Walks with Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

(Last Updated On: October 26, 2019)





January 2020

Guiting Power to Kineton – Tuesday 7th January – Moderate
A moderate walk through Cotswold woods, fields and villages.  Food and drink available in local pub afterwards. 3 hours: 5.5 miles.

Start:  10.00 am Guiting Power village hall car park (donation). OS Map ref: SP 095 246.

A nice winter walk – Sunday 12th January – Moderate
We leave the valley and ascend the scarp slope, passing historic sites along the way, to enjoy airy views from the Salt Way. We then head towards Hailes before returning to Winchcombe in time for lunch.
3 hours: 6 miles.

Start:  10.00 am Winchcombe Back Lane car park (£1 all day). OS Map ref: SP 024 285.

A Polar Expedition – Monday 20th January – Moderate
A walk through some of the remoter parts of the North Cotswolds, visiting the monument that gives this walk its name and returning through Longborough and past Sezincote House.  Please bring a packed lunch. 5.5 hours: 10.5 miles.

Start:  9.30 am Community shop, Blockley. OS Map ref: SP 164 349

December 2019

A Short Walk to Rajasthan – Tuesday 17th December – Easy

A very gentle stroll to Sezincote House and the option to go to the Horse and Groom for pre-Christmas drink and food. 2 hours: 3.5 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Car Park at Horse and Groom Pub, Bourton-on-the-Hill, on A44 2 miles west of Moreton  in Marsh. OS Map ref: SP 173 326.

November 2019

Windrush, Wardens Way Circular – Walk 4 – Tuesday 5h November – Moderate

The last in a series of four circular walks encompassing the Windrush and Wardens Way. We will leave Winchcome on the Windrush Way and return via the Wardens Way. Hopefully we will get lovely views down the Sudeley valley. Bring a packed lunch. 4.5 hours: 8 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Winchcombe Back lane car park (£1 all day) OS Map ref: SP 024 285.

Hidcote Hike – Thursday 7th November – Strenuous

An excellent walk, much of the trail being stone tracks. We start at HIdcote, which will be closed, and head for Chipping Campden and Ebrington passing the large mansion style house of Foxcote. End with glorious views over Ilmington and a scenic descent to Hidcote. Bring a snack and a packed lunch. 5 hours: 10 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Hidcote NT car park. OS Map ref: SP 176 428.

Hills and Churches around Oxenton Hill – 8th November – Moderate

A hilly walk passing the churches around Oxenton and Crane Hills. Great views on a clear day. Please bring a drink/snack. 3 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Park carefully in Alstone village. Meet at St Margaret’s church. OS Map ref: SO 983 325.

Power around Guiting – Tuesday 12th November – Moderate

This circular walk starts at the ancient village of Guiting Power. We climb up the Cotswold Hills to get views to the north and west (weather permitting). Dropping down into the river valley, we come to the village of Naunton with its famous dovecote. Bring drinks and a snack. 3 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Guiting Power village car park (donation) OS Map ref: SP 094 246.

A Three Village Walk – 19th November – Strenuous

A walk with several ascents but no significant climbs. We visit the villages of Cold Aston (also known as Aston Blanc), Turkdean and Notgrove via the Macmillan Way, Diamond Way and Gloucestershire Way. Refreshments available after the walk in The Plough, Cold Aston.
3 hours: 6.5 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Village green, Cold Aston. OS Map ref: SP 129 197.

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.


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.

 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.