Walks with Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

(Last Updated On: March 19, 2020)


In the light of Government guidance for the Covid -19 pandemic to avoid non-essential social contact we have cancelled the Cotswold Wardens Walks programme from Thursday 19th March until further notice.



April 2020


Reasons to be Thankful – Tuesday 7th April – Moderate

A comfortable short walk along the Warden’s Way, Heart of England Way and the Windrush Way. Plenty of watering holes in Bourton.  2 hours: 5 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Bourton-on-the-Water War Memorial in village centre. OS Map ref: SP 167 206.

 Woods and Wolds – Tuesday 21st April – Strenuous

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. Bring packed lunch & drinks. 5.5 hours: 10.5 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Blockley Community Shop. OS Map ref: SP 164 349.

Ilmington – on the Edge – Monday 27th April – Moderate

Ilmington is the far northern outpost of the Cotswolds, with wide views all around and lots of interesting features. Please bring suitable refreshments. 3.5 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Ilmington Playing Fields car park, on the outskirt of the village along the Mickleton road. OS Map ref: SP 209 440.

Early Birds – Tuesday 28th April – Moderate

A walk from Temple Guiting to Guiting Power. Fairly level walking with three 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. 4 hours: 7 miles.
Start:  10.00 am St Mary’s, Temple Guiting GL54 5RS. Park at village hall. OS Map ref: SP 089 277.

Bluebells in Bloom (hopefully!) – Thursday 30th April – Moderate

A circumnavigation around pretty Cotswold outliers, Alderton & Dumbleton hills. A spectacular display of bluebells in the spring. Due to the fickle nature of the English weather we cannot of course guarantee them. Total ascent 552ft. 2 hours: 4 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Dairy Lane, Dumbleton WR11 7TP. Please park considerately. OS Map ref: SP 017 359.


March 2020


Stanton, Stanway and the Cotswold Escarpment – Tuesday 3rd March – Moderate

From Stanton there is a 650ft climb to the escarpment, along part of the Cotswold Way, and then down to Stanway. Views across the Vale and possibly steam trains. 
3 hours: 5.5 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Stanton Village car park. OS Map ref: SP 067 343.

 Heading for the Opera, a Stow walk – Thursday 12th March – Moderate

This bracing winter walk along very minor roads, paths & tracks takes us past Broadwell onto the hills near Stow. We pass the historic battle site en route to the location of the Longborough Opera (but never quite get there) and return along well worn tracks to Stow. Bring drinks/snacks. 3 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Stow on the Wold, stocks on village green. OS Map ref: SP 192 258.

Spring along the Cotswold and Gloucestershire Ways – Tuesday 17th March – Moderate

A walk to Lineover Wood, Pinchley Wood and Hilcot Wood with two moderate climbs. Pub grub at the Seven Springs. 3.5 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Seven Springs pub car park just off the A436 by the A435 junction. OS Map ref: SO 967 169.

 A Classic Cotswold Ramble – Wednesday 25th March – Moderate

This springtime walk has it all: quintessential Cotswold village, lovely woods and open views. The route uses lesser known paths and includes two climbs. Please bring suitable refreshments. 4 hours: 8 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Snowshill public car park or if a National Trust member bring your card & use Snowshill Manor car park. OS Map ref: SP 097 340

 Ways around Kineton – Friday 27th March – Moderate

An ascent through Guiting Wood and the Farmcote Estate, taking in parts of Wardens, Winchcombe, Diamond and Donnington Ways. A moderate walk with some uphill sections, some road walking but quiet and pretty, including a couple of fords across the River Windrush. Please bring drink/snack.
3.5 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Public car park south of Guiting Wood, Critchford Lane, Temple Guiting GL54 5UZ. OS Map ref: SP 084 258.

February 2020


Cotswold Olimpicks – Tuesday 4th February – Moderate

A lovely picturesque walk with one big down and up. Meeting at the site of the Dover’s Olimpicks, we walk to Broadway and back. Food and drink available in Chipping Campden.
3 hours: 6.5 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Dover’s Hill NT pay & display car park GL55 6UW. OS Map ref: SP 136 395.

Guiting Power – stream and woodland trail – Wednesday 26th February – Moderate

A varied late winter walk, mainly on firm paths from Guiting Power. On the way we pass the site of a deserted medieval village. We follow a tributary of the River Windrush through Castlett and Guiting Woods. Shop/café and pubs in Guiting Power.
3 hours: 5.5 miles.
Start:  10.00 am Guiting Power village car park (donation). OS Map ref: SP 095 246.

Countryside around Stow on the Wold – Thursday 27th February – Moderate

Countryside from Stow to the Swells, Donnington, Longborough, Broadwell and back to Stow. Bring a snack or packed lunch.
4.5 hours: 8 miles.
Start:  9.30 am Stow on the Wold, Stocks on village green. OS Map ref: SP 192 258.

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.