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

 

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Friday 30 January 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Box on the A4 East of Bath
Starting Point Blue Vein Layby (off Longsplatt), Kingsdown,
Largely on National Trails this circular walk is on high ground from Kingsdown via the Wraxhalls, Cumberwell Park, Little Ashley and Monkton Farleigh. Please bring a picnic lunch. Drinks/snacks available at King's Arms in Monkton Farleigh. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Friday 30 January 2015 - 09.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village SE of Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Bledington Church
A chance to see East Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire. From Bledington to Kingham and Churchill then take the D'Arcy Dalton and Oxfordshire Ways and pass through Bruern Abbey. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 30 January 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Gloucester and Cirencester
Starting Point Highwayman Inn. Off the A417 about 4 miles S of the 'Air Baloon'. Access via slip roads signed for Winstone.
A walk through the woods of Misarden Park taking in Caudle Green and Miserden. Some steep ascents.
Sunday 01 February 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 11.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Churchill, near the church.
Walk past the homes of some of the rich and famous.
Tuesday 03 February 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Just south of Moreton-in-Marsh on A429
Starting Point Fosseway Garden Centre Car Park, Moreton-in-Marsh. Please park furthest away from shop entrance
Walking north first we visit the Batsford estate then turn south to go through Bourton-on-the-Hill and Longborough, returning via the Monarch's Way. Please bring packed lunch . Refreshments available in garden centre at the end.
Tuesday 03 February 2015 - 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 04 February 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cheltenham
Starting Point Kilkenny Picnic site
A winter stroll with lots of open views, mainly on tracks and quiet roads. Can be muddy. Lunch opportunity at the Kilkeney Inn and the Royal Oak Andoversford.
Thursday 05 February 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Toddington, The Pheasant Inn Car Park
An gentle winter walk which explores little known paths. We come across some hidden gems in Toddington and find unusual views of the Cotswold scarp.
Saturday 07 February 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4 miles
Nearest Town/Village 5 miles NNW of Bath
Starting Point Doynton Village Hall car park
From a classic South Cotswold village, via an old quarry, a nature reserve, a golf course and a cricket ground back to our starting point. Coffee stop only. Not suitable for pushchairs..
Tuesday 10 February 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Winchcombe, Back Lane Car Park (Pay & Display)
Second 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. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 10 February 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Hailey Nr Witney
Starting Point The Bird in Hand, Whiteoak Green. OX29 9XP
A walk along ancient tracks incorporating parts of the Roman Akeman Street and a wartime airfield. Pub lunch available at end of walk.
Friday 13 February 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.0 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village King's Stanley
Starting Point King’s Head pub, King’s Stanley. Free car parking opposite the King’s Head by village hall or in council car park. No. 14 bus route from Stroud.
Meet for coffee at 10am. The walk starts at 10.30, passing through Frocester and Silver Street. We plan to visit the ancient tithe barn at Frocester and hopefully see some new born lambs.
Saturday 14 February 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Off A417 between Gloucester and Cirencester
Starting Point Brimpsfield Village Hall car park
A circular walk from Brimpsfield to Caudle Green via Climperwell
Sunday 15 February 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Odd Down, Bath.
Starting Point Odd Down Park and Ride
A walk into the valleys South of Odd Down, where Nature has overtaken the remains of the extensive industry which was once there. Wonderful views! Coffee stop only. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Sunday 15 February 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 9.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Tetbury
Starting Point Old railway yard free car park, Tetbury
A mainly parkland walk from the ancient town of Tetbury, to the villages of Westonbirt and Shipton Moyne, passing the Highgrove Estate. Bring a picnic lunch, pub stop for drinks only.
Tuesday 17 February 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village On A4 between Bath and Chippenham
Starting Point Selwyn Hall free Car Park, Box -Off the A4
A series of monthly walks from Box into the surroundiong countryside.Some hills,giving good views in good weather.May be muddy following wet weather. Please bring drink and snack for mid-morning break. Lunch may be obtained afterwards in village pubs, and cafes.
Tuesday 17 February 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village East of Winchcombe
Starting Point Guiting Power, Farmers Arms. Plesae park consideartely in the village.
An opportunity to enjoy sections of the Donnington Way and sample some Donnington pubs that it links. From Guiting Power to Naunton and Naunton Downs, returning via the River Windrush. Pub lunch available at end.
Wednesday 18 February 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2 hours
Distance 4 miles
Nearest Town/Village Birdlip. Off A417 on the Birdlip road
Starting Point Barrow Wake car park
A walk via Crickley Hill with stunning views of the Severn Vale along the Cotswold Way to Ullenwood. Then following good paths and lanes past Shab Hill and back to Barrow Wake.
Thursday 19 February 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Longborough
Starting Point Coach and Horses pub on the A424 NW of Stow GL56 OQZ
In the spring of 1646, the Royalist army of 300 troops marched from Worcester towards Oxford to meet the King's cavalry. They met outside Stow and the walk retraces the route of the retreating troops. Lunch available at the Coach and Horses at the end of the walk.
Friday 20 February 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village King's Stanley
Starting Point King’s Head pub, King’s Stanley. Free car parking opposite the King’s Head by village hall or in council car park. No. 14 bus route from Stroud.
Join us on a walk which offers a range of landscapes and archaeology including beechwoods, limestone grasslands and the Stroudwater canal. These features are complemented by a history of hangings, violence and the maltreatment of workers, offset by the generosity and foresight of local benefactors.