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

 

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Tuesday 03 March 2015 - 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.
Wednesday 04 March 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cirencester
Starting Point Cirencester Rugby Football Club. Entrance 100m up the Whiteway.
The route passes Stratton water meadows in the Churn Valley and returns via Cirencester Park Polo Ground. Car parking arranged by special agreement.
Thursday 05 March 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.25 miles
Nearest Town/Village Marshfield on the A420.
Starting Point Market Place, Marshfield
We walk along the High Street of this small medieval town to the Almshouses, then take bridleways and lanes south to Ashwicke and return through the fields on footpaths (No stiles). Lunch choice of 2 pubs or a tea shop afterwards
Friday 06 March 2015 - 11:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Tetbury
Starting Point Chavenage Green, 0.5 miles west of Chavenage House.
We pass Cranmore Dairy en route to Barton End Stables. After passing Harley wood we stop for lunch in Nailsworth (packed lunch or local refreshment). We then take the old route to Tetbury climbing and passing through Ledgemore Wood.
Saturday 07 March 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Pulteney Bridge,Bath (Opposite Victoria Art Gallery)
A circular walk from Bath's Pulteney Bridge via Alexandra Park, Lyncombe Vale and Sydney Gardens. Coffee stop only. Start only 10 mins. from Bus/Railway station. Not suitable for pushchairs [Steps!]
Saturday 07 March 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Toddington Church. Please park considerately in village.
From Toddington we climb the Cotswold Edge at Wood Stanway and on to Ford for lunch, returning through Cutsdean. Pub lunch available at Ford.
Tuesday 10 March 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Horsley
Starting Point Village Shop,Horsley - signposted from the main road through the village
Meet at 10am for coffee. The walk starts at 10:30, passing through Hartley Bridge and Hay Lane to Chavenage. We return via Ledgemore Bottom, Barton End and Washpool. Snacks and food available locally in the shop or local pub after the walk, if required.
Wednesday 11 March 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bewteen Witney and Chipping Norton
Starting Point Spendlove Centre in Charlbury
This circular walk in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds starts with a close look at Charlbury before comtinuing into the countryside on tracks across fields and through woodland where the skyline is always dominated by the ancient Wychwood Forest. Various options available for lunch in Charlbury at the end of the walk.
Thursday 12 March 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Upton Cheney
Starting Point Upton Inn Car Park
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.
Saturday 14 March 2015 - 09.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village South of Stratford upon Avon
Starting Point Ilmington Village Green, War Memorial. Please park considerately in village.
We dip our toes into Warwickshire between Ilmington and Stretton on the Fosse and learn some fascinating facts about former inhabitants. Please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 14 March 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stroud
Starting Point Bisley Recreation Ground car park; off Van Der Breen St
A circular walk from Bisley via Dillay, The Camp, Miserden, Sudgrove, and Througham. Pub lunch available or bring a picnic.
Tuesday 17 March 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village On A4 between Bath and Chippenham
Starting Point Selwyn Hall free Car Park, Box -Off the A4
A series of monthly walks from Box into the surroundiong countryside.Some hills,giving good views in good weather.May be muddy following wet weather. Please bring drink and snack for mid-morning break. Lunch may be obtained afterwards in village pubs, and cafes.
Wednesday 18 March 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Whiteshill (a suburb of Stroud)
Starting Point Shortwood NT car park (Also known as Cripplegate)
The walk goes from the car park to the Bird in Hand, descending to Pitcombe Wood and following the contour to Edge Common. The circuit is completed along an undulating section of the Cotswold Way.
Thursday 19 March 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bourton-on-the-Water
Starting Point Guiting Power Village Car Park (honesty box)
A pleasant undulating route north of Guiting Power, passing the Windrush river at Kineton and returning through Castlett Wood
Friday 20 March 2015 - 09.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village South West of Bourton-on-the-Water
Starting Point Hazleton Church. Please park considerately in the village.
An early Spring walk from Hazleton where we will see several hidden valleys including the 'Valley of the Boars'. Quiet countryside and lovely villages. Please bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 21 March 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6.0 hours
Distance 10.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Kingscote
Starting Point Hunters Hall Inn, Kingscote, by arrangement.
A generally level walk over Cotswold high country farmland taking in some historical features and the higher parts of Ozleworth Bottom and Hazlecote valley. Please bring a picnic lunch; a pub stop may also be possible depending on business issues.
Sunday 22 March 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village North of Bath near A46/A420 junction
Starting Point Cold Ashton village Hall
The fourth stage of a 40 mile walk around Bath showing the setting of the City in the landscape. A bus(£4 per person) will take you to Saltford for the start of the walk. Booking essential - Phone John Bartram (0117 9374561) after March 8th.
Tuesday 24 March 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Charlbury
Starting Point Spendlove Centre, Charlbury
On ancient paths through Fawler, Wilcote and Finstock returning past Cornbury Park. Pub lunch available.
Thursday 26 March 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village North of Cheltenham
Starting Point Winchcombe, Back Lane Car Park (Pay & Display)
Around Langley, Nottingham and Cleeve hills in search of signs that spring is well under way. Pub lunch available or bring your own.
Friday 27 March 2015 - 09.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Campden
Starting Point Blockley, outside the Church. Please park considerately in the village.
Delightful route from Blockley to Broad Campden making use of the Diamond, Heart of England and Monarch's Ways which all run through this area.