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10 great walks in the Cotswolds

PUBLISHED: 12:15 22 July 2015

There are many walking trails which make the most of the beautiful landscape of the Cotswolds / Image: antb

There are many walking trails which make the most of the beautiful landscape of the Cotswolds / Image: antb

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The ideal way to enjoy the undulating green landscape of the Cotswolds is to slip on your walking shoes and go outdoors. There are a lot of well-trodden routes offering fantastic views of this region of England. Here’s our pick of the best...

The Cotswold Way / Image: Neil Hoggarth The Cotswold Way / Image: Neil Hoggarth

The Cotswold Way

A National Trail that offers over 100 miles of scenic walking with panoramic views of the Cotswolds, stretching north-eastwards from Bath to Chipping Campden. There are many shorter walks that encorporate the trail, taking you around the characterful Cleeve Common with its wildflowers and limestone grassland, pretty market towns like Winchcombe, Chipping Campden, Stanton and Snowshill, Broadway with its eye-catching folly tower, and more. Take a look at this five-mile taster walk from the Cotswolds Conservation Board, and read Sue Wise’ blog as she tackles the Cotswold Way stage by stage.

The Winchcombe Way / Image: Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome The Winchcombe Way / Image: Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome

The Winchcombe Way

A marked 42-mile figure-of-eight trail centred on the Cotswold town of Winchcombe designed to show walkers the hidden gems of the northern Cotswolds. The eastern loop climbs out of Winchcombe and follows the Farmcote valley before entering Guiting Wood. From here it passes through quiet valleys and tranquil villages, following the Cotswold escarpment to the spectacular Stanway House and the restored watermill. It then proceeds passed Hailes Abbey on the return to Winchcombe. The western loop ascends Langley Hill offering splendid views before dropping down into Gretton and across to Alderton. The trail then skirts around Dumbleton Hill, continuing through Alstone and onto Cleeve Common with its rare plants and panoramic views. The trail reaches its conclusion with a descent towards Winchcombe offering fine views of Sudeley Castle and the surrounding countryside.

Cleeve Hill & Common Walk / Image: Cotswolds Conservation Board Cleeve Hill & Common Walk / Image: Cotswolds Conservation Board

The Cleeve Hill & Common Walk

A 6.5 mile walk roaming across the Cotswolds’ highest common for brilliant views to the Malverns and into Wales (on a clear day). The old English name of the hill is Cleeve Cloud, or ‘Lump on a Cliff’, and the common is great all year for walking - but walkers should be careful during bad weather. Centuries of quarrying have left rocky notches in the landscape of interest to geologists, and nature lovers come to this corner of the Cotswolds for the rare plants and bird breeding areas on the limestone grassland. For a detailed map, click here.

The Five Valley Walk / Image: www.mapmywalk.com & Google The Five Valley Walk / Image: www.mapmywalk.com & Google

The Five Valleys Walk

A circular walk of around 20 miles crossing the Chalford, Nailsworth, Ruscombe, Slad and Painswick valleys and their respective villages. Held in aid of the Stroud-based branch of Meningitis Now, an annual walk following the route is arranged each September, with families across Gloucestershire registering and getting involved. This year’s event includes unique attractions at each checkpoint. For children, there’s a nature trail to navigate and facepainters to ensure they look the part; bouncy castles and jugglers to keep them entertained; and a touch of magic and glamour as Gifford’s Circus is in town. Tickets can be purchased on the day or online.

The Gloucestershire Way / Image: Long Distance Walkers Association & Ordnance Survey The Gloucestershire Way / Image: Long Distance Walkers Association & Ordnance Survey

The Gloucestershire Way

A 94-mile walk starting at Chepstow on the Welsh-English border, running through the ancient Forest of Dean and across the River Severn at Gloucester before climbing the Cotswold escarpment at Crickley Hill. From here it follows a route across the hills to Salperton, Stow-on-the-Wold and Winchcombe, before returning to the Severn at Tewkesbury. The route can easily be tackled in short sections, or circular routes devised to incorporate parts of it.

The Blossom Trail / Image: Wychavon District Council The Blossom Trail / Image: Wychavon District Council

The Blossom Trail

A 40-mile sign-posted route through the beautiful Vale of Evesham. This walk is best appreciated mid March to mid May when the trees lining the trail are adorned with pretty pink and white blossom. The Vale of Evesham is an exceptionally fertile area that forms part of the River Avon’s flood plains, and is known for its fruit and vegetable production. It lies roughly equidistant between Worcester, Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Diamond Way / Image: Long Distance Walkers Association & Ordnance Survey The Diamond Way / Image: Long Distance Walkers Association & Ordnance Survey

The Diamond Way

A roughly diamond shaped walk of 65 miles which visits many small villages using quiet public footpaths. This imaginative and scenic route through rural Gloucestershire, created by the Ramblers’ North Cotswold Group to celebrate its 60th Jubilee in 1995, stretches from Northleach in the south to near Chipping Campden in the north, Guiting Power in the west to near Bourton-on-the-Water in the east.

The Wychavon Way / Image: Long Distance Walkers Association & Ordnance Survey The Wychavon Way / Image: Long Distance Walkers Association & Ordnance Survey

The Wychavon Way

Originally opened to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, this 42-mile route begins in Droitwich Spa, continues through pleasant villages, over hills and meadows, across rivers and riverside pastures, before finishing in Broadway.

The Wysis Way / Image: Long Distance Walkers Association & Ordnance Survey The Wysis Way / Image: Long Distance Walkers Association & Ordnance Survey

The Wysis Way

A 55 mile route linking the rivers Wye, Severn and Thames. The trail starts in Monmouth and crosses the Forest of Dean and Severn Vale, then climbs the Cotswold escarpment and continues to Bisley. It drops down into the Frome Valley and leads south to the watershed at Thameshead and the source of the Isis, the highest tributary of the Thames.

The Windrush Way / Image: Long Distance Walkers Association & Ordnance Survey The Windrush Way / Image: Long Distance Walkers Association & Ordnance Survey

The Windrush Way

Linking Winchcombe with Bourton-on-the-Water, the 14-mile Windrush Way takes you over the hills, through the villages of Hawling and Cold Aston en route to the River Windrush in picturesque Bourton.

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Thanks to the Cotswolds Conservation Board. They have a large list of walks catering to everybody from the young to the old, from the able to the disabled. Visit the site for details and downloadable maps.

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