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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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.
Tuesday 28 March 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Spendlove Car Park Charlbury OX7 3PQ
Following the Norman conquest in 1066, William the Conqueror introduced the very un-English concept that all of the land ultimately belonged to the Crown. We will walk through what remains of the Wychwood Forest and discuss its colourful past and its future prospects. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 31 March 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 5.3 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Bishops Cleeve and Winchcombe
Starting Point Golf Club car park on Cleeve Common.Follow the golf club signs from the B4632.
A walk around the edge of Cleeve Common via Postlip Hall and Barn, Wontley, and the radio masts. Refreshments available at the Golf Clubhouse.
Sunday 02 April 2017 - 10.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park
A walk from Dyrham Park (National Trust) through nearby farm land and along part of the Cotswold Way, passing historic points of interest along the way. No park admission fees for those participating in the walk. Not suitable for pushchairs
Tuesday 04 April 2017 - 18:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2 hours
Distance 4 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Hensington Road Free Car Park, Woodstock OX20 1JL
This short walk on public rights of way around the Blenheim Estate looks for traces of its historic past. From Henry ll and his mistress to Princess Elizabeth 1st, the Dukes of Marlborough and more Recently Sir Winston Churchill.
Tuesday 04 April 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.
Friday 07 April 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.0 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Castle Combe, 5 miles West of Chippenham
Starting Point Castle Combe upper car park (Off B4039)
Starting in one of the most picturesque villages in the Southern Cotswolds then climbing gently to circle sites of Roman villas and settlements to the west. Not suitable for Pushchairs Bring a packed lunch. A later drink stop is planned at the Old House at Home, Burton.
Friday 07 April 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Eastcombe to east of Stroud
Starting Point The Lamb Inn, Eastcombe with permission from the landlord
Circular walk along the Toadsmoor Valley using lesser walked paths in woodland and farm land. Some potentially slippery short descents and a number of stiles. Walking poles recommended. Lunch available at the Lamb Inn on return Satnav GL6 7DN
Wednesday 12 April 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Prestbury a village adjoining NE Cheltenham
Starting Point Prestbury War Memorial. Just off the High Street.
From Prestbury up the side of Cleeve Hill then round and down via Southam. Many pubs and eateries in and around Prestbury. (The Plough, Royal Oak, Rising Sun, Apple Tree). Park in the "Free" car park (in Idsall Drive) or in Mill street.
Saturday 15 April 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point The Tite Inn car park. OX7 3NY
A circular walk from the Tite Inn going to Dean and Spelsbury and along part of the Oxfordshire Way. Lunch available at The Tite Inn after the walk.
Tuesday 18 April 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bloxham
Starting Point St Peter & St Pauls Church, Swalcliffe OX15 5EH
This circular walk through North Oxfordshire takes in the attractive ironstone villages of Swalcliffe and Epwell. It follows part of the MacMillan Way to Traitors Ford, where maybe a traitor was hung following the battle of nearby Edgehill. Please bring a packed lunch.
Wednesday 19 April 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Horsley lies on the B4058 2 miles south of Nailsworth.
Starting Point Village shop Horsley. Shop signposted from main road in village.
Meet for coffee at 10am. The walk starts at 10:30, taking us to Chavenage Green via Barton Lane and Longlength Lane. After viewing the front of Chavenage House we return to Horsley via Ledgemore Lane and Hay Lane. Snack lunches available afterwards at the shop- more substantial meals at nearby inn.
Friday 21 April 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 6 miles west of Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Temple Guiting, park at Temple Guiting village hall GL54 5RS
A beautiful and varied circular walk from Temple Guiting, taking in the hamlets of Farmcote and Cutsdean. We hope to see a range of common farmland birds and early summer visitors. Bring a packed lunch. Binoculars would be useful.
Friday 21 April 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Box
Starting Point Selwyn Hall car Park, Box.On the A4 East of Bath.
A linear walk returning by the frequent bus service. Bring your bus pass if applicable.A gentle walk on the meadows beside the Bybrook before climbing to Kingsdown, Monkton Farleigh, and Browne's Folly. Down to Bathford and we follow the Kennet & Avon canal into Bath. Please bring a picnic lunch
Saturday 22 April 2017 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.0 hours
Distance 9.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bourton-on-the-Water
Starting Point Cold Aston; park near pub with consideration
The church warden at St. Andrews, Cold Aston, has agreed to talk about this old and fascinating church, especially its Easter Sepulchre. The remaining walk is stile-free, using lanes, bridle-ways and byways. Bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 22 April 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Marshfield on the A420
Starting Point Market Place, Marshfield
A morning walk along the High street, then taking valley footpaths SW to St Catherine's valley and returning through the fields (Some stiles). Lunch choice of 2 pubs and a tea shop - or stay and visit the scarecrow trail and a garden opened for the Wardens(tea and cake available).
Saturday 22 April 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bisley, NE of Stroud, of the Calf Way.
Starting Point George St, Bisley, Stroud GL6 7BQ. Use the Bear car park if you are going to use the pub afterwards.
From Bisley to the upper Dillay valley, back via Snows Farm. Bring a picnic lunch. Visiting Rough Bank and Snows farm reserves this walk offers lots of unimproved grassland to see.