8 Cotswold countryside pub walks
PUBLISHED: 08:13 24 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:00 24 March 2017
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!
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