Walks with Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

(Last Updated On: June 23, 2019)

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LOCAL WALKS WITH THE

COTSWOLDS VOLUNTARY WARDENS

September 2019

 

Woods, Wolds and a Prophetess – Tuesday 3rdSeptember – Moderate

This varied walk takes us through three historic villages and across the Wolds which provide lovely views across the North Cotswolds. We walk through woodlands and meadows which should be rich in flora and fauna at the time of our walk. Bring a packed lunch.5.5 hours: 11 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Batsford Arboretum car park. OS Map ref: SP 181 334.

Fame & Fortune: exploring beyond Moreton in Marsh – Thursday 5thSeptember – Easy

This walk offers the chance to view the majestic house of the famous Mitford family, near Bourton-on-the-Hill. Walking towards Longborough, we pass Sezincote and find out about the history of the house and family. We return to Moreton via the hidden duck pond. Bring coffee/snacks.3 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Moreton in Marsh war memorial. Long term car park by station & on streets. OS Map ref: SP 205 326.

Windrush, Wardens Way Circular – Walk 2 – Tuesday 10thSeptember – Moderate

The second in a series of circular walks along the Wardens & Windrush Way. From Naunton, we climb out of the valley to Aylworth and Guiting Power. We pick up the Wardens Way and pass Guiting’s Norman church and Naunton’s unusual sun dials. Bring refreshments.4 hours: 6.5 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Park in Naunton village & meet at the Black Horse pub. OS Map ref: SP 118 234.

Enviromentally Friendly Farming – Tuesday 17thSeptember – Moderate

An undulating walk with one short steep climb on the private tracks, headlands and woods of Guiting Manor Farm where the aim is to farm with wildlife habitat in mind. See how man and nature benefit whilst enjoying superb views of the Cotswold landscape. Bring a drink/snack.
3.5 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Guiting Manor Farm. Park in field opposite farm on left hand side as you approach from Winchcombe.OS Map ref: SP 088 252.

Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way – Thursday 19thSeptember – Moderate

The walk will use some of the long distance paths in the Cotswolds and take in the iconic villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. Please bring a packed lunch.5 hours: 9 miles.
Start:  10.00 amPark in Naunton village and meet at the Black Horse pub. OS Map ref: SP 119 236.

Chipping Campden Town Walk – Every Tuesday and Thursday – 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 center of town.

OS Map ref: SP 15136 39174.

August 2019

Windrush, Wardens Way Circular – Walk 1 – Thursday 8thAugust – Moderate

This circular walk from Bourton-on-the Water takes the Wardens Way west through picturesque villages and across the North Cotswold hills to Naunton. The return on the Windrush Way follows the River Windrush and take us through sheltered valleys and pleasant woodland. Bring a packed lunch.
5 hours: 10 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Bourton-on-the-Water, War Memorial OS Map ref: SP 167 207

 Woodlands in Summer – Thursday 15thAugust – Moderate

Looking at the habitats of the wonderful Cotswold scarp at the height of summer – two woods of very different characteristics with limestone grassland, magnificent views and a couple of lovely villages thrown in. Bring suitable refreshment.3 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Stanton village car park, next to cricket ground. OS Map ref: SP 067 343.

Three Hills – Thursday 29thAugust – Strenuous

A vigorous walk from Winchcombe, with ascents up Langley Hill, Nottingham Hill and Cleeve Hill. Fantastic views on a clear day to the North and West. Please bring packed lunch, morning and afternoon snacks and plenty of water.6.5 hours: 12 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Winchcombe Back Lane car park (£1 all day). OS Map ref: SP 024 286.

Chipping Campden Town Walk – Every Tuesday and Thursday – 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.

July 2019

Let the Train Take the Strain – Thursday 4thJuly – Strenuous

Meet at the ticket office at 10.00 am in time to catch 10.15 am diesel train to Broadway (single ticket: £7). We will then walk back to Toddington using mainly the Cotswold Way. Two steep ascents. Please bring packed lunch.6.5 hours: 12 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Toddington Steam Railway Station. OS Map ref: SP 050 323

Windrush Wander – Tuesday 9thJuly – Strenuous

A clockwise route towards Great Rissington, turning east, then south to Great Barrington, Little Barrington, Windrush and back to Sherborne.4.5 hours: 11 miles.
Start:  9.30 am Water Meadows car park (NT) near Northfield Barn, Sherbourne. OS Map ref: SP 175 154

Castlett Wood, Kineton, a brook and a river – Tuesday 9thJuly – Moderate

A circular walk which follows the Castlett Brook through Castlett Wood before passing through the hamlet of Kineton where the walk briefly runs alongside the River Windrush.2.5 hours: 5.5 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Guiting Power village car park (donation). OS Map ref: SP 095 246.

No Rush around Windrush – Tuesday 16thJuly – Moderate

A pleasant walk taking in the Windrush, Naunton (famous for its church and dovecote) and Barton, with food and drink available at the pub after the walk.2.5 hours: 5 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Farmers Arms pub car park, Guiting Power. OS Map ref: SP 095 247.

Bredon Hill Panorama – Thursday  18thJuly – Moderate

An energetic walk up and around Bredon Hill, noting the history, flora and fauna of the hill and enjoying a 360 degree view of the countryside. Bring a packed lunch.5.5 hours: 9 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Elmley Castle – small car park plus road parking.  OS Map ref: SO 984 410.

Up and around Nottingham Hill – Tuesday 30thJuly – Moderate

A circular walk exploring Nottingham Hill with lovely views of the Malverns. Some steep climbs, rough paths and stiles. Refreshments available at the pub after the walk, if required.3.5 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10.00 am The Apple Tree pub, Stockwell Lane, Woodmancote. OS Map ref: SO 975 274.

Chipping Campden Town Walk – Every Tuesday and Thursday – 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.

 

June 2019

 

Adlestrop Present and Past – Wednesday 12thJune – Moderate

This walk takes us through lovely countryside around Adlestrop. The walk ends around 2.00pm with a short talk in the Village Hall by Ralph Price remembering village life from his childhood onwards (30 mins). Tea & cake on offer. Bring a packed lunch.3.5 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  11.00 am Adlestrop village hall (in the village). Donation requested. OS Map ref: SP 241 272

 Butterflora – Thursday 13thJune – Moderate

Four miles of wandering (with a few short steep hills and rough ground) through some well known butterfly reserves and the surrounding countryside. We look down, rather than up, and see (if the seasons permit!) some of the great variety of wildflowers there.3 hours: 4 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Car park by Cleeve Common radio masts. Reached from Cheltenham via Harp Hill & Aggs Hill. Please share cars if possible. OS Map ref: SO 994 248.

Scenic Countryside around Bourton – Tuesday 18thJune – Strenuous

Gorgeous countryside, lovely villages, and good exercise! A circular walk from Bourton-on-the-Water via Cold Aston, Farmington and Clapton. Some steep slopes, stiles and good country mud! Bring a flask for a drink at Cold Aston, packed lunch between Farmington and Clapton.5.5 hours: 11 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Bourton-on-the-Water War Memorial. OS Map ref: SP 167 207.

A Remote and Beautiful Valley – Tuesday 25thJune – Moderate

A circular walk passing through some of the North Cotswolds’ most remote and beautiful countryside. The walk first runs through woods above the Hinchwick valley, descends briefly into an adjoining valley and then returns along the bottom of the dry Hinchwick valley itself.2.5 hours: 5 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Hinchwick hamlet. Please park tidily on the grass verge. OS Map ref: SP 145 301.

Flower Foray around Cleeve Common – Friday  28thJune – Moderate

A fabulous flower foray! We hope to showcase the wonderful range of wildflowers that grow on Cleeve Common, a mecca for botanists. Wear sturdy footwear for scrambling over rougher areas.
3 hours: 4 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Cleeve Hill Quarry car park. Turn off B4632 at the summit signposted to Golf Club. Up the lane, over the cattle grid, turn left and then right.  OS Map ref: SO 989 272.

Chipping Campden Town Walk – Every Tuesday and Thursday – 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.

May 2019

 

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.