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 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 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!   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 02 July 2016 - 11.30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1 hours
Distance 1.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception Dyrham Park
Wild Flower walks will go round Whitefield and other parts of Dyrham Park to identify the many species which grow there. 11.30 and 2pm
Saturday 02 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village The Market Hall is in the centre of Chipping Campden. There is limited street parking and two small car parks in Back Ends.
Starting Point Chipping Campden Market Hall
The second circular walk in a series celebrating the Cotswolds AONB, its formation and development in the Northern area. We will walk from Chipping Camden to Ilmington returning via Ebrington. En route we will learn how members of the Arts and Crafts Movement influenced the establishment of the AONB.
Sunday 03 July 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 8.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Tetbury
Starting Point Tetbury - Free long stay car park at old railway station, Cirencester Road.
A level walk along the Monarch's Way to Westonbirt school, Shipton Moyne and Estcourt Park. Open fields, fine views and history to boot. May be muddy in places Please bring a picnic lunch. Pub stop for drink only.
Tuesday 05 July 2016 - 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 06 July 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Burford
Starting Point Main Car Park in Burford
A tour of the Windrush Valley from Burford visiting Shilton, Asthall, Swinbrook, Widley Copse and Fulbrook. We see the famous Fettiplace Monuments, hear about the Mitford sisters and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Windrush Valley.
Wednesday 06 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village 8m South of Cheltenham.
Starting Point Old road parallel to A417 near Five Mile House Inn (closed).
Walk through Duntisbourne Abbots, Miserden Park, and Winstone. One steep climb and some stiles, a little road walking. Park on Old road N of A417 dual carriage way, near 5 Mile House Inn (closed at time of printing) .
Friday 08 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Miserden (NE of Stroud)
Starting Point Miserden car park next to school GL6 7JA
Circular walk from Miserden to Caudle Green and back via Whiteway, Wishanger and Honeycombe. Lunch available at the Carpenters Arms in Miserden at the end of the walk. GL6 7JA Walk through undulating terrain, mainly on field paths and tracks. Some stiles en route.
Friday 08 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Winchcombe and Cheltenham
Starting Point Cleeve Hill Quarry Car Park - turn off the B4632 at the summit, signposted to the Golf Club, down narrow track over cattle grid, left and right into car park.
Join our annual flower foray through both Cleeve Common and nearby butterfly reserves in the company of Ellie Phillips, Cleeve Common Conservation Officer. PLEASE wear sturdy footwear - route may be steep/muddy in places. Bring packed lunch.
Friday 08 July 2016 - 9.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bathford, 4 miles East of Bath.
Starting Point Bathford Community Shop and Café, corner of Bathford Hill and Church Street.
A ramble up through the Browne's Folly SSSI, down into Sally-in-the-Woods, returning via Pinkney Green and Monkton Farleigh. Lunch and informal chat with local historian afterwards at the community shop café. (Booking for hot £5 lunch to 01225 859186 otherwise soup/sandwiches). Not suitable for pushchairs.
Monday 11 July 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village MInchinhampton
Starting Point The Market House. Recommended parking off Bell Lane, Minchinhampton, alongside the Common behind the church.
From the Market House we go through Tobacconist farm towards the Aston Down airfield. Skirting Cherington village we climb to Minchinhampton Golf Club and onto Hampton Fields. We cross Tetbury Road into Gatcombe then through Bubblewell to the start point. Lunch available in the village after the walk, if required.
Thursday 14 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Northleach
Starting Point Northfield Barn NT car park (1 km north of Sherborne on Clapton road).
A mid-summer walk through the water meadows formed by the River Windrush, where we will stop to look and listen for interesting wildlife. We continue through the villages of Great and Little Rissington with lovely view over the Windrush valley. Bring a packed lunch.
Friday 15 July 2016 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Horsley
Starting Point Village shop Horsley. Shop signposted from main road in village.
Meet for coffee at 10am. The walk starts at 10:30 and explores the north westerly environs of Horsley, visiting Tickmorend, and returning via Wallow Green. Lunch available at village pub or in Nailsworth after the walk, if required.
Friday 15 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Corsham
Starting Point Castle Combe Free Public Car Park
Crossing the Golf Course and with permission entering the Nature Reserve we follow the Burton Brook to Goulter's mill. Passing Nettleton Green we reach West Kington via the Church. Return is via the Broadmead Brook and Nettleton Mill. Please bring a picnic lunch.
Tuesday 19 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village About 4 miles west of Moreton-in-Marsh, 4 miles north of Broadway.
Starting Point Hinchwick Hamlet. Please park tidily on the grass verge.
A circular walk passing through some of the North Cotswolds' most remote and beautiful countryside. The walk first runs through woods above the Hinchwick Valley, descends briefly into an adjoining valley and then returns along the bottom of the dry Hinchwick valley itself.
Wednesday 20 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Miserden, 6m NE of Cirencester
Starting Point Miserden Village, Start Point 936089. Roadside parking on outskirts of village close to school or opposite the church
Through Miserden Park,up Winstone Hill to the outskirts of Winstone,returning back the Miserden estate via Caudle Green. A mixture of footpaths, tracks and some lanes, involving a couple of short but stiff climbs, one steep, potentially muddy, descent and some stiles. Refreshments afterwards at the Carpenter's Arms in the village.
Wednesday 20 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 8.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Broadway
Starting Point Snowshill public car park
On leaving Snowshill we will walk up to the Cotswold Way and visit Stanton and Stanway, with a lunch stop at The Mount before returning along part of the Cotswold way. The views on this walk should be excellent if the weather behaves.
Friday 22 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 9.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park
Strenuous because of length. No hills! Dyrham was modeled on Siston 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.
Saturday 23 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village 12m South East of Cheltenham
Starting Point Carpark of The Mill Inn at Withington
Two walks in one day. Do one or both. 6miles before and after lunch. Pre-order lunch with pub at start of walk (eta 12:45) or Picnic lunch. Part 1: Shipton Part 2: (start 13:20-13:40) Withington woods + Roman Villa Start at the pub for both walks
Friday 29 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Gloucester or Shurdington
Starting Point 12 Bells ( Premier Inn) car park Little Witcombe.
A walk with wonderful views from the edge of Witcombe Woods plus the birdlife on the reservoirs and the Roman Villa. A fair climb but on good tracks and worth it for the view.
Sunday 31 July 2016 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wellow, south of Bath
Starting Point Wellow free Old Station Car Park
The Ups and downs! Up from Wellow, Down to Combe Hay, On to a disused railway line, then along to Midford, up onto the viaduct and return along the Somerset and Dorset line to Wellow. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs but fine for families.