Walks with Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

(Last Updated On: February 27, 2018)





April 2018

Countryside & Villages around Bourton-on-the-Water – Monday 2nd April – Strenuous

This circular walk goes cross-country to the villages of Clapton-on-the-Hill, Farmington and Cold Aston. The walk returns along the Windrush river. 6 hours: 11 miles.
Start: 9.30 am Bourton-on-the-Water War Memorial. OS Map ref SP 170 211.

 A Walk Through History – Thursday 5th April – Moderate
A moderate walk from Stretton-on-Fosse to Paxford, Ebrington and Compton Scorpion, with far reaching views. Please bring a packed lunch. 5 hours: 10 miles.
Start: 10.00 am Outside Plough Inn, Stretton-on-the-Fosse. Park on roadside. OS Map ref SP 220 385.

 Spring on the Overbury Estate – Tuesday 10th April – Moderate
A varied walk starting from Overbury village, climbing up Bredon Hill through the estate and parkland with good views. We will learn some of the history of the family estate and a Gothic castle built by a 17th century pirate. 3 hours: 5.5 miles.
Start: 10.00am St Faith’s Church, Overbury. Park on road near church. OS Map ref SO 957 374.

Windrush and Wardens Way Circular – Walk 2 – Thursday 12th April – Moderate
A series of four circular walks encompassing the Windrush and Wardens Ways. This walk takes us out on the Wardens Way through Guiting Wood, returning on the Windrush Way via the medieval village of Hawling. Bring a packed lunch. 4.5 hours: 8 miles.
Start: 10.00 am Guiting Power village hall car park (donation). OS Map ref SP 095 246.

 The Solicitor and the Sexton – Saturday 14th April – Moderate
The English novelist, Algernon Gissing, an erstwhile solicitor, wrote one of the first walking guides for the Cotswolds. His unlikely friendship with William Smith was the cornerstone of his writing. The walk centres on Saintbury and the surrounding area. Bring packed lunch. 5.5 hours: 10 miles.
Start: 9.30 am Chipping Campden, the Market Hall. OS Map ref SP 151 392.

 Early Birds – Friday 20th April – Easy
A circular walk from Temple Guiting to Guiting Power. Fairly level walking, 3 short hills and one stile. Likely to be muddy. We hope to see a range of common farmland birds and early summer visitors. Binoculars would be useful. 3.5 hours: 7miles.
Start: 10.00 am St Mary’s Church Temple Guiting. Park at the village hall. OS Map ref SP 090 279.

 Passion and Politics – Saturday 28th April – Moderate
The walk focuses on Bourton-on-the-Hill, its manor house and church, and delves into the life of one of its former inhabitants. Bring packed lunch and refreshments. 5.5 hours: 10 miles.
Start: 9.30 am Longborough, near bus shelter. Park carefully in village. OS Map ref SP 179 296.


March 2018

Battles and Brewing in Stow – Thursday 1st March – Moderate

The walk will take us via Broadwell to the site of the Battle of Stow, and onto the Donnington Brewery. The return is via Upper Swell to Stow where we will explore evidence of the town’s brewing history. Walk is in collaboration with the Stow Civic Society.

3 hours: 5.5 miles.

Start: 10:00 am Stow-on-the-Wold village green, old stocks. OS Map ref SP 192 258.


The Ebrington Boundary Stones – Friday 9th March – Strenuous

The third of a series of walks based on the boundary stones erected to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This walk will visit the final stone marking the boundary between Quinton and Ebrington and revisiting others. Please bring a packed lunch. 5.5 hours: 11 miles.

 Start: 10:00 am Mickleton church. OS Map ref SP 162 435.


Snowshill (the rest of it) – Thursday 15th March – Moderate

We know all about the Manor but there is an interesting parish around it, from Bronze Age and Iron Age remains to (relatively) modern quarrying. Bring suitable refreshment. 3 hours: 6 miles.

Start: 10:00am Snowshill village car park (free), next to NT car cark for the manor.

OS Map ref SP 096 340.


Windrush and Wardens Way Circular – Walk 1 – Thursday 22nd March – Moderate

This is the first in a series of four circular walks encompassing the Windrush and Wardens Ways. This walk takes us out on the Wardens Way to Roel Gate, returning via the Windrush Way. We should get wonderful views down the Sudeley valley. Bring a packed lunch. 4.5 hours: 8 miles.

 Start: 10:00 am Winchcombe Back Lane car park (pay & display £1 per day). OS Map ref SP 094 375.




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.





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