**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’.
So, from 19th July 2021, some walks will still be bookable. Please check each walk as it will be clearly marked if walkers need to book in advance. Bookable walks will also have limited spaces available – once a walk is full, it won’t be possible to book any more spaces. 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, eg 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:
How to book
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
Saturday, 31st July, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
Milton and More
Difficulty: Easy Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 5.5 miles
Start point: Milton under Wychwood Village Hall OX7 6JW
Milton is one of the three villages with Wychwood in the name, tucked away in the far west of Oxfordshire. This easy walk is along field paths, quiet lanes and through the village. Lunch options at the end of the walk.
Please bring £1 for hall car parking donation.
Tuesday, 3rd August, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
The British Empire and a British Poet
Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 5.5 miles
Start point: The Horse and Groom, Upper Oddington
A walk from Upper to Lower Oddington and then on to Adlestrop (Yes, I remember Adlestrop). We then come back via the Daylesford Estate owned by the JCB family.
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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