Guided Walks – Programme Postponed


The Cotswolds National Landscape team is continuing to closely monitor the situation with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In light of Government guidance for the Covid-19 pandemic to avoid non-essential social contact, we have taken steps to cancel the Cotswold Wardens guided public walks programme until further notice. Thank you for your continued interest in our guided walks and for your patience over the last year as walks have been suspended.

Warden only walks

We are trialling out the new booking system for guided walks which will be in place over the coming months, and so with apologies, we are currently only taking bookings from Cotswold Wardens for walks.

The ‘warden only’ walks for small groups of existing, registered wardens will run from the 29th March until mid-May 2021. Subject to the ongoing easing of lockdown in England, we will be aiming to open up the guided walks again to the public from mid-May. We are really looking forward to welcoming people back to the guided walks programme, but we must do this in a safe and careful way. As such, from mid-May, all places must be reserved through the booking system, and numbers will be capped to keep the walks manageable.

Until the Wardens Guided Walks are back up and running for everyone to book on to, please feel welcome to try one of our self-guided walks which can be found here. Please remember to follow official government advice, stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily. If you are unsure, please check the government guidelines here.

Discover the Cotswolds on a guided walk

Guided walks that meet your search criteria are listed below. A map showing the locations of the walks is displayed at the bottom of the page. Click on the walk title for more information.

Many of the walks listed are led by our Cotswold Voluntary Wardens who organise a year-round programme of walks that take place across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including along the Cotswold Way. These walks vary in distance and difficulty, and offer an interesting and often entertaining way of discovering more about our countryside and landscape.

As well as the guided walks programme, the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens will consider requests from groups for tailor-made walks within the Cotswolds AONB, subject to the availability of walk leaders (for more information contact Rebecca Jones,, tel: 01451 862008).

For guided walk updates and the latest news if a walk has been cancelled due to weather condition, please click on the Messages & Alerts tab below.

PLEASE NOTE With the very wet weather we have experienced recently some of these walks may be more strenuous from the muddy footpaths and take longer than originally scoped – updated 03/02/2020

Find a walk


EASY — length may vary, but terrain is mainly flat (level)
MODERATE — includes some hills and some rough ground
STRENUOUS — may be rough underfoot and ascents and descents may be steep

Wednesday, 21st April, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
On Form With Some Ups and Downs

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 3.5 hours Distance: 7 miles

Start point: On the straight road near Asthall Manor OX18 4HW

The Windrush Valley never fails to delight with its meadows and stone buildings. Please bring a snack and drink.

Tuesday, 27th April, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
In Praise of Sir Stanley

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 3.0 hours Distance: 3.5 miles

Start point: Car park opposite The Old Spot Inn, Hill Road, Dursley.

Join us in celebrating the 90th anniversary of the bequest by Sir Stanley Tubbs of 185 acres of land on Stinchcombe Hill. The full walk starts with a stiff climb from the start onto the Hill. Alternatively, join the walk at 10:30 at the Golf Clubhouse for a 2.5 mile flat circuit of the Hill.

Tuesday, 27th April, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
Round Meon Hill

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 4 hours Distance: 8 miles

Start point: Mickleton church. Park along church lane or use the small church car park (voluntary donation)

Leaving Mickleton, we will walk through Baker's Hill Wood, on to Hidcote Boyce and Hidcote Bartrim and finally a circuit round Meon Hill, discovering the facts and legends associated with it.

Please note:

Unless otherwise indicated, all walks by the Voluntary Wardens are free of charge however donations are very much appreciated and are usually collected at the end of the walk.

PLEASE: always remember to wear appropriate footwear because some walks may be steep and muddy in places. Sorry but only assistance dogs are allowed on walks. Warden Leaders will take all reasonable care and precautions but each walker is ultimately responsible for their own safety, and for determining their capability to complete the chosen walk.

It is also advisable to check the website or call the Cotswolds Conservation Board (01451 862000) beforehand for details of any changes, particularly during bad weather.

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