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
Thursday 24 July 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.
Thursday 24 July 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Broadway
Starting Point Stanton Village Car Park
Last in the series of seasonal walks exploring the footpaths around Stanton. We will climb up the escarpment and look for summer butterflies and flowers. Pub lunch available at the end.
Friday 25 July 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Public car park by the library in Winchcombe;Pay & Display
A walk from Winchcombe through the grounds of Sudeley Castle, St Kenelms Well, and Salters Hill, and back.
Saturday 26 July 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Box on the A4 East of Bath
Starting Point Selwyn Hall free Car Park, Box - Off the A4
A climb out of the Avon valley through woods to Blue Vein, then the Macmillan way to the Avenue. Return via Monkton Farleigh,Kingsdown and Shockerwick. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs. Level or downhill after early climbs!
Sunday 27 July 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Odd Down Park and Ride
A walk along part of the Fosse Way (Roman Road) to Combe Hay and along the Somerset Coal Canal to Midford before returning via South Stoke. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs
Tuesday 29 July 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 29 July 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Adlestrop, Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Adlestrop Village Hall
This walk in the Evenlode Valley has fine views and pretty villages with plenty of history. From Adlestrop it takes in Chastleton Barrow, Chastleton House and village, and Evenlode village. Please bring a packed lunch.
Thursday 31 July 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 01 August 2014 - 19:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 3.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Kingscote
Starting Point Hunters Hall Inn Car Park, Kingscote, by arrangement.
Join us on a gentle evening walk at harvest time from a historic Cotswold Inn. Take the opportunity to enjoy refreshment afterwards at the Inn.
Friday 01 August 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration max 5 hours
Distance 4 to 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Cleeve Hill Quarry Car Park – beyond the golf club
Explore the secret world of Cleeve Common. With Conservation Officer Ellie Phillips, we will take a look at some of the Common’s rarest species. Bring a packed lunch and sturdy footwear for scrambling over rougher areas.
Saturday 02 August 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Sutton-under-Brailes,Shipston-on-Stour
Starting Point Sutton-under-Brailes Village Green
A visit to Compton Wyngates windmill then onto Lower Tysoe and Winderton. The walk returns via the medieval village of Chelmscote and Upper Brailes. Please bring a packed lunch though possible pub stop. Please park considerately around The Green.
Sunday 03 August 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 9.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wotton Under Edge
Starting Point Newark Park National Trust car park, by arrangement
A walk to Kingscote through the secluded valleys of Ozleworth Bottom and Lasborough Park. We return via Marlees Brook and Ozleworth Park. Pub at lunch stop for drinks only.
Tuesday 05 August 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 05 August 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.
Thursday 07 August 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 08 August 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Colesbourne
Starting Point Colesboune Inn A435 (GL53 9NP)
A walk up Pen Hill to Elkstone village, then down to Lower Cockleford, before returning. The walk has a mixture of quiet lanes, footpaths, and tracks with excellent views. There are some steep ascents and descents. Lunch available at the Inn
Saturday 09 August 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6.0 hours
Distance 8.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Nympsfield
Starting Point Car Park at Coaley Peak Picnic Site.
An exploration of Woodchester Park, highlighting the work of the National Trust to create a more open park and of the Mansion Trust to increase access to the uncompleted house. A guided tour of Woodchester Mansion will be available before returning to the start point. Please bring a picnic lunch.
Sunday 10 August 2014 - 14.30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance 2 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stonesfield near Woodstock
Starting Point Stonesfield Post Office
A village walk around Stonesfield, famous for production of the characteristic Cotswold slates. Suitable for families, but some short steep and uneven sections difficult for buggies and wheelchairs.
Sunday 10 August 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Slip road for Swainswick East of A46,3.3 Milesfrom Cold Ashton roundabout at the A46/A420 junction
A climb to take in the views from little Solsbury Hill, down through Bailbrook to Bathampton, then Bathford before climbing to Bannerdown Common and down to the St .Catherines valley. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Tuesday 12 August 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.