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 can offer tailor-made walks to groups, subject to the availability of walk leaders.

 


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 2017/18 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 Linda on 01242 604155 or lblackwell58@icloud.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 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

 

Find Walks
Friday 24 November 2017 - 10 am
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Coates is west of Cirencester
Starting Point Tunnel House Inn near Coates. The pub is at the end of an track off the Coates to Tarlton road.
A walk around Coates, the (alleged) source of the Thames, and by the Thames and Severn Way with some moderate climbs. An excellent pub afterwards for both food and drink.
Sunday 26 November 2017 - 10.00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Bathampton
Starting Point Dundas Marina Car Park
A circular walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal and up to the village of Winsley. Walking on Autumn leaves maybe!
Tuesday 28 November 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Easy
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6 miles
Nearest Town/Village Charlbury
Starting Point Banbury Hill Farm
As well as interesting countryside to enjoy, this walk also explores the picturesque town Charlbury. Lunches can be bought at the end of the walk at The Old Shed café at Banbury Hill Farm.
Sunday 03 December 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 4.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Kingscote
Starting Point Hunters Hall Inn car park, Kingscote, by arrangement.
A short walk in the beautiful Lasborough Valley, starting from Kingscote. In addition to experiencing the glorious landscape learn about the valley's links with a notable clergyman, a Victorian water supply system and the genesis of the Australian Air Force. All this in the space of 4 miles.....
Tuesday 05 December 2017 - 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 December 2017 - 10 am
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2.5 hours
Distance 5 miles
Nearest Town/Village 2.5 miles south east of Birdlip
Starting Point Gloucester Beeches lay-by on A417
Following the Frome valley the walk includes the hamlets of Syde and Caudle Green and part of the Miserden Park Estate before climbing towards Winstone and returning by an ancient ridgeway.
Saturday 09 December 2017 - 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.
Wednesday 13 December 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3.0 hours
Distance 5.0 miles
Nearest Town/Village Wotton Under Edge
Starting Point Wotton Under Edge, at the top of the hill on the Old London Road,leadingfromWotton to the B4058. Parking on the roadside at the top or furtheralong by the scout camp.
A relatively short walk through the Westridge Woods, passing the iron age fort at Brackenbury Ditches and on to the famed Tyndale Monument. We plan to take in the gulley of the old Cotswold Way route towards North Nibley. Lunch available in Wotton after the walk, if required.
Wednesday 13 December 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Charlbury
Starting Point The Plough Inn Finstock
From Finstock to historic Wilcote Manor passing the Ladywell and down to the Evenlode. Then over Whitehill Wood to Stonesfield and back to Finstock on the Oxfordshire Way and Dark Lane in time for lunch at The Plough.
Friday 15 December 2017 - 10:00
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 4.0 hours
Distance 5.5 miles
Nearest Town/Village Hawkesbury Upton
Starting Point Beaufort Arms Pub, Hawkesbury Upton.
Meet for coffee at 10 am. The walk starts at 10:30, taking us south to Petty France then west to the strategically situated iron age fort at Horton Camp. We return to Hawkesbury passing Horton Court en route. Lunches available at pub after the walk if required.
Friday 29 December 2017 - 10 am
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 2 hours
Distance 3.8 miles
Nearest Town/Village Andoversford - just off the A40 southeast of Cheltenham
Starting Point The Royal Oak Andoversford. Please park around Andoversford.
An easy walk with only moderate hills to blow away the cobwebs before overindulging again after Christmas. We will walk around Foxcote, Fulford, an old medieval village, and Owdeswell Manor before returning to the pub for a drink or food.