Walks with Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

(Last Updated On: March 26, 2019)





March 2019

Why Willersley? – Tuesday 26th          March – Moderate

Another in our series of shorter walks exploring villages and their surroundings in relation to their geology, geography and history. Some steep climbs and rough paths.

3 hours: 5 miles.

Start:  10.00 am Willersey village hall car park. OS Map ref: SP 105 395.


April 2019

Highwaymen, Horses and Hills – Thursday 4thApril – Moderate

This walk, although near busy towns and villages, feels surprisingly remote. We use a number of long-distance paths to arrive at Icomb and then north to Maugersbury, cross the Fosseway and return to Bourton. It’s a hilly walk with much to see along the way. Bring a packed lunch.5.5 hours: 11 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Bourton-on-the-Water War Memorial in village centre. OS Map ref: SP 167 207.

 Dear, Delightful Stanton – Saturday 6thApril – Moderate

Such was the description given by John Wesley who visited and walked the area as a young man. But what brought him here? Our walk provides an insight as well as fine views. Bring packed lunch & drinks.
5 hours: 9 miles.

Start:  9.30 am Broadway, War Memorial, High Street. OS Map ref: SP 095 375.


Ilmington Circular Walk – Saturday 13thApril – Strenuous

A walk of interesting countryside passing two large country houses, Foxcote, and Hidcote with its renowned gardens. Views as far as Coventry from the highest point in Warwickshire. A long uphill section at the start, then reasonably level going. Bring packed lunch or eat at the Ebrington Arms.5 hours: 9.5 miles.

Start:  10.00 am Ilmington Playing Fields car park. OS Map ref: SP 205 417.


Springwatch Revisited – Tuesday 16thApril – Moderate

On this walk we visit sites featured in the BBC TV programme Springwatch. We visit Sherbourne Brook and cross the Windrush valley to follow the River Windrush, climbing up to the charming village of Great Rissington. Our return leg provides views over the North Cotswolds. Bring drinks and snacks.

3.5 hours: 7 miles.

Start:  10.00 am Water Meadows car park (NT) near Northfield Barn, Sherbourne. OS Map ref: SP 175 154.


Winchcombe Woods and Wolds – Tuesday 30thApril – Moderate

A lovely walk to welcome the first signs of spring to the Cotswolds. Bring a packed lunch.

6 hours: 10 miles.

Start:  10.00 am Winchcombe Back Lane car park behind library – £1 all day. OS Map ref: SP 023 284.

May 2019

Of Mice and Women – Thursday 2ndMay – Moderate

An energetic circular walk among the northern hills of the Cotswolds. We will learn about the creators of the lovely gardens of Kiftsgate en route to Ilmington, with its fine Norman church, home to eleven hidden mice.Lunch available in Ilmington at the community cafe or bring your own.5.5 hours: 9.5 miles.

Start:  10.00 am Hidcote Manor car park (by kind permission of NationalTrust). OS Map ref: SP 176 430.


Bluebells in Bloom (hopefully!) – Wednesday 8thMay – Moderate

A circumnavigation around pretty Cotswold outliers, Alderton and Dumbleton hills. A spectacular display of bluebells in the Spring. Due to the fickle nature of the English weather, we cannot of course guarantee to see them. Total ascent 552 ft.2 hours: 4 miles.

 Start: 10.00 am Dairy Lane, Dumbleton, Glos WR11 7TP – please park considerately. OS Map ref: SP 017 359.


Spring out of Stanton – Tuesday 14thMay – Moderate

Spring in the Cotswolds means wild flowers, burgeoning woods and lovely stone architecture – and we have them all on this walk. Bring a packed lunch. NOTE THE LATER START.

3.5 hours: 7 miles.

Start:  11.00 am Stanton village car park. OS Map ref: SP 067 344.


Walking the Ways – Thursday 16thMay – Moderate

This circular walk from Bourton-on-the-Water takes the Windrush Way west through sheltered valleys and pleasant woodland to the village of Naunton. The return on the Wardens Way provides great views from the hills and the Slaughter villages. Bring a packed lunch.5 hours: 10 miles.

Start:  10.00 am Bourton-on-the-Water War Memorial. OS Map ref: SP 167 207.


The Graveyard Slot – Thursday  30thMay – Moderate

A visit to local churchyards at Mickleton, Ebrington and Chipping Campden to find interesting – and sometimes quirky – features. Please bring a packed lunch.6 hours: 11 miles.

Start:  10.00 am Mickleton Church. Park in Church Lane or use the small church car park (voluntary donation). OS Map ref: SP 162 435.


Chipping Campden Town Walk – Tuesday 28thand Thursday 30thMay – Easy

We will walk along the High Street and provide a historical tour of the town. From the granting of Campden’s Charter in the 1180s, the growth of the town and its magnificent buildings, to the arrival of the Arts and Crafts movement. Refreshments available in the town after the walk. 1.5 hours.

Start:  14:00 on Tuesdays and 10:00 on Thursdays. Meet at the Market Hall in the centre of town.

OS Map ref: SP 15136 39174.

 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.