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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Thursday 24 April 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village North of Northleach
Starting Point Notgrove Village Hall Car Park (Trust the Motorist)
An undulating walk through the villages of Hazleton, Turkdean and Cold Aston. Please bring a packed lunch. There may also be an opportunity for a refreshment stop en route.
Friday 25 April 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Kingswood
Starting Point Café next door to Dinneywicks pub in Kingswood nr Wotton-under-Edge
Meet for coffee at the café at 10am. The mainly flat and scenic walk starts at 10:30, along the Little Avon river and on footpaths and the Cotswold Way through farmland via Hillesley and Alderley, including the Ozleworth Valley.
Friday 25 April 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cheltenham
Starting Point Quarry car park off Hartley Lane which is off Leckhampton Hill
A steep climb up to the Devil's Chimney then along the Cotswold Way above Cheltenham and back via Seven Springs and Hartley Bottom.
Saturday 26 April 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Painswick
Starting Point Walkers car park, Golf Course Rd. off the B4073 nmorth of Painswick.
Visiting Painswick Beacon, Popes Wood, Buckholt Wood, Cranham, the Painswick Valley and Paradise.
Sunday 27 April 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Castle Combe
Starting Point Castle Combe public car park
A walk around the West of Castle Combe, crossing the Fosse way to Nettleton and West Kington. Please bring a packed lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Tuesday 29 April 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Broadway
Starting Point Stanton Village Car Park
Third in a series of seasonal walks exploring the footpaths around Stanton. We will look for spring flowers & listen for birdsong. Please bring a packed lunch.
Wednesday 30 April 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Birdlip
Starting Point The old A417 east of Birdlip village
A walk from Birdlip through Hazel Hanger and Climperwell Woods to Brimpsfield and back. Some moderate slopes.
Friday 02 May 2014 - 09.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 12 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Bourton-on-the-Water War Memorial
Building on previous walks, we head for Clapton then Sherborne where we will have a packed lunch before heading back over little trodden paths. Views, rolling hills, woodland, wildlife and River Windrush seclusion.
Friday 02 May 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.0 hours
Distance 7.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Minchinhampton
Starting Point Alongside Minchinhampton Church (on edge of common)
This scenic and fairly hilly walk passes through Minchinhampton, then close by the royal Gatcombe Estate, through the attractive villages of Avening and Box before crossing Minchinhampton Common back to the start point. Stretches through woods may be muddy. Lunch available in the town after the walk, if required.
Saturday 03 May 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 & 1.75 hours
Distance 4.5 & 3.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cirencester
Starting Point Eastleach village hall car park
10.00 start for a morning walk to Southrop and back. After a lunch break a further walk to Sheepbridge and back. You can do both or either walk with a picnic or pub lunch in the village.
Sunday 04 May 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 3.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Slip road for Swainswick East of A46,3.3 Milesfrom Cold ashton roundabout at the A46/A420 junction
From the slip road, up to the summit for views over Bath, then down through a "Wild Wood" to Northend,Chilcombe Bottom Nature Reserve and back to the start. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Monday 05 May 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Dursley
Starting Point Stinchcombe Hill Public Car Park (Not the golf club car park)
A walk from Stinchcombe Hill following the Cotswold Way towards North Nibley and on to the secluded valley of Waterley Bottom. A steady ascent leads to our return path through glorious beech woods overlooking Dursley.
Tuesday 06 May 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Broadway
Starting Point Snowshilll Village car park (north of village - no charge)
From Snowshill, passing one of the highest farms in the north Cotswolds and breaking for lunch in Blockley. Leaving on the Diamond Way we use tracks and minor roads to return. Pub lunch available.
Tuesday 06 May 2014 - 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 07 May 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Amberley
Starting Point Amberley Inn, Amberley. Not pub car park please.
A leisurely walk around two wild flower rich commons, with views of two scenic valleys. Lunch available at the Inn after the walk if required. Suitable for families, but not buggies or pushchairs.
Thursday 08 May 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 7.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Broadway, Shear House car park, Lemington Road (WR12 7ET)
From Broadway gradually ascending the Cotswold escarpment before descending to Stanton via Laverton and Buckland. A classic walk encompassing rolling pasture, national footpaths and impressive views. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 09 May 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Royal Avenue Bath, in front of Bandstand
Circular walk from Royal Victoria Park,taking in three other parks within the City, with views of two others. Suitable for pushchairs if you can cope with steps.
Friday 09 May 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Frampton mansell between Cirencester and Stroud
Starting Point Crown Inn, Frampton Mansell
From the Crown Inn to Tarlton and back through Bathurst Estate Woods. Pub lunch option at the end of the walk.
Saturday 10 May 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Charlbury, Oxon
Starting Point Spendlove Car Park Charlbury
Nature Reserve then through fields to Coldron Mill and then through Spelsbury and Taston returning to Chalbury and lunch option at Rose and Crown (no food but bring your own sandwiches and buy a drink).
Sunday 11 May 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Sodbury
Starting Point Visitor Reception, Dyrham Park
FULLY BOOKED. Bus transport [£2] departs promptly at 10am to Castle Combe. After the village, we cross the golf course to Nettleton Mill and follow the Broadmead Brook back to Dyrham via West Kington. Please bring a picnic lunch. Booking essential on 01225 892374