Walks with Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

(Last Updated On: August 28, 2019)

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LOCAL WALKS WITH THE

COTSWOLDS VOLUNTARY WARDENS

October 2019

Three Rivers, three villages around Bourton-on-the-water – Tuesday 8thOctober – Moderate

Countryside and across three rivers in this circular of the villages, starting at and around Bourton on the Water. Wyck Rissington – Lower Slaughter – Upper Slaughter – and back to Bourton.4.5 hours: 7.5 miles.
Start:  9.30 am Bourton-on-the-Water war memorial. OS Map ref: SP 167 207.

Windrush, Wardens Way Circular – Walk 3 – Thursday 10thOctober – Moderate

The third in a series of four circular walks encompassing the Windrush and Wardens Way. This walk takes us out on the Windrush Way to the medieval village of Hawling before returning on the Wardens Way through Guiting Wood. Please bring a packed lunch.4.5 hours: 8 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Guiting Power village car park (donation). OS Map ref: SP 095 246.

Stanway Watermill and Tures – Thursday 17thOctober – Moderate

A varied walk exploring Stanway Estate, looking at how water is used and managed, including a visit to the working flour mill (admission charge £3). Climbing up through woods, we will see a restored ture and how the famous fountain gets its supply of water. Return to Stanton via Shenberrow Hill.4 hours: 5.5 miles.
Start:  9.30 am Stanton village car park, next to cricket ground. OS Map ref: SP 067 344.

A Circuit of Cleeve Common – Wednesday 23rdOctober – Moderate

A walk around the edges of Cleeve Common, visiting an ancient sheep wash, abandoned quarries and the highest point in the Cotswolds. One short challenging, climb then mainly level. Lunch and drinks available afterwards at the Golf Club.3 hours: 6.5 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Quarry car park, just past the golf club. Off B4632 between Winchcombe and Prestbury. OS Map ref: SO 989 272.

Where the Windrush rushes – Tuesday 29thOctober – Moderate

Another in our informal series about how a parish fits into the wider Cotswold environment, perhaps giving some answers about why this lovely place is here and why it has developed the way it has. Bring suitable refreshment.3 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10.00 amTemple Guiting village car park. OS Map ref: SP 089 278.

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.

 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.