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

 

Find Walks
Friday 31 October 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bathford on the No 13 bus route from Bath
Starting Point Opposite the Crown, Bathford Hill Bathford.
From Bathford the walk proceeds along the ByBrook to Shockerwick and Middlehill before climbing via Ditteridge to, Colerne. Return via part of the Fosse way. Please bring a picnic lunch.pub drinks available at Colerne. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Friday 31 October 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bibury. NE of Cirencester
Starting Point Bibury Church. (Park considerately on the roadside by the river)
A gentle walk from Bibury along the riverside to Coln St Aldwyn and back via Coneygar Woods. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Tuesday 04 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 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 05 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chedworth (N Of Fosse Way & SW of Northleach)
Starting Point Chedworth Farm Shop; Denfurlong Farm GL54 4NQ
A circular walk through Chedworth village and Chedworth Woods, passing the Roman Villa and returning to the farm shop and café. Includes some minor roads, some rough ground, and one very steep climb.
Thursday 06 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village East of Moreton-in-Marsh
Starting Point Little Compton, Red Lion. Please park considerately in the village.
An opportunity to enjoy sections of the Donnington Way and sample some Donnington pubs that it links. From Little Compton to Cornwell and back via Chastleton, with the bonus of passing three manor houses. Pub lunch available at end.
Saturday 08 November 2014 - 09.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cheltenham
Starting Point Whittington Village Green, oppsoite the telephone box. Please park considerately in village
Join us on a journey around some of our lost and isolated places in the Cotswolds as we consider the advantages and disadvantages of both. Please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 08 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Painswick,N of Stroud
Starting Point Walkers Car Park Painswick
A circular walk from Painswick to Cranham via Painswick Stream and Popes Wood
Sunday 09 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Odd Down Park & Ride
The second stage of a 40 mile walk around Bath showing the setting of the City in the landscape. A bus(£4 per person) will take you to Browne's Folly for the start of the walk. Booking essential - Phone John Bartram (0117 9374561) after October 26th.
Tuesday 11 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bourton-on-the-Water
Starting Point Cotswold Farm Park, overflow car park
Starting from the Farm Park we visit Kineton and its fords, then go on to Guiting Wood. Return via Guiting Power and Barton. Please bring packed lunch. Refreshments should be available from the Farm Park at the end of the walk.
Tuesday 11 November 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3&2 hours
Distance 5.5&3.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Brailes
Starting Point The George Hotel, Lower Brailes
Two circular walks from Brailes. The morning route takes in Brailes Hill and Sutton under Brailes while the afternoon goes to Winderton returning via Castle Hill. Pub lunch available.
Wednesday 12 November 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Charlbury
Starting Point Spendlove Car Park, Charlbury
We walk along the south side of the valley from Charlbury to Ascott via the very interesting Shorthampton church and return on the north side of the valley via Dean Grove and Common. Pub lunch available at The Swan, Ascott.
Thursday 13 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Equidistant Broadway and Winchcombe
Starting Point Dumbleton, Village Cricket Ground, Dairy Lane
The route takes us up around the hill in a figure of eight allowing us to take in the countryside in all directions from surprising angles and viewpoints.
Thursday 13 November 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.0 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Hawkesbury Upton
Starting Point Beaufort Arms pub, Hawkesbury Upton
Meet at 10:00 for coffee. This attractive walk starts at 10:30, and passes through ancient woodland and a nature reserve in the vicinity of Hawkesbury Upton. Lunch available at the pub after the walk, if required.
Tuesday 18 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village On A4 between Bath and Chippenham
Starting Point Selwyn Hall free Car Park, Box - Off the A4
A series of monthly walks from Box into the surroundiong countryside.Some hills,giving good views in good weather.May be muddy following wet weather. Please bring drink and snack for mid-morning break. Lunch may be obtained afterwards in village pubs, and cafes.
Tuesday 18 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bourton-on-the-Water
Starting Point Sherborne Park Estate, Northfield Barn NT car park
Towards the easy side of moderate, this 'squashed' figure of eight takes in the delights of the Sherborne and Windrush areas as we criss-cross woods, rivers and water meadows. Those preferring a shorter walk may opt for a lunch time finish. Bring your own lunch etc.
Wednesday 19 November 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Uley
Starting Point Recreation Ground Car Park, Shadwell, Uley
A loop around the west of Uley
Saturday 22 November 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Burford
Starting Point Burford Main Car Park [Free]
Step back in time with a walk focussed on the geological history of the area.
Sunday 23 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wellow, Bath
Starting Point Wellow Old Station free car park
A circular walk to Hinton Charterhouse taking in Hankley Wood, Twinhoe Wood, Clive wood and Baggridge Farm. Coffee stop only. Not suitable for pushchairs.Pub lunch available in Wellow if required.
Tuesday 25 November 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.0 hours
Distance 3.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Dursley
Starting Point Stinchcombe Hill public car park (Not the Golf Club car park)
A flat walk without stiles around Stinchcombe Hill with fine views of the Severn Vale, North Nibley and Cam Long Down. Suitable for families but not buggies or push chairs. Lunch available locally after the walk, if required.
Wednesday 26 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Off A417 on the road to Birdlip
Starting Point Barrow Wake car park
A walk passing the Birdlip Radio Station and Cuckoopen Barn Farm to join the Gloucestershire Way along Coldwell Bottom continuing towards Stockwell and back.