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

 

Find Walks
Tuesday 02 May 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.
Thursday 04 May 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Winchcombe Back Lane car park £1.00/day
A lovely spring walk through woods and over the hills looking and listening for warblers and other birds. The route takes us up through Spoonley and West woods before descending via the Breakheart Plantation. Bring a packed lunch.
Friday 05 May 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath (City centre)
Starting Point Green Park Station Foyer
Bath is known for its Georgian architecture but this urban walk tours some of the sites of its fascinating civil engineering and industrial heritage that "underpins" its existence. A coffee/drink stop is planned; café lunch together afterwards if you wish.
Saturday 06 May 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Campden
Starting Point Chipping Campden, Market Hall in the High Street, parking along High Street.
This walk continues the series of walks about Women in the Cotswolds considering the lives of Mary Anderson, American actress and hostess, and Janet Ashbee, writer, thinker and wife of CR Ashbee. Lunch will be in Broadway where there is a range of eateries or bring a picnic lunch.
Saturday 06 May 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village NW of Northleach, South of the A40.
Starting Point Hangman's Stone layby. South of the A40 between Northleach and Shipton.
From Hangman's stone through Hampnett, Stowell Grove to Chedworth wood, return via Yanworth. Please bring a Picnic Lunch. Two churches with splendid paintings, passing the extraordinary Chedworth Roman Villa. Bluebells if still in Bloom!
Saturday 06 May 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6.0 hours
Distance 10.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stroud.
Starting Point Selsley Common free car park, adjacent to the B4066 from Stroud to Uley, 1.2 miles south of the Dudbridge (Sainsburys) roundabout.
From Selsley Common the walk descends into the Nailsworth Valley via Woodchester then climbs to Rodborough Common. It descends again into the Golden valley via Bagpath to Thrupp and Stroud Brewery for a picnic lunch stop. The walk returns via the Stroudwater canal towpath to see the restoration works.
Tuesday 09 May 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Amberley
Starting Point Amberley Inn, Amberley. Not in the inn car park please.
A leisurely walk around two wild flower rich commons with scenic views of two valleys. Lunch available at the inn after the walk if required.
Wednesday 10 May 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Winchcombe Back Lane car park £1.00/day
A walk using mainly the Windrush and the Wardens Ways with good views of Sudeley Castle whose famous inhabitants include Katherine Parr and Emma Dent. Bring a packed lunch.
Wednesday 10 May 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 4 miles north of Cirencester
Starting Point Bathurst Arms North Cerney
Scenic walk to Rendcomb, returning via the Monarch's Way and open downland with wide-reaching views. Includes visit to makers of Cerney Goats' Cheese. Opportunity to purchase cheese. Several stiles. Hourly 51 bus from Cheltenham or Cirencester Lunch available at Bathurst Arms
Thursday 11 May 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Chipping Norton and Burford
Starting Point New Beaconsfield hall, Shipton under Wychwood
Starting from Shipton under Wychwood the walk passes by Bruern Abbey reaching the beautiful Foxholes Nature Reserve where the bluebells should be in flower. We return by woodland and field paths. Lunch options in village at the end of the walk.
Friday 12 May 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Eastleach Near Cirencester.
Starting Point Eastleach, parking at The Victoria Inn, with kind permission of the landlady. Additional parking available in the village
A walk to the north of Eastleach, starting in the Victoria Inn car park, mainly through the Hatherop Estate and extending up to Eastleach Down Farm. Two short inclines and a maximum of 8 stiles. Lunch is available at the pub after the walk.
Friday 12 May 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 9.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park
Strenuous because of length. No hills! Dyrham was modeled on Siston so the walk will get as close as we can and then return on the old turnpike that went between them. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Saturday 13 May 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wotton Under Edge
Starting Point Newark Park National Trust car park, by arrangement
A walk from Newark Park, passing through the beautiful and secluded Ozleworth and Bagpath valleys. We reflect on the history of Newark and its near neighbours at Boxwell Court and Ozleworth Park. Pub lunch available locally on completion of the walk.
Sunday 14 May 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5 hours
Distance 11.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 5 miles North of Witney
Starting Point Stonesfield Parish Church, OX29 8PP
Discover the Roman influences on this part of the Cotswolds, including a Roman Villa and a Roman road. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 16 May 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Avening.
Starting Point Avening Social Club Car Park, Woodstock Lane, Avening. Woodstock Lane is on the right entering the village on the B4014 from Nailsworth.
A loop to the west of Avening along paths, old roads and tracks that linked local communities.
Friday 19 May 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Kingscote
Starting Point Hunters Hall Inn car park, Kingscote, by arrangement.
Meet for coffee at 10am. The walk starts at 10:30, taking us via Ozleworth Bottom and Marlees Brook to the secluded Bagpath Valley. We ascend gently to Bagpath village and across fields back to the start. Lunch available at the inn after the walk, if required.
Saturday 20 May 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Painswick (4miles N of Stroud)
Starting Point Beacon car park near Catbrain Quarry (2km North of Painswick)
A circle anticlockwise, skirting around Painswick, from the Beacon to Pitchcombe and back. Some ups and downs. 600m total ascent. Visiting Holcombe, Edge, Pitchcombe, Sheephouse, Brockhouse mill, Damsell's, Oliver's and Paradise. Picnic Lunch.
Sunday 21 May 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 8.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Odd Down Park and Ride
A linear walk into Bath.We follow the Titfield thunderbolt/Somerset Coal Canal down to Tucking Mill then through Combe Down tunnel (1 mile), over Beechen Cliff and Alexandra Park to pick up the P&R bus back to the start. Bring bus pass if applicable. Please bring a Picnic lunch.
Wednesday 24 May 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Oakridge is to the south, and is signposted from, Bisley
Starting Point Oakridge School. Park carefully around the village green.
A Spring walk through the attractive village of Oakridge and open fields to Siccaridge Wood. Continuing through the wood to Sapperton and returning via the Thames and Severn Canal. A fairly relaxed walk admiring the springtime flowers in wood, meadow and canalside.
Thursday 25 May 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Nympsfield
Starting Point Woodchester Mansion National Trust car park, 'Brown signed' from the B4066 towards Nympsfield, near the gliding club and Coaley Peak picnic site.
We start on the approach track to the Mansion, before traversing the hillside towards Selsley Common. The walk descends towards Inchbrook passing the convent and long barrow. We return past the magnificent incomplete mansion, where light refreshments may be available. However, it is advisable to bring a packed lunch.