Walking in the Cotswolds. Cotswold villages walks and walking the Cotswold Way

Walking in the Cotswolds

Walking in the Cotswolds

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Walking in the Cotswolds

Whether you are a seasoned walker wanting to walk the Cotswold Way, or you're a rambler looking to take in a few Cotswold villages while walking in the Cotswolds, there are plenty of walks to choose from. In fact, it is believed there are over 3,000 miles of public footpaths in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Cotswold Way

If you are a walker you have probably heard of the Cotswold Way.

The Cotswold Way is a long distance trail that runs between Chipping Campden in the north of the Cotswolds and Bath in the south.

The Trail is 102 miles (164 km) long, and runs for most of its length on the Cotswold escarpment passing through many picturesque villages along the way and close to a significant number of historic sites, beautiful churches and historic houses.

The Cotswold Way was formally launched as a National Trail in May 2007.
Link: Cotswold Way

The Oxfordshire Way


A 65 mile long route which passes through the scenic landscape of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, on its way from Bourton-on-the-Water down to Henley-on-Thames.
Link: Oxfordshire Way

Other long distance trails in the Cotswolds


Other long distance walking routes in the Cotswolds include:

The Gloucestershire Way
100 mile walk stretching from Chepstow to Tewkesbury. The walk passes through the Forest of Dean and crosses the Severn at Gloucester. It takes in the heart of the North Cotswolds before doubling back through Winchcombe.

The North Cotswold Diamond Way
This long distance path centres on Stow-on-the-Wold. This diamond shape walk takes in Ebrington in the North, Oddington in the East, Northleach in the South and Guiting Power in the West - never more than 11 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold.

The Macmillan Way
Opened in 1996, this is a section of the 290 mile long-distance path from Dorset to Lincolnshire. In the south west, the path enters the region south of Tetbury and follows a north-easterly direction through Stow-on-the-Wold and onwards into Warwickshire.

The Wardens’ Way and Windrush Way
These two trails link with the Oxfordshire Way, as both start in Winchcombe and end at Bourton-on-the-Water. They are 13 and 14 miles in length respectively. Wardens’ Way takes in Guiting Power, Naunton and both Upper and Lower Slaughter. While, the Windrush Way goes over the hills en route to the River Windrush in Bourton.

The Wysis Way
A long-distance footpath through Gloucestershire which links the Rivers Wye, Severn and Thames and the two National Trails, Offa’s Dyke Path and the Thames Path. At 55 miles in length, the walk takes you through the Forest of Dean, Severn Vale and the Cotswolds.

The Monarchs Way
This long-distance footpath follows the route that Charles II took during his escape after the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

Page last updated 15/08/2013 09:30:34



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Walker Friendly Accommodation

Demeter - Walker friendly self catering in the Cotswolds

If you're looking for "walker friendly" accommodation in the Cotswolds then Demeter in Woodmancote is worth considering.

Woodmancote is centrally situated with the Macmillan Way passing through the village. The Welsh Way and Cotswold Way also run close by.

For more details about Demeter, please visit our Self Catering page.

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