Guided walks

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 2014/15 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, stopping for lunches 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!

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 Ann Colcomb on 01386 832131.

Upcoming Guided Walks

 

Find Walks
Sunday 21 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village Ratley, near Edage Hill.
Starting Point Ratley road junction.
From the Civil War village of Ratley this walk explores the ironstone country of the North Cotswolds wiyh it's network of old railways and pretty villages. Please bring a packed lunch and park considerately along the roadside.
Tuesday 23 September 2014 - 2.30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
Join the Cotswold Wardens for a guided walk along Chipping Campden's "most beautiful village street now left in the island." Hear how the ancient town has developed, the importance of wool through to the influence brought by The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Tuesday 23 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stonesfield, nr Woodstock
Starting Point Sonesfield Church
The last of the series of walks following the Evenlode. From Stonesfield it follows footpaths south of the river to Long Handborough. It enters Blenheim Park by the Springlock Gate close to Glyme returning via Combe. Please bring packed lunch.
Thursday 25 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
Join the Cotswold Wardens for a guided walk along Chipping Campden's "most beautiful village street now left in the island." Hear how the ancient town has developed, the importance of wool through to the influence brought by The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Friday 26 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stroud
Starting Point Stroud Leisure Centre car park. Park at the top.
A moderate walk around the Painswick Valley with some steep ascents. Refreshments available at the Leisure Centre or in Stroud and Painswick.
Saturday 27 September 2014 - 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 historic points of interest along the way. No park admission fees to those participating in the walk. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Sunday 28 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Marshfield, on the A420
Starting Point Lay-By off the A420 West of Marshfield.
A circular walk down the valley to St Catherine's Court and Motcombe Wood. Please bring a picnic lunch. Some steep hills! Not suitable for pushchairs.
Tuesday 30 September 2014 - 2.30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
Join the Cotswold Wardens for a guided walk along Chipping Campden's "most beautiful village street now left in the island." Hear how the ancient town has developed, the importance of wool through to the influence brought by The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Tuesday 30 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 to 6 hours
Distance 4 to 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Ford, The Plough Inn (car park opposite)
Two circuits centred on the Plough. Our choice of route on the day will make the most of some heavenly scenery and inevitably include the Upper Windrush Valley. Walkers may chose am, pm or both. Approximate afternoon start 1.30pm, from same car park. Pub lunch optional.
Thursday 02 October 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
Join the Cotswold Wardens for a guided walk along Chipping Campden's "most beautiful village street now left in the island." Hear how the ancient town has developed, the importance of wool through to the influence brought by The Guild of Handicrafts. Suggested donation £3.00.
Saturday 04 October 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park
Bus transport [£2] departs promptly at 10 to road above Horton Court. The Court [not normally open] will be visited before we return along the Cotswold Way. Please bring a picnic lunch. Booking essential on 01225 892374.
Monday 06 October 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Tetbury
Starting Point Tetbury Tourist Information Office. Suggested free parking at the Old Railway Station Yard car park.
A circular walk from Tetbury passing Highgrove House and Westonbirt School, the former home of the Holford family. We return to Tetbury via a bridleway, passing Doughton Manor. Refreshments available after the walk in the town, if required.
Tuesday 07 October 2014 - 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.
Wednesday 08 October 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Witney, Burford
Starting Point The White Hart Inn on the B4047 Witney to Burford Road
The ruins of Minster Lovell Hall are located in a beautiful rural setting beside the River Windrush. The walk in parts is close to the river and can be muddy, there will be time to explore the ruins. Pub lunch available at end of walk.
Wednesday 08 October 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Towards Cheltenham on the A435 out of Cirencester
Starting Point Bathurst Arms N Cerney
Attractive villages of N Cerney, Rendcomb, and Woodmancote, linked by riversides, meadows and woodland. Possible mud at first then mainly quiet roads. Some steeper climbs and descents but no stiles. Served by Stagecoach 51 Cheltenham/Cirencester. Pub lunches can be ordered before the start.
Saturday 11 October 2014 - 10:30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wotton Under Edge.
Starting Point Newark Park National Trust Car Park, by arrangement. Follow signs to Newark Park from the A4135 or B4058.
Join us on a delightful walk from Newark Park, taking in Cornwall and London Bridge – all in a morning! Pub lunch available locally after the walk if required.
Sunday 12 October 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Dursley
Starting Point Dursley Town Hall. Free long stay car parking signed from Long Street or opposite the Old Spot Inn.
Join us on the first section of the proposed new Lantern Way along the lower slopes of Stinchcombe Hill, and via field paths to Upper Cam and Upthorpe. We return to Dursley via Ashmead Green and the new Littlecombe development. Several stiles and possibly muddy stretches, with some ascents/descents.
Sunday 12 October 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bathford 5 miles East of Bath
Starting Point Bathford - Junction of High street and Dover's Lane
The first stage of a 40 mile walk around Bath showing the setting of the City in the landscape. A bus (£4 per person) will take you to Cold Ashton for the start of the walk. Booking essential - Phone John Walker (01454 778525) after September 28th.
Monday 13 October 2014 - 09.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Campden, Evesham
Starting Point Hidcote Manor Car Park (kind permission of National Trust)
An exploration of the most northerly Cotswold footpaths. We learn about Hidcote from the General Manager and pass close to another stunning garden at Kiftsgate. Anticipate views in all directions. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 14 October 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Leighterton
Starting Point Royal Oak Inn, Leighterton
Meet for coffee at 10am. The walk starts at 10:30 and passes through part of the Arboretum, returning via the Monarch's Way. Lunch available after the walk, if required.