6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Cotswold Life today click here

8 Cotswold countryside pub walks

PUBLISHED: 08:13 24 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:00 24 March 2017

Stroll round the picture-perfect village of Stanton (c) Andrew Roland Shutterstock

Stroll round the picture-perfect village of Stanton (c) Andrew Roland Shutterstock

$image.copyright

The Cotswolds is a county of beauty: with mesmerising views of the scenery, beautiful landmarks to discover and rolling green countryside to explore, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a walk. We pick 8 walks for you to try and have found the nearby pubs to prepare for your ramble or reward yourself when you finish!

1. Cotswold Way National Trail at Chipping Campden

 

This delightful walk leads you through the charmingly English market town of Chipping Campden, around shaded woodlands and past breathtaking views at Dover’s Hill. During May, beautiful bluebells coat the ground of Lynches Wood making for a truly amazing spectacle. The route is around 4 ½ miles but there is a shorter route at 3 miles for those preferring a more leisurely stroll.

 

Make a stop at The Fleece Inn at Bretforton, a pub steeped in history and owned by the National Trust since 1977. Awarded The Good Pub Guide country pub of the year 2016, you can expect frequently changing local ales on tap and delicious pub grub offering an authentic taste of Worcestershire and its surroundings.

 

2. Belas Knap Long Barrow, Cleeve Common and Winchcombe’s Lion Inn

 

Beginning and ending at Winchcombe’s Lion Inn, this 8 ½ mile walk takes you through charming Cotswold countryside with stunning views to enjoy. Part of the Cotswold Way, as you leave Winchcombe, the historic Sudeley Castle sits a mile to the south-east, a beautiful backdrop as you walk up to the Neolithic chambered tomb of Belas Knap and along the Cleeve Common. As the highest point in Gloucestershire, once you reach the famous Single Beech and Iron Age fort perched on the ‘Cotswold Edge’ spectacular views reaching as far as Wales can be seen.

 

Make your descent down to Postlip and back into Winchcombe to the Lion Inn. With a great selection of local beers, a varied wine list and a menu full of popular seasonal dishes, this delightful former coaching inn is an ideal spot for a much deserved rest.

 

3. Stanton’s Mount Inn, Snowshill and Stanway

 

Sat at the highest point of the idyllic village of Stanton, the Mount Inn’s prime position provides spectacular panoramic views spanning across the Malvern Hills and Black Welsh mountains. Take a seat in the pub’s picturesque beer garden where you can soak in the stunning views with a host of delicious beers and wines to sample.

 

As you leave the Mount Inn to begin the 8 mile walk, follow the Cotswold Way around Shenberrow Hill to where it meets the Winchcombe Way, then loop around via Buckland Wood to Snowshill. If you get a chance, a stroll around the wonderful Snowshill Manor and garden is a must.The return leg takes you though Lidcombe Wood and down the steep hill to Stanway. Finish the walk heading north to Stanton along the Cotswold Way.

 

4. Bourton-on-the-hill, Batsford Arboretum, Horse and Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill

 

This walk takes you past Sezincote House, an Indian extravaganza of romantic landscape including temples, grottoes, waterfalls and canals, open to visitors during set times, before making your way north through the Cotswold market town of Moreton-in-Marsh to Batsford House. Batsford House and its Arboretum are worth a visit for history and nature lovers alike, the childhood home of the infamous Mitford sisters boasts 56 acres and an arboretum with a collection of unique trees and shrubs and a whole host of flora and fauna. Then rejoin the Heart of England Way again for the short return leg back to Bourton-on-the-Hill.

 

In the heart of the village sits the Horse and Groom, a lovely laidback Cotswold country pub which offers award winning food and drink alongside comfortable accommodation. Why not enjoy a leisurely meal in their beautiful restored dining room as a reward for completing the 7 mile walk?

 

5. Tewkesbury, Apperley, Red Lion and Deerhurst

 

Begin this 8 mile ramble in the medieval market town of Tewkesbury, home to Tewkesbury Abbey, a gem of Norman architecture and quaint alleyways which run crookedly adjacent to the main two streets of the town. Make your way across the Bloody Meadow, where the Battle of Tewkesbury took place in 1471, and along the river bank path. Follow the Severn Way past the village of Deerhurst and you’ll find yourself at the bottom of Apperley, a small picturesque village made up of cute red brick houses, an impressive cricket pavilion and rolling green surroundings.

 

Take a mid-walk break at The Red Lion, set on one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Severn. This iconic riverside pub provides an ideal setting for al fresco dining, especially if you get a chance to sample a plate of their tasty pub classics done really well. Make your way from the river and make the homeward journey back along the fields past Deerhurst towards Tewkesbury.

 

6. Broadway Tower Country Park

 

The focal point of this walk is the beautiful Broadway Tower Country Park and its iconic tower, a late 18th century castle boasting views across 13 (some say 16) counties. The walk begins at the charming Cotswold village of Broadway, along the Cotswold Way and continues past the Cotswold Way Acorn signs up towards Broadway Tower. If you get a chance, take a trip up the Tower for awe-inspiring views of the stunning Cotswold countryside. Then loop back along Coneygree Lane turning right at St Eadburgha’s Church and back to Broadway.

 

Following the 4 ½ mile trek, take a much deserved break at the delightful Crown and Trumpet Inn, a 17th century Inn, built in Cotswold stone. It’s the ideal spot for a chilled Pimms on the patio in the summer or a hot toddie sat in front of the roaring open fire in the winter. For those feeling peckish there’s plenty of light bites, pub classics and tasty homemade pies to enjoy.

 

7. Naunton, Windrush Valley, The Slaughters and the Black Horse Inn, Naunton

 

This 7 ½ mile walk takes you through the rolling greenery of Windrush Valley and the picture perfect twin villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter. Walking through the valley alongside the river allows you to explore past ancient ruins, medieval villages, Norman churches and Elizabethan manor houses, as well as gorgeous scenery to soak in. Begin the ramble in the centre of the peaceful Cotswold village of Naunton south along Warden’s Way. After a mile head east where the path meets the Windrush Way. Cross the river at the footbridge beyond Aston Farm, turn left along the Macmillan Way and then the Wardens Way through the pretty Slaughters and back round to Naunton.

 

The village’s Black Horse Inn has been serving patrons excellent beers and delicious home cooked dishes for over 100 years and still retains much of its original character. For larger groups of walkers, the Inn can arrange a spread of sandwiches to quell hunger upon arrival.

 

8. Kingham, The Wild Rabbit and Chipping Norton

 

With a mixture of elegant stone and thatch cottages, rolling greenery and the statuesque St Andrew’s church, Kingham is a picture-perfect Cotswold village ideal to begin a scenic countryside walk. Enjoy a drink or two, or perhaps a meal at the delightful Wild Rabbit, a gorgeous gastropub with chic interior and a tempting menu to savour.

 

This walk takes you north out of the village, with stunning views of Evenlode Valley and along the woods. There are two walks available but both will encounter the beautiful villages of Adlestrop, Chastledon and Cornwell. For those who get the chance, try to visit the National Trust managed Chastleton House and gardens. The Jacobean country house is a perfect place to enjoy a peaceful moment in a glorious setting. Following the countryside, and a view to Bliss Mill down to the right, you’ll find yourself in the small vibrant town of Chipping Norton full of independent shops, antique stores and a selection of eateries to visit. Click here for more information about this walk and more around the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

 

 

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

Yesterday, 11:47

The weekend has finally arrived and what better way to celebrate time off then with a bottle of fizz? We pick 10 Cheltenham spots perfect for a few glasses (or bottles) of bubbly

Read more
Tue, 13:50

Join foraging expert Liz Knight as she teaches you how to forage for wild ingredients collected from Eckington Manors farm and local surrounding countryside.

Read more
Mon, 16:06

They may be local, artisan and made in the Cotswolds, but for a product to really win people over, the quality has to live up to the name

Read more

Ad Feature: Eckington Manor

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Food is at the heart of what we do here at Eckington Manor...

Read more
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Thursday 8th June 2017 - Shen London, visionary leaders in the creation of rare and exquisite fine jewellery, will host an entertaining and leisurely lunch dedicated to unearthing the secrets of fine jewellery design and the sourcing and buying of exceptional diamonds.

Read more
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Food at Whatley Manor bursts with flavour and originality with a choice of two dining experiences and two bars; perfect for an aperitif before lunch or dinner.

Read more
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tea lovers rejoice, you’re in for a real treat at Cheltenham’s T2 this Friday

Read more
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Once the preserve of high society, an afternoon tea is now widely available in cafes, tearooms and restaurants across the UK. This is no less true in the Cotswolds. We pick 19 of the best places to enjoy this indulgent treat in the region

Read more
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Chris White announced as a finalist in the Restaurant Chef of the Year category of The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2017

Read more
Friday, April 7, 2017

Cotswold pubs are some of the cosiest in the country, think low beamed ceilings, flagstone floors and plenty of charm. The biggest challenge is choosing where to go!

Read more
Friday, April 7, 2017

You might think of the seaside when you think of ice cream, but us landlubbers in the Cotswolds needn’t travel far for a 99. There’s fresh locally-made ice cream being made right across the region, so here’s our pick of the ten best places to grab a scoopful...

Read more
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

There are many beautiful spots in and around the Cotswolds to lay your blanket down and enjoy a good old fashioned picnic! Here are 13 of the best…

Read more
Friday, March 31, 2017

Indulge in the perfect break for foodies, enjoying the finest food prepared by our award winning Head Chefs, Mark & Sue Stinchcombe... plus a few little extras!

Read more
Friday, March 31, 2017

The Cheese Shed has a luxury Abundance hamper up for grabs

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory
A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Cotswold Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Cotswold's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search