Guided Walks

Discover the Cotswolds on a guided walk

Many of the walks listed below 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 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 Smith,, tel: 01451 862008).
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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 November, 2018 – Start: 10:00 am
From Leckhampton Hill to Hartley Bottom

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 3 hours Distance: 6 miles

Start point: Brownstone Quarry CP, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill

An undulating walk mainly to the south of Leckhampton Hill, visiting the village of Coberley before returning for a brief stroll along the top of Charlton Kings Common. Brownstone Quarry car park is on the left after the new house when coming along Hartley Lane from Leckhampton Road.

Sunday, 25th November, 2018 – Start: 10:00 am
Water and Woods.

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 5 miles

Start point: Dundas Marina Car Park.

A circular walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal and up to the village of Winsley. Walking on Autumn leaves maybe! With the late Spring it may be a late Autumn? Coffee stop only.

Wednesday, 28th November, 2018 – Start: 10:00 am
Stones and Ditches

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 4 hours Distance: 8 miles

Start point: The Bell Charlbury OX7 3PP

A walk along the Oxfordshire Way with views over the Evenlode then joining Shakespeare's Way with views of the house at Ditchley Park. A return via Grim's Ditch to Charlbury where reasonable lunches can be pre-ordered at The Bell.

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. No need to book in advance, just turn up and enjoy!

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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