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.
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 can offer tailor-made walks to groups, subject to the availability of walk leaders.
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 2017/18 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 Linda on 01242 604155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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
Saturday 25 February 2017 - 10.00
From Upton Cheney to Beach before ascending Hanging Hill, following the Cotswold
Way to Pipley Wood. then descending to North Stoke and back to Upton Cheney for
lunch in the Upton Inn. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Wednesday 01 March 2017 - 10.00
Postcombe, Withington Woods, Withington, along the River Coln and back via
Chedworth Nature Reserve
Friday 03 March 2017 - 10.00
A look at the lovely countryside around Winchcombe as spring starts to arrive.
Pub lunch available after the walk.
Sunday 05 March 2017 - 10:00
Discover the Iron Age on this walk to Chastleton Hill Fort. Please bring a
Tuesday 07 March 2017 - 10.00
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 09 March 2017 - 10:00
A walk across the centuries where we see an ancient cattle enclosure, very
modern equestrian facilities and everything in between! The walk on the whole is
on good tracks and field paths. Pub lunch available at the end of the walk.
Thursday 09 March 2017 - 10.00
An early spring walk to the north of Bourton. We will take some little known
paths to Hyde Mill before returning on the well-known Ways.
Saturday 11 March 2017 - 10.00
We follow the river Boyd towards the M4 and then pass through Hinton and ascend
to Hinton Hill Fort before following the Cotswold Way through Dyrham village to
Dyrham Wood. Good views of Doynton on the descent back to the start. Please
bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs
Sunday 12 March 2017 - 10:00
A walk from Rodmarton via Tarlton and Coates to the Tunnel House Inn, and
Hazelton Manor. Little known ways and villages, taking in the Severn Thames
Canal. Picnic lunch, pub stop for drink only.
Monday 13 March 2017 - 10:00
A circular walk from Tetbury passing Highgrove House and Westonbirt School, the
former home of the Holford family. We stop at Westonbirt golf course for a break
and return to Tetbury via a bridleway, passing Doughton Manor. Refreshments
available after the walk in the town, if required.
Tuesday 14 March 2017 - 10:00
Walk along the Oxfordshire Way to Stonesfield with views over the Evenlode. Then
through Kingswood joining Shakespeare's Way to Ditchley Park with views of the
house. Return route to Charlbury via Grim's Ditch. Packed lunch can be eaten in
the Rose and Crown Charlbury.
Wednesday 15 March 2017 - 10.00
From Painswick over the Frith to Slad. Return via Juniper hill and Sheephouse.
Car park in Stammages lane (P& D)
Thursday 16 March 2017 - 10.00
A varied walk exploring the Stanway estate looking at how water is used and
managed, including a visit to the working flourmill (admission charge £3).
Climbing up through the woods we will see restored tures and how the famous
fountain gets its supply of water. Return to Stanton via Shenbarrow.
Sunday 19 March 2017 - 10:00
The walk follows the Avon through Pinkney Park and Easton Grey to lunch at
Shipton Moyne. We return through parkland and the village of Westonbirt. Pub
stop for drink only.
Tuesday 21 March 2017 - 10:00
A circular walk through Dean and Chadlington including part of the route
dedicated to highwayman Claude Duvall. Lunches available in Charlbury pubs or
the "Deli and Cafe" after the walk.
Thursday 23 March 2017 - 10.00
A walk to Chastleton and then along the Macmillan Way with far reaching views.
The return is via Wheelbarrow Castle with more distant views.
Friday 24 March 2017 - 10:00
Meet for coffee at 10:00. The walk starts at 10:30 to Elcombe, followed by
climbs to Cam Peak, the fine ridge walk of Cam Long Down and the magnificent
hill fort of Uley Bury, before descending to the start point. Lunch available at
the café and at the Crown Inn.
Saturday 25 March 2017 - 10.00
THAMES AND SEVERN CANAL; FRAMPTON WOOD; SAPPERTON; HEN AND DORVEL WOODS; DANEWAY
BANKS; FAR OAKRIDGE; ILES GREEN. PUB AVAILABLE OR BRING A PACKED LUNCH
Sunday 26 March 2017 - 10.00
We walk to Monkton Combe, Midford, Pipehouse, Iford, Upper Westwood, Freshford
and Limpley Stoke, returning along the Kennet and Avon canal. Please bring a
picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Sunday 26 March 2017 - 10:00
Starting in the village the walk proceeds via Leonard Stanley to the Cotswold
Way via Coaley Peak to Uley Bury and Nympsfield for lunch. Return via Buckholt
Wood and Stanley Wood to the start. Picnic lunch with lunch stop.