**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
Wednesday, 22nd September, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
The Friendship Trail
Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 3 hours Distance: 6 miles
Start point: Cripplegate (Shortwood) NT Car Park (P&D) or NT membership
This walk is one of the official circular walks associated with the Cotswold Way, which is 50 years old this year. The walk goes through woodlands of Haresfield, Pitchcombe and Stockend linked by views of the Painswick valley , Malvern hills and the river Severn.
Thursday, 23rd September, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
Autumn in the Forest of Wychwood
Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 5 hours Distance: 8.5 miles
Start point: Spendlove Centre Charlbury OX8 3PQ
There is only one footpath across Wychwood Forest but, with permission, we will leave this right of way for a circular walk through normally inaccessible parts. Mostly level or undulating ground but one short steep section. May be muddy in places. Please brig a packed lunch.
Saturday, 25th September, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
Buckholt Woods and Rolling Cheeses
Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 4 miles
Start point: Parking at an open space on Buckholt Road (between B4070 and A46) What3Words: Snowmen.Section.Fortunate
A stroll through Buckholt Woods following parts of the Cotswold Way, Coopers Hill and Coopers Hill Nature Reserve. The route includes two short steep climbs. Great views from the top of Coopers Hill across to the Malverns.
Lunch option: The Royal William public house on the A46
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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