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

 

Find Walks
Wednesday 25 May 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 7 miles
Nearest Town/Village Birdlip Village, 4m south of Cheltenham
Starting Point old A417, east of Birdlip village
Down the Frome valley to Caudle Green and then back to Brimpsfield to visit the (absent) 12th C castle and (present) 12th C church. Pleasant wooded valleys and some open farmland, may be muddy after rain. No major ascents.
Thursday 26 May 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Hillesley
Starting Point The Fleece Inn Hillesley. Parking available at the Inn, by arrangement, or in the car park adjacent to the sports field
The walk offers splendid views, weather permitting. The route uses parts of the Cotswold Way and the Monarch's Way, and takes in the Somerset Monument, Splatts Wood, the attractive Kilcott Valley and the village of Alderley. Lunch and refreshments available at the inn after the walk, if required.
Friday 27 May 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Ullenwood and Leckhampton
Starting Point Car park at the top of Leckhampton Hill.
The car park for the start is on the left on Hartley Lane which comes off Leckhampton Hill on the left as you come from Cheltenham or right from the Air Balloon Roundabout. Walk visits Devil's Chimney, Leckhampton Hill, source of the Thames, Coberley Court and then back
Sunday 29 May 2016 - 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 31 May 2016 - 10.00
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 01 June 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Campden
Starting Point Chipping Campden School, Cider Mill Lane, Chipping Campden
A walk from Chipping Campden to Broadway Tower to discover the part played by the Cotswolds in the Civil War, WW2 and the Cold War. Please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 04 June 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 4 hours
Distance 2.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point College Farm, Salford OX7 5YP
This family walk and tractor and trailer ride links two farms; one is where young cattle graze and the other where the cows are milked - by a robot! Some car sharing - see website. Please bring a picnic. Numbers limited so please telephone 01993 831810 to secure a place.
Saturday 04 June 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Dowdeswell
Starting Point Kilkenny View Point off A436
History and Wildlife along the Chelt Valley. Passing Dowdeswell Manor, Sandywell Park, Dowdeswell Court, Rossley Manor and Pegglesworth and walking around ancient Lineover Wood and over Ravensgate Hill. Bring a picnic lunch
Tuesday 07 June 2016 - 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.
Tuesday 07 June 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Nailsworth
Starting Point Shortwood AFC Car Park, 1 mile south west of Nailsworth
An exploration of settlements in the village and parish of Horsley.
Wednesday 08 June 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village MInchinhampton
Starting Point Minchinhampton Common, Reservoir Car Park
A journey through varied terrain in the southern Cotswolds. Features include upland commons , wooded valleys , attractive villages and an historic mill. Memorable views ( weather permitting ). Opportunity for lunch at local inns at end of walk.
Wednesday 08 June 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Five miles west of Cirencester
Starting Point Sapperton Church
Taking in Dorvel Wood and Daneway Banks nature reserve. Remote paths lead us to Tunley Farm and then back via Pinbury Park. Walk includes a number of stiles and steep climbs. Please park considerately in the village or use the 54 Cotswold Green bus. Check Escape site for Daneway Pub opening
Thursday 09 June 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Notgrove lies W of Bourton-on-the Water
Starting Point Notgrove Village Hall Car Park (donation)
We take the Diamond Way NE from Notgrove to Aylworth where we pick up the Windrush Way to Hawling. We turn S to the hamlet of Salperton, crossing the disused Banbury & Cheltenham railway. Our return to Notgrove makes use of the Gloucestershire and Diamond Ways. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 10 June 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Royal Avenue Bath, in front of the Bandstand
Circular walk from Royal Victoria Park, taking in three other parks within the City, with views of two others. Suitable for pushchairs if you can cope with steps.
Friday 10 June 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Duntisbourne Abbots
Starting Point On old A417 behind Duntisbourne Abbots services. GL7 7JR
A circular route on tracks, quiet roads and fields passing through the village of Woodmancote. GL7 7JR
Saturday 11 June 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Slip road for Swainswick, East of A46,3.3 Miles from Cold Ashton roundabout at the A46/A420 junction
We rise to Charmy Down before dropping down into the delightful St Catherine valley before climbing to Bannerdown Common where events connected with Wild Flower meadows are planned. After lunch, return via Wessex Water Nature Reserve in Chilcombe Bottom. Please bring a packed lunch. Not suitable for push chairs.
Sunday 12 June 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6.0 hours
Distance 10.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Leighterton
Starting Point Leighterton, 5 miles south of Nailsworth on the A46. Meet at the church, please park considerately in the village.
The walk progresses gently south to Oldbury on the Hill then West to Starveall. We drop sharply down the escarpment to join the Cotswold Way via Upper Kilcott to Hillesley. The walk returns up the escarpment via the Monarch's Way and Tresham. Picnic lunch with a pub stop.
Tuesday 14 June 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stow on the Wold
Starting Point Bledington Village Green
Bledington is a typical Cotswold village with a green, church, school and a pub. Ducks waddling beside the stream complete this rural idyll. This easy walk on field paths and tracks has a hint of nostalgia, and hopefully we will catch a glimpse of orchids. Picnic or pub at end.
Tuesday 14 June 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.0 hours
Distance 3.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Nympsfield
Starting Point Coaley Peak PIcnic Site, on the B4066 between Uley and Selsley
A very, very leisurely amble over wildflower rich grasslands. Plenty of time for the enthusiast to discover the wide floral diversity that the Cotswolds offers.
Wednesday 15 June 2016 - 10am
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3 hours
Distance miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Chipping Norton Town Hall
As part of 'Cotswold Grassland Week' we will be exploring the wonderful species-rich limestone grasslands of Glyme Farm.