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 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Tuesday 25 October 2016 - 10.30
A morning walk along the High Street of this small medieval market town to the
Almshouses, then taking bridleways South to Ashwicke and returning through the
fields on footpaths (No stiles).. Lunch choice of 2 pubs or a tea shop. .
Wednesday 26 October 2016 - 10.00
A classic walk around the beautiful, unspoilt expanse of Cleeve Common passing
structures 200, 400 and 6000 years old. An essential walk if you are new to the
area or if you need reminding of the assets close at hand.
Wednesday 26 October 2016 - 10.00
Another walk examining the influence of war on the Cotswold communities, this
time focusing mainly on the First World War. We will start at Ebrington, taking
in Foxcote, Hidcote and Mickleton. Please bring a packed lunch.
Thursday 27 October 2016 - 10:00
On 22nd August 1642 Charles I raised his standard in Nottingham and the English
Civil War began. The Battle of Edgehill on 23rd October 1642 was the first major
encounter and both sides claimed victory. This walk goes over part of the
battlefield. Please bring a packed lunch
Friday 28 October 2016 - 10.00
Through Cowley Woods to Stockwell and Shab Hill and back via the Gloucestershire
Saturday 29 October 2016 - 10:00
The walk starts with a tree trail on North Leigh Common. After a walk of 2 miles
we arrive at a Roman Villa and have a quiz trail to find out about the people
who once lived here. Please bring a picnic. Some car sharing - please refer to
Sunday 30 October 2016 - 10.00
From Ford we walk to Slaughterford and Weavern farm to enter Colerne Wood where
Wardens have coppiced areas over many years. A small demonstration may be
possible, weather permitting, and you will see deer fencing around the most
recent work. Please bring drinks. Return via Thickwood. Pub lunch available
Monday 31 October 2016 - 10:00
A hilly walk with wonderful views, taking in Stinchcombe Hill, Stancombe and
Stinchcombe village. Lunch available locally after the walk, if required.
Tuesday 01 November 2016 - 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 03 November 2016 - 10.00
A look at the lovely countryside around Winchcombe as much of the natural world
closes down for winter. Pub lunch available after the walk.
Saturday 05 November 2016 - 10.00
A steepening climb up Toghill before crossing Freezing Hill lane and dropping
down to the Cotswold Way below Hamswell house.We follow the Cotswold Way to
Hanging Hill before dropping down to Wick and return along the River Boyd.
Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs
Saturday 05 November 2016 - 10:00
Walk with views over the Evenlode Valley to Shorthampton Church with wall
paintings. Then over the Evenlode to Spelsbury church with memorials to the Lee
family.Return via Coldron Mill and Dean Grove to Charlbury which has a 12th
century church. Carry a snack, lunch opportunities after walk in Charlbury.
Sunday 06 November 2016 - 10:00
A walk via Nympsfield down into Uley valley and then up to Uley Bury and back
along the Cotswold Way. A couple of steep ascents. Bring a packed lunch. Pub
stop for drink only.
Tuesday 08 November 2016 - 10:00
The walk passes the historic church in Avening and continues on a gentle climb
which offers a fine view of Gatcombe and the surrounding valleys. From West End,
the walk leads on to an old road, through woodland tracks before returning to
Tuesday 08 November 2016 - 10:00
A circular walk exploring the Eastern border of the Cotswolds AONB and part of
Ditchley Park, the wartime retreat of Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Wednesday 09 November 2016 - 10.00
A walk that includes Whittington, Sevenhampton and Brockhampton featuring old
manors and lost villages
Thursday 10 November 2016 - 10.00
The walk takes us over the fields via Chastleton to Adlestrop where author
Victoria Huxley will tell us about Jane Austen's many visits to the village to
stay with friends. We return via a route of little-known paths. Lunch at pub
Saturday 12 November 2016 - 10.00
An autumnal walk through a varied landscape offering woodlands hopefully at
their best and open vistas which the Romans may have known. Remembering a local
hero and heroine along the way. Pub lunch or bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 12 November 2016 - 9.30
A walk touching on the influences of water in bygone times on the way of life in
the Cotswold Hills. Bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 12 November 2016 - 10:00
Up and over Margetts Hill, Whichford hill and Green Hill via Cherington, Long
Compton, Whichford and Sutton under Brailes. Plenty of up and some down, with
good views from the hills. Pub stop available at lunch and after the walk, but
please bring some food just in case!