Walking Routes in the Cotswolds

There are a number of long distance walking routes or ways in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that can be walked in their entirety, as part of a walking holiday or in sections.

The Cotswold Way National Trail - www.nationaltrail.co.uk

The Cotswold Way is a long distance walking Trail that runs between the market town of Chipping Campden in the north and the city of Bath in the south.

The Trail is 102 miles (164 km) long, and runs for most of its length on the Cotswold escarpment.  It passes through many picturesque villages and close to a significant number of historic sites, for example the Roman heritage at Bath, the Neolithic burial chamber at Belas Knap, Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe, Hailes Abbey and many beautiful churches and historic houses.

For those looking for a gentler walking experience along the Cotswold Way, a number of short, circular walks are available to download.  The National Trail website also provides a good range of fact sheets and other leaflets offering ideas for days out and short breaks along the Cotswold Way .

Travelling by public transport? The Cotswolds Conservation Board publishes a series of Explore the Cotswolds by public transport guides and timetables, including one for the Cotswold Way.   There is also a sherpa van service to help you walk the route without a car.

You can walk the Cotswold Way in sections by joining a group led by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. They tackle 10 miles of the Cotswold Way on the first Wednesday of every month. To book contact Bob Cox on 01242 820192. An early booking is advised.

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