The Plough Inn Cold Aston
A hilly walk around 3 lovely Cotswold villages. Lunch and snacks available at the pub.
Sunday 02 August 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.0 hours
Distance 8.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Dursley
Starting Point Dursley Town Hall. Free long stay car parking signed from Long Street or opposite the Old Spot pub.
A walk to Uley along the Ewelme Valley, returning around the ancient hill fort and very attractive Cam Long Down ridge. The walk features two steep ascents. Bring a picnic lunch or pub snack available.
Tuesday 04 August 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 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.
Tuesday 04 August 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 04 August 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Campden
Starting Point Dover's Hill National Trust Car Park
Second in the series. We go through Chipping Campden, Mickleton and back up to Dover's Hill tracing literary figures, past and present, who have found inspiration in the Cotswolds. Please bring a packed lunch.
Wednesday 05 August 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Withington;12m southeast of Cheltenham
Starting Point Mill Inn at Withington GL54 4BE
Where shall we wander? To see a raven, sheep, a frog, a fox, and many horses. One steep climb, two major road crossings, and some tall stiles. http://www.thegoodpubguide.co.uk/pub/view/Mill-Inn. or 01242 890204
Thursday 06 August 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.
Saturday 08 August 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor reception, Dyrham Park
The walk will mostly follow the Cotswold Way to Old Sodbury Church with the return under the Cotswold scarp via Hinton. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Tuesday 11 August 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 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.
Tuesday 11 August 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Burford is just off the A40 between Oxford and Cheltenham
Starting Point Burford Public Car Park
A circular walk over undulating countryside via Fulbrook, Swinbrook and the Windrush valley. Includes some walking on [mainly minor] roads and possibly some muddy field tracks. Lunch options in Burford at the end of the walk.
Wednesday 12 August 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Kingswood
Starting Point Sports Club cafe, Kingswood. Kingswood lies a mile south west of of Wotton Under Edge. The cafe is next door to Dinneywicks pub.
Meet for coffee at 10 am. The walk starts at 10.30 am and takes us via Bradley Green to Wotton Hill and Coombe Hill. We return via Holywell and Wotton. Simple lunches available at the café after the walk, if required. More substantial fare available in Wotton.
Thursday 13 August 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 13 August 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Blockley is just off the A44 Moreton-in-Marsh - Evesham road
Starting Point Bus shelter, Blockley Village Green. Please park considerately in the village.
Enjoy some of the walks in the recently published Blockley Heritage collection. This one takes us on the Diamond Way to Hinchwick and Longborough, returning on the Heart of England Way via Sezincote, Bourton-on-the-Hill and the ancient Bourton Woods. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 14 August 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cockleford (off the A435)
Starting Point The Green Dragon Cockleford
From Cockleford through the villages of Cowley and Coberley, taking in a manor, a court, woods, pastures, and the River Churn. Pub lunches can be ordered before the start.
Saturday 15 August 2015 - 2.30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
Join the Cotswold Wardens for a guided walk along Chipping Campden's "most beautiful village street now left in the island." Hear how the ancient town has developed, the importance of wool through to the influence brought by The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Saturday 15 August 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.25 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). Not suitable for pushchairs. Lunch available in pubs and teashop before the village show at 2pm.