Walks with Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

(Last Updated On: July 26, 2017)






September 2017

Time Travelling on Cleeve Common – Friday 8th September – Moderate

Cleeve Common has become the botanist’s delight it is today because of centuries of human activity. This walk, with the expertise of Tim Copeland, landscape archaeologist, will show us the hidden traces of its history from the Bronze Age to World War II. 3 hours: 5 miles.

Start: 10.00 am Cleeve Hill Quarry Car Park – turn off the B4632 at the summit, signposted to the Golf Club, down narrow track over cattle grid, left and right into car park.

OS Map ref SO 989 272


Walking the Centuries – Saturday 16th September – Moderate

A walk through the villages, inhabited and deserted, exploring life in the area across the centuries from Neolithic times to present day. Lunch available at Hailes Fruit Farm. 6 hours: 11 miles.

 Start: 10.00 am Temple Guiting Village Hall car park. OS Map ref SP 090 279.


Rule Britannia – Saturday 23rd September – Moderate

The walk passes through a local estate near Temple Guiting. Our focus will be on its early 19th-century listed barn, horse-engine house and farmhouse. Bring a packed lunch. 6 hours: 11 miles.

Start: 9.30 am Temple Guiting village hall car park. OS Map ref SP 090 279.


Hiking through History – Life in Roman Cotswolds 3 – Sunday 24th September – Strenuous

Discover the story of the Romans in the Cotswolds. Please bring a packed lunch. 5 hours: 11.5 miles.

Start: 10.00 am Great Wolford Parish Church. OS Map ref SP 250 345.


Exploring Nottingham Hill – Wednesday 27th September – Moderate

A varied walk from Cleeve Hill to discover its less visited but only slightly smaller neighbour, Nottingham Hill. This spur off the main Cotswold ridge offers fine views across the Severn Valley towards the Malverns and Wales. 3.5 hours: 7.5 miles.

Start: 9.30 am Cleeve Hill Quarry car park – turn off B4632 at the summit, signposted Golf Club, down narrow track over cattle grid, left and right into car park. OS Map ref SO 989 271.


August 2017

Salt, Pepper, Apples and Pears – Tuesday 15th August – Moderate

This is a circular walk from Winchcombe, gradually ascending the Cotswold Scarp and following the Winchcombe Way onto the Saltway before ascending to Hailes and returning to Winchcombe via the Cotswold Way. This is classic Cotswold walking encompassing rolling pasture, national footpaths and impressive views. Bring a packed lunch. 4 hours: 7 miles.

Start: 10.00 am Winchcombe, Back Lane Car Park (pay and display £1). OS Map ref SP 024 285.

 A Cotswold Safari – Thursday 17th August – Strenuous

An exploration of the lovely countryside and villages of Stanton and Snowshill. Our route takes us up and down the scarp, climbing 500metres, giving spectacular views of the Malverns and over to Oxfordshire. 6 hours: 10.5 miles.

 Start: 10.00 am Stanton village car park (free). OS Map ref SP 067 344.

 Chedworth and the Coln Valley – Saturday 26th August – Moderate

Visiting Chedworth, Coln Rogers, Coln St Dennis, Stowell Park and Chedworth Woods. A valley walk with echoes of a country at war. Pub or picnic lunch 7 hours: 11 miles.

Start: 10.00 am Disused Chedworth airfield, 1.5 miles NW of Chedworth on the Compton Abdale road. OS Map ref SP 039 130.

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.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk or Tel: 01451 862000, also for any changes to arrangements such as due to extreme weather.





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