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

 

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Friday 30 September 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 7 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stow on the Wold
Starting Point Longborough, by the water fountain on the High Street GL56 0QC
When the Royalist army of 300 troops marched from Worcester towards Oxford in 1646 they were confronted by an army of Parliamentarians near to Stow on the Wold. More of this battle, and the toll it took, on the walk. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 30 September 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 5.6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Eastleach is between Carterton and Bibury.
Starting Point Around the village of Eastleach and by the Victoria Inn.
A gentle walk alongside the disappearing river Leach and back over the downs. A lovely walk through a beautiful village and great Cotswold landscapes.
Friday 30 September 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Box, 6 miles East of Bath
Starting Point Selwyn Hall Car Park, Box.Off the A4.
This walk takes the Macmillan Way along the By-Brook valley to explore the old mills towards Slaughterford and Ford. After lunch the return climbs out of the valley to take the high ground towards Colerne. Please bring a packed lunch or use the Inn at Ford. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Tuesday 04 October 2016 - 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.
Saturday 08 October 2016 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Northleach
Starting Point Hangman's Stone Layby (tarmac), layby lies to the west of NorthleachbetweenHampnett and Yanworth on a minor road off the A40
Join us on a scenic walk in the high wolds in Vestey country, visiting several quaint Cotswold Villages en route.
Saturday 08 October 2016 - 13:30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Dursley
Starting Point Stinchcombe Hill public car park (not golf club car park). Please note 13:30 start time.
A circular walk from Stinchcombe Hill taking in the glorious beechwoods overlooking Dursley, the secluded valley of Waterley Bottom and the hamlets of Forthay and Stancombe. Wonderful views in the valleys and from the Cotswold escarpment.
Saturday 08 October 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bitton, Bristol
Starting Point Swineford picnic site
A steep restored path up to North Stoke, then around the contour from Prospect stile with views towards Woolley, before crossing the battlefield and returning by a different route from North Stoke. Please bring a picnic lunch.Not suitable for pushchairs.
Sunday 09 October 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 3.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Dursley
Starting Point Dursley Market House. Parking opposite the Old Spot Inn, Dursley
A steep ascent to Twinberrow Wood and the Sculpture Trail before descending through Dursley Wood and back around Highfields.
Sunday 09 October 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Hook Norton is signed off the A361 just north of Chipping Norton.
Starting Point Hook Norton - considerately on the roadside near the Pear Tree
The first of a series of history themed walks. Discover the Stone Age on this walk to the Rollright Stones. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 11 October 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Hillesley
Starting Point Car Park at the Fleece Inn, Hillesley, by arrangement. Or in the car parkadjacent to the village sports field.
The walk follows the Cotswold Way and the Monarch's Way, taking in the Somerset Monument, Splatt's Wood, the attractive Kilcott Valley and the village of Alderley. Splendid views, weather permitting. Lunch and refreshments available at the Inn after the walk , if required.
Tuesday 11 October 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bourton-on-the-Wayer
Starting Point Bourton-on-the-Water, Station car park pay and display
This circular walk takes in the lakes of Greystones Nature Reserve and crosses the Windrush and Dikler rivers. We visit two historic churches at Little Rissington and Clapton. Both are situated on hilltops affording stunning views across the Cotswolds. Bring drinks and snacks. Lunch available at Bourton.
Wednesday 12 October 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 4.25 miles
Nearest Town/Village Painswick
Starting Point Roadside near Cranham School
An energetic ramble with a number of climbs and descents through woodland to the south of Cranham, hopefully with some autumn colour. Lunch options at Black Horse in Cranham or at the nearby Royal WIlliam on A46
Thursday 13 October 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wotton Under Edge
Starting Point Newark Park National Trust car park, by arrangement.
Meet for coffee at 10:00. The walk starts at 10:30 bringing us first us to Newark's near neighbour Ozleworth Park, before descending to the secluded Ozleworth Valley. We walk through the beautiful Bagpath Valley to Ashcroft House with its fascinating history. Lunch available locally after the walk.
Saturday 15 October 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village West of Bradford on Avon
Starting Point Avoncliff Car Park
This circular walk explores the historic relationship of the hamlets of Avoncliff, Conkwell, Murhill and Turleigh with the Kennet and Avon canal. We follow the canal, then turn uphill through the woods and quiet country lanes. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 18 October 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Rodborough
Starting Point National Trust public car park on roadside of Rodborough Common
A walk enjoying views from the Common across the Stroud valleys and noting significant local sites.
Tuesday 18 October 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Winchcombe & Broadway off the B4632. Alternatively, can be approached from the B4078 between Winchcombe & Sedgeberrow.
Starting Point Outside St.Katherine's Church in Wormington WR12 7NL. Please park in the farmyard to the left of the church (£1 contribution to church funds for parking and use of toilets)
This is the fourth in a series of five circular walks which will incorporate the whole of the new Isbourne Way, from the source of the Isbourne River to its confluence with the Avon near Evesham.
Saturday 22 October 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Mickleton is on the B4632 between Stratford and Broadway.
Starting Point Mickleton, outside St Lawrence church, off B4632
This circular walk from Mickleton around Meon Hill to Ilmington and back to Mickleton celebrates the life of scientist and communist Dorothy Hodgkin who lived in Ilmington. Pub lunch is available. Walk includes one sharp ascent of the Cotswold Edge.
Saturday 22 October 2016 - 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 farmland and along part of the Cotswold Way, passing points of interest along the way. No park admission fees for those participating in the walk. Not suitable for pushchairs. Good views hopefully!
Saturday 22 October 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Kingham Railway Station
A linear walk exploring the Evenlode Valley and the history of the Wychwood Forest. Starts after the arrival of the 09.24am train from Oxford. If coming by car park at Charlbury station and catch the 09:41am to Kingham as walk finishes in Charlbury. Please bring a packed lunch.
Sunday 23 October 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.0 hours
Distance 8.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Uley
Starting Point Uley village green. Please park considerately in the village
A walk to Newmarket passing Owlpen Manor and through beech woodlands. We return along Mirey Brook to Nympsfield and back to Uley through Toney Wood. Please bring a packed lunch. Pub stop for drinks only.