Explore the beauty of the Cotswolds this autumn

New programme of Cotswolds guided walks announced
 
A new autumn and winter programme of guided walks has been announced by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, giving local people and visitors the chance to explore the best of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
 
Led by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, the walks take in many of the AONB’s highlights such as Hidcote Manor, Cooper’s Hill, Minchinhampton Common and Belas Knap, as well as some of the most picturesque villages including Bibury, Chipping Campden and the Slaughters, providing an enjoyable way to discover more about this fascinating area. Five of the walks form part of a new series of circular walks on and from the Cotswold Way National Trail, aimed at getting more people out into the countryside.
 
Starting from October and running through to March 2010, the programme contains over 130 FREE guided walks, varying between 4 and 12 miles in length and taking place throughout the AONB.
 
Deputy Head Warden, Simon Mallatratt said: "This year's autumn and winter programme features an exceptional range of walks, which include some of the Cotswolds' finest scenery and points of interest. We've deliberately varied the lengths of the walks to appeal to a wide range of people - from younger families wanting a morning's stroll to experienced ramblers looking for a full day's trek. Not only are they a great way to get some fresh air and exercise, but also to learn more about the Cotswolds' history, landscape and nature."
 
The full programme of walks is available from www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/guidedwalks or from the current edition of the Cotswold Lion newspaper, available from libraries, tourist information centres and downloadable from the website. The full series of self-guided Cotswold Way circular walks is available to download from www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cotswold (go to Planning at Trip).
 
For further information, telephone the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862000.