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
Friday 29 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Gloucester or Shurdington
Starting Point 12 Bells ( Premier Inn) car park Little Witcombe.
A walk with wonderful views from the edge of Witcombe Woods plus the birdlife on the reservoirs and the Roman Villa. A fair climb but on good tracks and worth it for the view.
Sunday 31 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wellow, south of Bath
Starting Point Wellow free Old Station Car Park
The Ups and downs! Up from Wellow, Down to Combe Hay, On to a disused railway line, then along to Midford, up onto the viaduct and return along the Somerset and Dorset line to Wellow. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs but fine for families.
Tuesday 02 August 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village On the A361 between Burford and Chipping Norton
Starting Point New Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton under Wychwood
This walk passes through two Wychwood villages and we discover the charm of these well kept places as well as revealing some of their amazing history. Pub lunch available at end of walk or picnic on village green.
Tuesday 02 August 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.
Wednesday 03 August 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2 hours
Distance 4 miles
Nearest Town/Village Three miles north of Lechlade
Starting Point Near the Victoria Pub, Eastleach Turville.
An easy walk around Eastleach and on to Southrop down the Leach valley. Includes watermeadows and a church visit to see a finely carved Norman Font. Several stiles. The font in the Norman Church at Southrop was described by Pevsner as "One of the greatest treasures of the Cotswold churches"
Saturday 06 August 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 7 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village Duntisbourne Abbots
Starting Point On road to Five Mile House. East of A417 at Duntisbourne Abbots turning
A long walk through the land of the Dobunni, along quiet valleys and by ancient villages to Cirencester. Calling at Bagendon, Baunton, Cirencester, Daglingworth and the Duntisbournes. Pub or picnic lunch
Sunday 07 August 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Saltford East of Bath
Starting Point The Shallows Car Park, Saltford
The third stage of a 40 mile walk around Bath showing the setting of the City in the landscape. Car share to take you to Odd Down P&R for the start of the walk. Please bring a picnic lunch.
Tuesday 09 August 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Northleach
Starting Point Northleach: at war memorial. Parking on main road.
A walk through beautiful rolling hills and along the Valley of the Boars. We will explore the historic churches of Hazleton, Hampnett and Turkdean. Please bring a packed lunch.
Thursday 11 August 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Campden
Starting Point Chipping Campden school car park, Cider Mill Lane, Chipping Campden
We leave Chipping Campden on the Monarch's Way, passing through Hidcote Bartrim and following the Cotswold scarp NE to Adminton Lane. We then pick up the Centenary Way, briefly visit Ilmington, and return to Chipping Campden via Foxcote House and the Diamond Way. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 12 August 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.25 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cranham
Starting Point Cranham, 2 miles north of Painswick, off the A46. Car park in the woods by 30mph sign.GL4 8HP
Circular walk starting in Buckholt Wood, then taking in Painswick Beacon, Paradise, Tocknells Court, Mann's Court and Cranham Common. Then enjoy a winding riverside ramble through Laurie Lee country. 10 stiles, 700 feet ascent and descent. GL4 8HP
Friday 12 August 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Ford, 5 Miles West of Chippenham on the A420
Starting Point White Hart Inn lower car park (West of Slaughterford Road).
This walk is a delightful mix of old coach roads,woodland and valley paths before joining the Macmillan way at Slaughterford. Lunch at 16th century inn afterwards by the By-Brook at White Hart, Ford. Not suitable for Pushchairs.
Saturday 13 August 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park
We will make a prompt 10am start and car share to Castle Combe for the start of the walk. After descending to the village, we cross the golf course to Nettleton Mill and follow the Broadmead Brook back to Dyrham via West Kington. Please bring a picnic lunch.
Sunday 14 August 2016 - 2:30p
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 2 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Woodstock and Charlbury
Starting Point Stonesfield
A Sunday afternoon stroll around the village of Stonesfield; once a centre for the production of characteristic Cotswold Roofing slates. This walk is suitable for families but some short, steep and uneven sections are difficult for buggies and wheelchair users.
Sunday 14 August 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.0 hours
Distance 9.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Tetbury
Starting Point Chavenage Green 0.5 miles north west of Chavenage House. Chavenage House is singposted from the A46, 2.5 miles south of Nailsworth.
The walk follows open country via Hazelwood to Barton End and on to Avening for lunch. We return through Avening Park and Ledgemore Bottom. Please bring a packed lunch. Pub stop for drink only.
Wednesday 17 August 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stroud
Starting Point Stroud Leisure Centre Stratford Park
A walk over varied terrain through woods and fields up one side of the Painswick Valley to Pitchcombe and back down the other
Thursday 18 August 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stroud.
Starting Point Winston's Ice-cream Parlour, Rodborough Common. The Common lies to the east of the A46 between Stroud and Nailsworth. Bear Hill is the nearest access point from the A46.
Meet for coffee at 10am. The walk starts at 10:30 and descends from the Common to the Thames & Severn Canal and along the canal to Brimscombe. We return via Hyde and Burleigh for a well deserved ice cream.
Thursday 18 August 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Winchcombe and Cheltenham
Starting Point Cleeve Hill Quarry Car Park - turn off the B4632 at the summit, signposted to the Golf Club, down narrow track over cattle grid, left and right into car park.
Grass growing at Christmas, daffodils in December - how does this impact the biodiversity of Cleeve Common? There are strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change, but it isn't easy. Ellie, Cleeve Conservation Officer, will join us to explain how Cleeve is rising to the challenge. PLEASE wear sturdy footwear.
Saturday 20 August 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village South East Of Stroud
Starting Point Roadside Parking Next To Oakridge Recreational Ground
Figure Of 8 10.00 Morning Walk Of 6 miles 3hrs To Waterlane And Severn & Thames Canal. 2.15 Afternoon Walk Of 4.5 miles 2.5hrs Through Old Hills Wood, France Lynch & Bournes Green. Pub Lunch Or Picnic If Attending Both Walks
Saturday 20 August 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. Stay to enjoy Marshfield Village Day procession (2pm) and Show.
Monday 22 August 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Sherston
Starting Point Carpenters Arms pub, Easton Town. The pub is 0.25 miles east of Sherston High Street on the B4040. Park in the High Street then follow the road eastward to the Carpenters Arms on the right.
This rural walk follows the River Avon via Pinkney Park to the attractive village of Easton Grey. A stretch of the Fosse Way leads us to pasture land and we encounter a horse gallop on our way back to the start point! Lunch available locally after the walk, if required.