Guided Walks


All visitors to the Cotswolds National Landscape need to ensure they are following the latest government rules and guidance. You should read the full advice and restrictions for England, Wales, Scotland before enjoying the outdoors


**Re-Start of the Guided Walks Programme**

Our guided walks programme will continue to run over the summer and thereafter. Our Cotswold Voluntary Wardens are pleased to be out offering walks across the Cotswolds National Landscape and meeting members of the public. We will still proceed with caution, however, because the national situation is still not ‘normal’.

Donations are welcome and help us provide more guided walks like these and to take care of the countryside.

From 19th July 2021, some walks will still have to be booked and will offer a booking form when a walk is selected from a search and will also have limited spaces available – once a walk is full, it won’t be possible to book any more spaces.

Walks which do not require booking will not present a booking form.
If there is no mention of the booking system on the specific walk page, then you will be able to simply turn up on the day, at the venue and the time given.

Some aspects won’t change, so we will continue to walk carefully and make sure that walkers do not cluster around gates and other ‘pinch points’. If you wish, bring a face mask to wear if you feel more comfortable doing so at any point, e.g. especially with a pub/café/coffee stop. You are also welcome to bring anti-bacterial hand gel.

If you choose a ‘bookable’ walk then please read the following:

Booking is straightforward. First select a walk using the ‘location’, ‘month’ and ‘difficulty’ filters. You will then find a new booking form. Enter your personal details. Having booked a walk, you will receive a confirmation email. Your details will be retained for 21 days.

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

Tuesday, 19th October, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
Marshfield – Town and Country

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 4.5 miles

Start point: Market Place, Marshfield What3 Words addicted.campfire.patching

Meeting in the Market Place, we take a morning walk South through fields (no stiles) to the hamlet of Ashwicke, then via bridleways back to the Toll House, Almshouses and along the High Street of this small medieval market town.

Tuesday, 19th October, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
Royal William to Cranham and back.

Difficulty: Easy Duration: 3 hours Distance: 6 miles

Start point: Royal William Pub (Cranham) on A46 GL6 6TT

A moderate walk with some strenuous parts – these give excellent views!
Lunch and refreshments in the Royal William.

Wednesday, 20th October, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
Prinknash and Painswick

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 5 miles

Start point: Prinknash Abbey car park. Signposted on the A46 Brockworth to Stroud road

Starting in the car park of the historic Prinknash Abbey we skirt the old Abbey with views over the Severn before meeting the Cotswold Way. We follow the CW as far as Painswick Beacon before returning through Pope’s Wood. Again some amazing views from the Beacon (weather permitting).

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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