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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Saturday 22 November 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 11 miles
Nearest Town/Village Burford
Starting Point Burford Main Car Park [Free]
Step back in time with a walk focussed on the geological history of the area.
Sunday 23 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wellow, Bath
Starting Point Wellow Old Station free car park
A circular walk to Hinton Charterhouse taking in Hankley Wood, Twinhoe Wood, Clive wood and Baggridge Farm. Coffee stop only. Not suitable for pushchairs.Pub lunch available in Wellow if required.
Tuesday 25 November 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 2.0 hours
Distance 3.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Dursley
Starting Point Stinchcombe Hill public car park (Not the Golf Club car park)
A flat walk without stiles around Stinchcombe Hill with fine views of the Severn Vale, North Nibley and Cam Long Down. Suitable for families but not buggies or push chairs. Lunch available locally after the walk, if required.
Wednesday 26 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Off A417 on the road to Birdlip
Starting Point Barrow Wake car park
A walk passing the Birdlip Radio Station and Cuckoopen Barn Farm to join the Gloucestershire Way along Coldwell Bottom continuing towards Stockwell and back.
Friday 28 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bathford and Monkton Farleigh 5 miles East of bath.
Starting Point Browne's Folly SSSI Nature Reserve car park at Monkton Farleigh
Through Browne's Folly SSSI onto the Palladian way, then across to South Wraxall returning via the ride to Monkton Farleigh. Optional pub stop at the Muddy Duck/Kings Arms bar in Monkton Farleigh. To be flexible please bring a picnic lunch.
Friday 28 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cheltenham.
Starting Point Puesdown Inn (Now the Garniche at Puesdown)On the A40 btwenn Northleach & Andoversford
A walk through Hazleton and the grounds of Salperton Park then back through typical Cotswold countryside.
Saturday 29 November 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 6.0 hours
Distance 10.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Cherington
Starting Point Cherington Village centre, near Tetbury Glos. Cherington is approx. 3 miles north of Tetbury and 1 mile east of Avening. Please park considerately near the village hall.
A walk across open, gently rolling Cotswold Country through several small villages to a site near the source of the River Thames, returning via the Monarch’s and Macmillan Way. Picnic lunch with pub stop.
Sunday 30 November 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bath
Starting Point Lansdown Park and Ride
We start with spectacular views from Lansdown, descend to Weston Village and then back to the Lansdown ridge again before descending to the delightful Swainswick Valley. Please bring a picnic lunch.. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Tuesday 02 December 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 6m west of Stow-on-the-Wold
Starting Point Temple Guiting, St Mary's Church. Park at nearby village hall.
Straightforward route between St Mary's Temple Guiting and St Michael's Guiting Power plus some time in each church. Fairly level walking with three short hills and one stile. Likely to be muddy. Accessible loo at St Mary's.
Tuesday 02 December 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.
Sunday 07 December 2014 - 9.30
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Winchcombe, Back Lane car park (pay & display)
From Winchcombe we head south, climbing 800ft for refreshments in the woods, then back down in time for lunch. The steep sections will take your mind off the up-hill struggle of Christmas shopping! Bring and share Christmas nibbles.
Tuesday 09 December 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Just north of Broadway
Starting Point Willersey, New Inn. Please park considerately in village
An opportunity to enjoy sections of the Donnington Way and sample some Donnington pubs that it links. From Willersey to Dovers Hill via Saintbury and back. Pub lunch available at end.
Wednesday 10 December 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bibury - 6 miles NE of Cirencester
Starting Point Bibury Church: use roadside parking along the river
A lovely walk into remote downland north and west of Bibury. No major hills but a few stiles.
Thursday 11 December 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 1.25 hours
Distance 1 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Visitor Information Centre, Burford. Free car parking in large car park signed off the High Street
This gentle town walk is intended to be a general guide to this very interesting medieval Cotswold town. Specialist tours are available from the Friends of the Tolsey Museum 01993 823188 Numbers are limited so please book a place by telephoning the Visitor Information Centre 01993 823558
Friday 12 December 2014 - 09.30
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 10 miles
Nearest Town/Village
Starting Point Bourton-on-the-Water, Cooperative/Countrywide car park, Station Road
Leaving Bourton over the Iron Age Fort and the lakes, we go to Little and Great Rissington Churches ambling over the Windrush and water meadows. Two sad tales are told. Please bring a packed lunch.
Sunday 14 December 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 5.5 hours
Distance 9 miles
Nearest Town/Village Swainswick, Bath
Starting Point Slip road for Swainswick,East of A46, 3.3 miles from Cold Ashton roundabout at A46/A420 junction.
Across the valley to Woolley then following the contour round to Tadwick before a steep climb to Charmy Down and a descent on restored paths to Ramscombe and Chilcombe Bottoms. Please bring a picnic lunch. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Monday 15 December 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Uley
Starting Point Giusseppe's Gourmet at the Bristol & Gloucester Gliding Club half way between Uley and Selsey
Meet at 10am for coffee. The walk starts at 10:30, taking the Cotswold Way to Coaley Peak, passes through Woodchester Park and returns via Bown Hill to the start. Meals available locally after the walk, if required.
Tuesday 16 December 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.
Saturday 20 December 2014 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.5 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Charlbury Nr Woodstock, between
Starting Point Spendlove Car Park, Charlbury
Walk past Charlbury quarry to Dustfield then along the Saltway to Stonesfield. Take Stonesfield Lane to follow the route of the Oxfordshire Way back to Charlbury. Once back on Charlbury you can eat your own sandwiches in the Rose and Crown if you buy a drink.
Sunday 21 December 2014 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Winchcombe
Starting Point Winchcombe, Back Lane Car Park (Pay & Display)
A delightful route out of Winchcombe up to the Neolithic long barrow at Belas Knap. Fabulous views await.