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
Monday 29 December 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Amberley
Starting Point Opposite Amberley Inn, Amberley (please do not use Inn Car Park)
A bracing morning walk on upland commons. Fairly flat terrain and very few stiles. Glorious views of surrounding valleys and beyond (weather permitting). Refreshments available at local inns after the walk. Suitable for families but not buggies or pushchairs.
Thursday 01 January 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Cross Keys Pub, South Stoke Road, Combe Down
A New Year's Day walk to Upper Midford, Combe Hay village and walking part of the disused Somersetshire Coal Canal. Coffee stop only. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Thursday 01 January 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Charlton Kings Cheltenham
Starting Point Copt Elm Rd Charlton Kings.South of the A40 at 6Ways traffic lights
Old ways into Cheltenham visiting Dowdeswell Wood, Lineover Wood, and Ravensgate Hill
Tuesday 06 January 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 07 January 2015 - 10:30
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2 hours
Distance 3.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Churchill, please park tidily near the church
Churchill is an attractive village tucked away in the far west of Oxfordshire and was home to two famous people who have left their mark in different ways. The walk is mostly on tracks and quiet lanes with some field walking. Pub lunch available at the end of the walk.
Sunday 11 January 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Broadway
Starting Point Stanton, Village Hall car park
Along the scarp to Stanway before climbing up through the shelter of Lidcombe Wood onto the Cotswold Hills and contrasting views of the wolds. The return passes through Littleworth Wood and some coppicing before descending into Stanton.
Thursday 15 January 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Broadway
Starting Point Snowshill Village car park (not National Trust)
A delightful winter route along some hard surfaces with anticipation of fine distant views.
Friday 16 January 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Uley
Starting Point Prema Café Uley - Signposted from High St. Please park courteously in side streets or High St.
Meet at 10am for coffee. The walk starts at 10:30 and takes in Hydegate, Downham Hill, Shadwell and Rook Wood. Lunch available in the Prema café or local pub after the walk, if required.
Saturday 17 January 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Batheaston
Starting Point Lay-By off the A420, West of Marshfield
Along different paths repaired by the Wardens into St Catherine's valley before a steep climb to Charmy Down airfield. Then down Ramscombe Bottom and along the Limestone link before a steep climb to Ashwicke. Please bring picnic lunch.
Tuesday 20 January 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 surrounding 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 21 January 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Charlton Kings Cheltenham
Starting Point Hungry Horse pub car park
The walk goes along the Cotswold Way around Charlton Kings Common, taking in the iconic Devil's Chimney and then on to the village of Coberly
Wednesday 21 January 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Kingscote
Starting Point Hunter’s Hall Inn car park, Kingscote, by arrangement
A walk leading around Newington and Lasborough, and back via the deserted Church of St Barnabas. Pub meals available following the walk, if required.
Saturday 24 January 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Whichford
Starting Point Whichford Village Green
Whichford to Lower Brailes and Epwell, returning via Ditchedge Lane and Traitors Ford with fine views across two counties. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tuesday 27 January 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.75 miles
Nearest Town/Village Just West of Longborough
Starting Point Ganborough, Coach and Horses Inn. Please park consideratey in adjacent area.
An opportunity to enjoy sections of the Donnington Way and sample some Donnington pubs that it links. From Ganborough to Sezincote and Bourton-on-the-Hill, returning via Hinchwick. Pub lunch available at end.
Friday 30 January 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 8.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Box on the A4 East of Bath
Starting Point Blue Vein Layby (off Longsplatt), Kingsdown,
Largely on National Trails this circular walk is on high ground from Kingsdown via the Wraxhalls, Cumberwell Park, Little Ashley and Monkton Farleigh. Please bring a picnic lunch. Drinks/snacks available at King's Arms in Monkton Farleigh. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Friday 30 January 2015 - 09.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village SE of Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Bledington Church
A chance to see East Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire. From Bledington to Kingham and Churchill then take the D'Arcy Dalton and Oxfordshire Ways and pass through Bruern Abbey. Please bring a packed lunch.
Friday 30 January 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.75 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Between Gloucester and Cirencester
Starting Point Highwayman Inn. Off the A417 about 4 miles S of the 'Air Baloon'. Access via slip roads signed for Winstone.
A walk through the woods of Misarden Park taking in Caudle Green and Miserden. Some steep ascents.
Sunday 01 February 2015 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 11.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Chipping Norton
Starting Point Churchill, near the church.
Walk past the homes of some of the rich and famous.
Tuesday 03 February 2015 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 4.5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Just south of Moreton-in-Marsh on A429
Starting Point Fosseway Garden Centre Car Park, Moreton-in-Marsh. Please park furthest away from shop entrance
Walking north first we visit the Batsford estate then turn south to go through Bourton-on-the-Hill and Longborough, returning via the Monarch's Way. Please bring packed lunch . Refreshments available in garden centre at the end.
Tuesday 03 February 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.