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 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 lblackwell58@icloud.com

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 24 June 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Campden
Starting Point Chipping Campden School car park (voluntary contribution)
A walk from Chipping Campden to Broadway Tower to discover the part played by the Cotswolds in the Civil War, WW2 and the Cold War. Bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 24 June 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 8.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village On A420 2.5 miles south of M4 J18.
Starting Point Cold Ashton Walker's Village Hall Car Park
Following the stream we head towards Marshfield to join the Green Lane. Turning South we reach Ashwicke Home farm and drop to enter St Catherine's valley, passing the Court and following the brook back to Cold Ashton. Please bring a packed lunch.
Sunday 25 June 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5 hours
Distance 11.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 6.5 miles west of Banbury
Starting Point Sibford Gower Primary School OX15 5RW
Discover the Roman influence on the North Oxfordshire part of the Cotswolds. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 30 June 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 3 miles to the South West of Bourton on the Water
Starting Point Cold Aston near to The Plough Inn
A walk along a track to Turkdean then through undulating countryside to Notgrove returning to Cold Aston along The Gloucestershire Way. Parking around the village of Cold Aston. Pub Food at The Plough Cold Aston
Saturday 01 July 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 4 miles
Nearest Town/Village Just east of Broadway off the A44
Starting Point Fish Hill Car Park, Broadway
The very special environment of Clump Farm, on Broadway Hill SSSI, is owned by the National Trust and not normally open to the public. We have special permission from the Trust to take you through its magnificent floral meadows for National Meadows Day.
Saturday 01 July 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 4.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Castle Combe
Starting Point Mount Zion Baptist Chapel, West Kington
A bridleway path down to the Broadmead Brook, which is followed to a clapper bridge.Then a circular route back via Nettleton Shrub, Home woods and West Kington Church and bridge. there should be plenty of wild flowers. A number of pubs nearby for lunch afterwards
Saturday 01 July 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Woodstock
Starting Point Duke of Marlborough Hotel, OX20 1HT
A pleasant stroll on public Rights of Way through the grounds of Blenheim Park with fine views of the house and lake. The landscaping around the house was carried out by Capability Brown in 1764. Lunch available at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel at the end of the walk.
Sunday 02 July 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 9.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Sherston
Starting Point Sherston high street
A circular walk through Alderton and Luckington. A rare opportunity to visit two recently restored medieval fish ponds. Pub stop for drink only. Please bring a packed lunch.
Monday 03 July 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Sherbourne
Starting Point Northfield Barn NT car park (1km north of Sherborne on Clapton Road)
This circular walk takes in the beautiful Cotswold villages of Great Rissington and Windrush, mostly on footpaths around the Windrush valley.
Tuesday 04 July 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village About 4 miles west of Moreton-in-Marsh, 4 miles south of Broadway
Starting Point Hinchwick Hamlet, please park tidily on the grass
A circular walk passing through some of the North Cotswolds' most remote and beautiful countryside. The walk first runs through woods above Hinchwich Valley, descends briefly into an adjoining valley and then returns along the bottom of the dry Hinchwick valley itself.
Tuesday 04 July 2017 - 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 05 July 2017 - 6:00p
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2 hours
Distance 2.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point New Street Car Park Chipping Norton, OX7 5LJ
An evening walk, mostly on pavements, exploring this popular Cotswold town, known locally as "Chippy". Walking will be taken at a very leisurely pace to allow time to find out about the interesting buildings and in some cases their inhabitants. Choice of meal opportunities abound in the town afterwards.
Wednesday 05 July 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Two miles north of Fairford
Starting Point Quenington village green
Explore Coln valley, meeting up with John Field from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust en route. Look at conservation work carried out along river to improve habitat for wildlife. Pub lunch possible after walk in Quenington or Coln St Aldwyns
Friday 07 July 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5.8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Birdlip. Just off the A417 near the Air Balloon roundabout.
Starting Point Birdlip School. Park along the road by the school. (The old main road now a dead end.)
A walk around Brimpsfield Park and the old castle and back via Climperwell Farm. Lunch options in Birdlip and Nettleton Bottom.
Friday 07 July 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Nailsworth
Starting Point Newmarket Road car park in Nailsworth (behind the Britannia Inn in Cossack Square). If no spaces please park considerately on roads nearby.
Starting from Nailsworth this walk is mostly in the Nailsworth Valley passing several landmark buildings constructed under the influence, both religious and financial, of William Leigh in the mid-nineteenth century and includes a higher section above Woodchester Park. Lunch is available in Nailsworth after the walk if required.
Saturday 08 July 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village On a sideroad to the west of the B4632, north of Cheltenham and south of Winchcombe
Starting Point Small car park on Nottingham Hill, near Longwood Farm. Do not confuse with car park on Cleeve Hill.
This circular walk starts at Nottingham Hill and takes in Prescott, Oxenton, Dixton and Stanley Hills. It includes open countryside with good views (weather permitting) and deciduous woods as well as interesting social history. Bring a packed lunch.
Wednesday 12 July 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Hillesley
Starting Point Car Park at the Fleece Inn, Hillesley, by arrangement. Or in the car park adjacent to the village sports field.
The walk follows the Cotswold Way and the Monarch's Way, taking in the Somerset Monument, Splatt's Wood, the attractive Kilcott Valley and the village of Alderley. Splendid views, weather permitting. Lunch and refreshments available at the Inn after the walk , if required.
Friday 14 July 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Winchcombe and Cheltenham
Starting Point Cleeve Common Quarry car park, off the B4632 at the summit signposted Golf Club, down narrow track over cattle grid, left and right into car park.
A Fabulous Flower Foray! With Conservation Officer Ellie Phillips, we hope to showcase the wonderful range of wildflowers that grow on both the Common and the nearby butterfly reserves. Bring a packed lunch and sturdy footwear for scrambling over rougher areas.
Friday 14 July 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Miserden
Starting Point Miserden Church of England School car park (with permission).
A circular walk across the Holy Brook to Rough Bank, a secluded side valley to the Dillay valley, with wild flower rich limestone grassland belonging to Butterfly Conservation. Lunch available at the Carpenters Arms at the end of the walk.
Saturday 15 July 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5-3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Northleach
Starting Point Ewe Pen Barn car park, GL54 3PP
This walk is through woods where we will see a number of sculptures and chances to spot deer and other wildlife. We also pass through the beautiful village of Sherborne before crossing farmland on our return. Bring a packed lunch or sample the goodies at Sherborne community shop.