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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Saturday 30 April 2016 - 10:30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Woodstock
Starting Point The Green, Combe
There is much to talk about in Blenheim park, of both pre and post Brown [Capability that is]. Trees play a major part in his palette and there are some fine examples at Blenheim to see and discuss in this tercentenary of his birth. Picnic lunch or cafe in grounds.
Saturday 30 April 2016 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Didbrook lies on the B4632 between Broadway and Winchcombe
Starting Point Didbrook. Meet outside the church; park considerately in village.
We follow an ancient track as we explore the Cotswold hills and valleys. Bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 03 May 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 4 hours
Distance 7 miles
Nearest Town/Village on the A361 between Burford and Chipping Norton
Starting Point The New Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton under Wychwood
Starting from Shipton under Wychwood, the walk passes through Bruern woods reaching the beautiful Foxholes Nature Reserve where masses of bluebells should be in flower. We return by woodland and field paths which may be muddy if there has been heavy rain. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 03 May 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.
Tuesday 03 May 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Back Lane Car Park, Winchcombe, Pay and Display
This walk involves two hills, and around 1500 ft of ascent,as the title suggests. We first climb to Belas Knap, and then descend to Waterhatch, ascending again through steep fields before returning via Parks Farm and the Wardens Way. Wonderful views all the way. Bring packed lunch.
Thursday 05 May 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 7 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stanton
Starting Point Stanton Village Hall, free Car Park
A varied walk through picture-postcard Cotswold villages, beginning at Stanton, following the foot of the scarp to Laverton and Buckland and climbing to Snowshill. The return to Stanton is via National Trust-owned Littleworth Wood. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 06 May 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stanton lies between Broadway and Toddington
Starting Point Stanton Village, free Car Park
A look at the woodland flora in its dash to get to sunshine before the tree canopy closes. We visit several woods and see the different strategies of a variety of plants trying to win the race.
Friday 06 May 2016 - 1400
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Brockhampton. 4m East of Cheltenham
Starting Point Craven Arms, Brockhampton
An After Lunch to Evening walk starting and ending at a pub. This time it's the Craven Arms, in Brockhampton. Passing Syreford, Whittington, Puckham Scrubs and Charlton Pool. The pub has let us park in their carpark if you are patronising the excellent pub. (01242 820410)
Saturday 07 May 2016 - 10:30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Woodstock
Starting Point The Green at Combe
There is much to talk about in Blenheim park, of both pre and post Brown [Capability that is]. Trees play a major part in his palette and there are some fine examples at Blenheim to see and discuss in this tercentenary of his birth. Picnic lunch or cafe in grounds.
Saturday 07 May 2016 - 0930
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village North of Stroud
Starting Point Main Car Park On Stroud Road In Painswick Charge £2 All Day
Figure Of 8 9.30 Morning Walk Of 7 Miles 3.5hrs.To Sheephouse, Pincot, Wickridge Hill, The Vatch, Steanbridge. 2.00 Afternoon Walk Of 4 Miles 2hrs. To Washbrook, Edge Hill, Parkhurst, Edge Farms Pub Lunch/ Picnic If Attending Both Walks
Saturday 07 May 2016 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stow on the Wold. Bledington lies SE of Stow
Starting Point Bledington. Meet at village green near maypole. Park with consideration
We dip our toes into four local parishes around Bledington, focusing upon Lower Oddington with its church of St Nicholas. Bring packed lunch.
Tuesday 10 May 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Amberley
Starting Point Amberley Inn, Amberley. Not the Inn car park please.
A leisurely walk around two wild flower rich commons, with scenic views of two valleys. Suitable for families, but not pushchairs or buggies. Lunch available at the Inn after the walk, if required.
Tuesday 10 May 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Spendlove Centre, Charlbury
This walk reaches parts others don't! A circular walk partly off Rights of Way in the Wychwood Forest, returning through Cornbury Deer Park. By kind permission of Lord Rotherwick. Please bring a packed lunch to be consumed "somewhere in the Forest"
Wednesday 11 May 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.25 hours
Distance 6.25 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cheltenham
Starting Point Barrow Wake Viewpoint car park
A good country walk through flower meadows and woodland. Short stretches of road walking. Lunch available at Royal George Birdlip, Air Balloon Crickley Hill or Star Bistro Ullenwood
Friday 13 May 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cockleford (off the A435)
Starting Point The Green Dragon at Cockleford GL53 9NW
A circular walk starting from Cockleford, then through the villages of Coberley and Cowley. Taking in Ward's and Cowley Woods, Coldwell Bottom, Coberley Court and Church, with views of Cowley Manor. Pub lunches can be ordered at the start from The Green Dragon. Start post Code: GL53 9NW
Saturday 14 May 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Car park is 3 miles SE of Broadway just off A44. Free car parking and toilets.
Starting Point Fish Hill Car Park
A circular walk through some of the villages of the North Edge of the Cotswolds. This is an area that inspired JB Priestley to recommend setting up the AONB. Pub lunch available.
Sunday 15 May 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 farm land and along part of the Cotswold way, passing historic points of interest along the way. No park admission fees for those participating in the walk. Not suitable for pushchairs
Monday 16 May 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 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.
We take a bridle path from Chavenage House with its tale about an amorous civil war Royalist at Beverston castle. We continue across farmland to investigate a hermit's cave and return to the start via Lodge Farm and Chavenage House.
Wednesday 18 May 2016 - 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 10 am. The walk starts at 10.30 am, passing Kingscote Park and Upper Hazlecote Farm to Tilputs End. We return via Hartley Bridge and Congyre Wood. Full range of meals available at the inn after the walk, if required.
Saturday 21 May 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Off the A44 between Chipping Norton and Woodstock
Starting Point The Crown Inn, Mill Lane Church Enstone OX7 4NN
A walk from the village of Church Enstone along the Glyme Valley to the grounds of Kiddington Hall. This was the first Landscape project of Capability Brown completed in 1760. Lunch available at The Crown after the walk.