Guided Walks

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**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

Location
Month
Difficulty

DIFFICULTY:
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, 26th October, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
From Birdlip, through the woods in search of West Tump.

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 4.5 miles

Start point: Birdlip Primary School GL4 8JH

A stroll through Witcombe and Buckle Woods in search of West Tump Long Barrow and the Birdlip Trig point.

Tuesday, 26th October, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
Up and Over the Hill

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 3 hours Distance: 6 miles

Start point: Dumbleton Village Hall- park courteously in Dairy Lane or the main road, Dumbleton

This is a brisk and breezy walk around and over Dumbleton Hill, enjoying the 360 degree views from the top of the hill. The autumnal colours of the woods will add to the enjoyment and the village of Dumbleton has much of interest as we return through it.

Tuesday, 26th October, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
Coffee Morning Walk: ‘Monarchs, Mills and Monument’

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 3.0 hours Distance: 5.0 miles

Start point: Beaufort Arms Pub, Hawkesbury Upton

Meet for coffee at the pub at 10:00. The walk starts at 10:30, passing through Upton and Small Coombes to Kilcott. We return via the Cotswold Way and Monarch's Way. Lunch available at the Beaufort after the walk, if required. (Good pensioners' lunches available £5 or £6 per person).

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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