LOCAL WALKS WITH THE
COTSWOLDS VOLUNTARY WARDENS
Changing Tracks – Saturday 4thAugust – Moderate
As we wander through the sometimes remote rural Cotswold landscape, we consider why an east-west railway was deemed necessary in Victorian England.
5.5 hours: 10 miles.
Start: 9:30 am Cold Aston village near the pub. Park with consideration in the village.
OS Map ref SP 129 197.
Charity begins at Home – Saturday 11thAugust – Strenuous
A lengthy walk over downs, through valleys and woods with a focus on a latter-day philanthropist.
Start: 9:30 am Hawling outside Methodist church, or on gravel outside farm. OS Map ref SP 067 231.
The Warden’s Hill Climb – Wednesday 29thAugust – Moderate
A novel route following the Winchcombe Way down to Gotherington station, pass Prescott Hill Climb course and then back up to the Common.
3 hours: 6 miles.
Start: 10:00 am Cleeve Hill Quarry car park – turn off B4632 at the summit signposted to Golf Club, up narrow road over cattle grid, left and right into car park.
OS Map ref SO 989 272.
Castlett Wood, Kineton, a brook and a river –Thursday 5thJuly – Moderate
A circular walk from Guiting Power which follows the Castlett brook through Castlett Wood before passing through the hamlet of Kineton. The walk briefly runs alongside the river Windrush before returning to Guiting Power.
2.5 hours: 5.5 miles.
Start: 10:00 am Guiting Power Village Hall car park (donations). Can be busy but also on street parking within the village. OS Map ref SP 095 246.
Literary Connections – Thursday 19thJuly – Moderate
The third of an occasional series of walks focusing on the literary figures who have visited the Cotswolds.6 hours: 11 miles.
Start: 9:30 amBlockley Community Shop and Cafe. OS Map ref SP 164 349.
Tortoise, Grasshopper and who know what else… – Thursday 26thJuly – Moderate
Tortoise, grasshopper – and who knows what you will meet on this walk. It takes us through a number of woods, plantations, lanes and small paths around Guiting Power. Slopes and undulating terrain rather than hills.5 hours: 9.5 miles.
Start: 10:00am Guiting Power Village Hall car park (donations). Can be busy but also on street parking within the village. OS Map ref SP 095 246.
Flower Foray on and around Cleeve Common – Friday 29thJune – Moderate
A Fabulous Flower Foray! With Conservation Officer Ellie Phillips, we hope to showcase the wonderful range of wildflowers that grow on both the Common and nearby butterfly reserves. Bring packed lunch and wear sturdy footwear for scrambling over rougher areas.5 hours: 5 miles.
Start: 10:00am Cleeve Hill Quarry car park. Turn off B4632 at the summit, signposted to the Golf Club, up narrow track over cattle grid, left and then right into car park. OS Map ref SO 989 272.
PLEASE use appropriate footwear as some walks may be steep and muddy in places. EASY – Length may vary but terrain is mainly flat (level); MODERATE – includes some hills and rough ground. STRENUOUS – may be rough underfoot and ascents and descents may be steep. We welcome guide and hearing dogs – sorry, others not allowed.
Walks are free although we do invite donations to help fund our conservation and improvement work.
The Wardens run a full programme of guided walks throughout the Cotswolds. For more information see www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk or Tel: 01451 862000, also for any changes to arrangements such as due to extreme weather.