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 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 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!
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
Saturday 10 October 2015 - 9.30
A wide-ranging walk taking in Notgrove's adjacent parishes as well as local features of interest, including a walk through Salperton (where the salters would have a break). Bring packed lunch and drinks. No salt required!
Sunday 11 October 2015 - 10:00
Explore the landscapes of the Cotswolds on this walk to Charlbury and the outskirts of Blenheim Park. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 13 October 2015 - 14:00
Blenheim has a long and controversial history including a mistress, an imprisoned queen, a gift for triumph in battle, inspiration for literature and of course birthplace to one of our finest leaders. This short walk around the estate looks for traces of Blenheim's historic past. Suitable for children and families.
Tuesday 13 October 2015 - 10.00
This is the last in a series of five circular walks which will incorporate the whole of the new Isbourne Way, from the source of the Isbourne River on Cleeve Common to its confluence with the Avon near Evesham. Bring packed lunch.
Saturday 17 October 2015 - 10.00
A gentle, then steeper climb to the summit of Little Solsbury Hill for wonderful views of Bath and the Avon valley, before exploring a wild wood and descending to Chilcombe Bottom Nature Reserve. Two stiles - Not suitable for push chairs.
Saturday 17 October 2015 - 9.30a
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 afterwards.
Saturday 17 October 2015 - 10:00
A circular walk from Coaley Peak, following the Cotswold Way through Autumn beechwoods to Uley Bury and back, skirting Coaley Wood. Bring a picnic for lunch on the Bury. Fairly strenuous walk with ascents and descents, suitable for older kids accompanied by a responsible adult. Sorry, not suitable for pushchairs.
Saturday 17 October 2015 - 9.30
We stretch our legs today on a variety of tracks, lanes and byways south of Cold Aston. Bring a packed lunch and drinks.
Saturday 17 October 2015 - 10.00
An autumn colours walk to celebrate National Coppice Day, visiting a neglected woodland being regenerated by work of the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, and continuing to pass through Coberley and Cowley.
Sunday 18 October 2015 - 10.00
A circular walk from Bradford on Avon to Westwood, Hungerford Castle, Iford, Freshford and along the Kennet and Avon canal. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Sunday 18 October 2015 - 10:00
Join us for coffee at 10:00. The walk start at 10:30 from Newark Park and features beech woodlands, a wide valley, the village of Wortley and the Cotswold Way.
Refreshments available after the walk at Newark Park and local pubs.
Tuesday 20 October 2015 - 10:00
With pretty villages, good tracks [on the whole], far reaching views and the hugely hospitable Chandler's Arms this walk has everything. Lunch available at The Chandler's Arms at the end of the walk.
Thursday 22 October 2015 - 10.00
A succession of lovely views over the Vale of Evesham and village of Broadway (weather permitting), walking through a wide variety of countryside and some lesser-used paths. Bring a packed lunch.
Friday 23 October 2015 - 10.00
Following the rivers Avon and Frome around Freshford, this walk is a delightful mix of valley paths and lanes to Iford Manor gardens and return with plenty of the area's history. Early lunch stop available at the Freshford Inn. Please bring a packed lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Saturday 24 October 2015 - 10.00
A walk from Bourton on the Hill across open countryside towards Hinchwick to Blockley returning via Batsford. The boundaries on this walk are evidential of agricultural land usage over hundreds of years.
Lunch is available in the Community cafe in Blockley.
Sunday 25 October 2015 - 10:00
We follow the Coswold Way to Uley Bury hill fort, descend to Uley for lunch and return via Nympsfield. This walk offers fine views of the Severn Vale, beech woodlands and grassy valleys. Bring a packed lunch. Pub stop for drink only.
Tuesday 27 October 2015 - 10:00
An easy walk around Minchinhampton Common, taking in the villages of Burleigh and Minchinhampton, with an opportunity to look at the flowers and trees at the end of the season. Lunch available locally after the walk or treat yourself to a locally made ice cream.
Tuesday 27 October 2015 - 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 afterwards.
Wednesday 28 October 2015 - 10.00
View St. Paul's Epistle and savour a taste of the Gloucestershire Way before climbing Shill Hill and enjoy wide ranging views on the way back to the start.
Thursday 29 October 2015 - 10.00
A glorious walk striding through the history of this beautiful area. The walk takes in the Neolithic burial mound of Belas Knap, medieval villages and of course Sudeley Castle.