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 27 August 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.0 hours
Distance 10.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Tetbury
Starting Point Tetbury - Free long stay car park at old railway station, Cirencester Road.
We take the Monarch's Way to the east before turning south to Long Newton and into the valley of the Avon (Tetbury branch). We continue south to Brokenborough via Shipton Mill and the Fosse Way. The walk returns via Shipton Moyne and Estcourt Park. Picnic lunch with pub stop.
Tuesday 30 August 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2 hours
Distance 3.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Woodstock
Starting Point Combe Lodge, Park Road, Combe
This short walk around the Blenheim Estate looks for traces of its historic past. During the 12th Century Henry II kept his mistress in the manor house and 300 years later Princess Elizabeth was imprisoned there. In 1704 the estate passed to John Churchill who built the magnificent palace.
Friday 02 September 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.0 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village King's Stanley
Starting Point King's Head pub, King's Stanley. 14 bus route from Stroud, railway stations in Stroud & Stonehouse. Free car parking opposite the King's Head by village hall or in council car park
The walk crosses a railway, busy roads, farmland with livestock & stiles to the Stroudwater Canal. We encounter buildings of architectural & industrial interest and an area of ancient woodland. Bring refreshments and be prepared for wet ground.
Saturday 03 September 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point New Street Car Park, Chipping Norton
From Chipping Norton to Salford and Long Compton to pick up the Shakespeare's Way and return via Little Rollright, visiting the lovely unspoilt church there and Salford [again!] A varied walk with hills and views. Please bring a packed lunch although there is a possible pub lunch.
Monday 05 September 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Tetbury
Starting Point Tetbury - Free long stay car park at old railway station, Cirencester Road.
This mainly level walk first takes us to Wiltshire Bridge. We pass an impressive tithe barn, then follow the Monarch's Way to a disused WW1 airfield. We pause at Long Newnton Church before returning to Tetbury. Lunch available locally after the walk, if required.
Tuesday 06 September 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 07 September 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Northleach
Starting Point The Old Prison Northleach
The walk takes us across several wide valleys with sweeping views, past two dovecotes, and close to an Iron Age Hill Fort and Roman Villa site. It includes a church visit and a number of stiles. Lunch available at the Old Prison after the walk, or at a Northleach pub.
Friday 09 September 2016 - 9.30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Great Rissington, 3 miles SE Bourton on the Water
Starting Point Great Rissington Church
From Great Rissington the route goes south, picking up the Windrush and walking along to its namesake village, then to Barrington before heading home via Little Rissington. A mix of meadow and high arable fields and paths, little road walking. Possible pub stop, but packed lunch preferred.
Friday 09 September 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Charlton Kings
Starting Point Seven Springs lay-by opposite Hungry Horse Pub GL53 9NG
A circular route on tracks, quiet roads and fields passing through the villages of Upper Coberley, Cowley and Coberley. GL53 9NG
Friday 09 September 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park
A circular walk through the old deer park, along the Cotswold Way,around Dyrham wood to Doynton and Wick Quarry, before picking up the Monarch's way and returning on the old Bristol-London Turnpike, now just a footpath! Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Saturday 10 September 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bredon Village on the B4079: village hall is almost opposite the junction with Kemerton Rd. Several small car parks nearby.
Starting Point Bredon Village Hall
In this final circular walk celebrating the Cotswolds AONB, we consider how the boundaries have been changed since its formation. We start outside the AONB, climbing Bredon Hill looking down over villages that were included or excluded in extending the boundaries. Please bring picnic lunch.
Sunday 11 September 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Walker's Car Park, Cold Ashton Village hall
The fourth stage of a 40 mile walk around Bath showing the setting of the City in the landscape. Car share to take you to Saltford for the start of the walk. Saltford, Upton Cheney, South Stoke and Cotswold Way back to Cold Ashton. Please bring a picnic lunch.
Wednesday 14 September 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Lechlade
Starting Point Kelmscott, Car Park GL7 3HJ
"Heaven on Earth" was how William Morris described Kelmscott, a hidden corner of the Cotswolds, where he spent the final 25 years of his life. An easy walk across fields and along the Thames Path. Lunch afterwards in the village or at The Manor which is open.
Friday 16 September 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wotton under Edge
Starting Point Swan Hotel, Wotton Under Edge.
Meet for coffee at 10am. The walk starts at 10:30. The Cotswold Way leads us along the escarpment to the village of Wortley and our return route to Wotton. The walk offers splendid views over the Severn Vale, weather permitting. Lunch available in Wotton after the walk, if required.
Sunday 18 September 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Off the A422 Shipston to Banbury road
Starting Point Middle Tysoe Church CV35 0TE
A walk towards Radley and Ratley along the scarp edge. Please park considerately on the roadside in the village and bring a packed lunch.
Friday 23 September 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Campden
Starting Point Dovers Hill NT Car Park
A pleasant woodland walk which takes in Lynches Wood and Weston Park. Although not a long walk, there are three fairly steep ascents.
Sunday 25 September 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wellow Nr Bath
Starting Point Wellow Old station free car park
From Wellow, outward climb to Hinton Charterhouse, walking through three small woods, Hankley, Twinhoford and Clive, and returning via Upper Bagridge farm. Please bring a drink and snack.
Wednesday 28 September 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Painswick on the A46
Starting Point Painswick church yard opposite the Falcon
A walk along the Painswick valley past five mills. Returning via Painswick Beacon along the Cotswold Way in Painswick Car parking is available at Stammages lane car park (Pay & Display).
Wednesday 28 September 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Burford
Starting Point Burford town car park
We walk along the River Windrush to Widford and then to Swinbrook church to see the Fettiplace Effigies and the Mitford family graves. Continuing along the Windrush we arrive at Asthall to see one of the Mitford family homes before returning via Fulbrook. Packed lunch and possible refreshments en route.
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.