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
Wednesday 03 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 9.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bourton-on-the-Water
Starting Point Ewepen Barn National Trust Car Park
Through the National Trust village of Sherborne to the River Windrush & its water meadows then on to The Fox at Little Barrington for lunch (or bring a packed lunch). Return via Windrush and Sherborne villages.
Wednesday 03 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cheltenham
Starting Point Royal George car park, Birdlip
A rewarding circuit with extensive views across the vale. One long steep descent and an undulating return, taking in Witcombe and the Roman Villa and Witcombe Wood. Can be muddy. Lunch available at the pub.
Thursday 04 September 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.
Saturday 06 September 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.0 hours
Distance 9.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Uley
Starting Point Car Park at Coaley Peak Picnic Site.
Walk back in time as we explore the Bronze and Iron Age hilltop remains in the woods and countryside around the villages of Nympsfield, Owlpen and Uley. Pub lunch available or bring a picnic lunch.
Saturday 06 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park
Strenous because of length.No hills! Dyrham was modelled on Syston so the walk will get as close as we can and then return on the old turnpike that went between them. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Tuesday 09 September 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.
Wednesday 10 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chastleton nr Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Chastleton House Car Park
Chastleton House is a National Trust property tucked away in West Oxfordshire. Little has changed over the last three centuries as this circular walk explores the wider setting. Option after the walk enjoy a picnic and visit the house independently.
Thursday 11 September 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 12 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bathford
Starting Point Kings Arms (recently renamed the Muddy Duck) Pub car park in Monkton Farleigh.
Ridge Walk from Monkton Farleigh into the Limpley Stoke valley returning via the river Avon to Warleigh, Sally-in-the-Woods and Browne's Folly SSSI. Bring a picnic lunch but refreshments available at Dundas Marina Café. Drinks in the pub afterwards!
Friday 12 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Stroud
Starting Point Eastcombe, by the village green.
From Eastcombe to Bisley via Nashend, then to the Scrubbs and Piedmont and back to Eastcombe. Pub lunch available at The Lamb Eastcombe. Please park considerately in the village. Via paths and quiet lanes through farmland, villages, and woods with one steep climb at the end.
Tuesday 16 September 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 16 September 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Selsley
Starting Point The Bell Inn, Selsley Common. Please park considerately at the roadside.
Meet for coffee at 10am. The stile-free walk starts at 10:30 from the Bell Inn to viewpoints from Selsley Common, then on the Cotswold Way through Penn Woods to Coaley Peak viewpoint. We will return via a permissive bridleway. Pub lunch available after the walk if required.
Tuesday 16 September 2014 - 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 17 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Painswick
Starting Point Walkers car park on Golf Course Rd. off the B4073
A pleasant walk around the Spoonbed Valley and over Painswick Beacon. One long ascent to the top of the beacon where views stretch to Malvern, the Black mountains, and the Severn Estuary.
Thursday 18 September 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 18 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Bourton on the Water War Memorial
A series making the most of Ways linking Winchcombe and Bourton-on-the-Water. Following the Wardens' Way from Bourton through Lower and Upper Slaughter to Naunton, returning on the Windrush Way via medieval Lower Harford. Bring a packed lunch.
Saturday 20 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Castle Combe
Starting Point Castle Combe public car park
A circular walk to Long Dean, Ford and West Kington taking in a Nature reserve off the public path [Permission requested]. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs
Saturday 20 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 7 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Off A436 Stow-on-the-Wold to Chipping Norton
Starting Point Adlestrop Village Hall Car park (Honesty box)
From Adlestrop through the Oddingtons to Maugersbury, then on to Bledington for lunch before returning through Daylesford. Pub lunch available in Bledington.
Saturday 20 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Birdlip
Starting Point By Birdlip school on the disued road east of the village. (Old A417)
Exploring ancient sites along the River Frome, taking in a varied landscape towards the arboretum and lake at Misarden Park. Return via Caudle Green. Picnic or pub snacks in Miserden. Suitable for families with care.
Sunday 21 September 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village Ratley, near Edage Hill.
Starting Point Ratley road junction.
From the Civil War village of Ratley this walk explores the ironstone country of the North Cotswolds wiyh it's network of old railways and pretty villages. Please bring a packed lunch and park considerately along the roadside.