Guided Walks


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Guided Walks Programme

Our Cotswold Voluntary Wardens offer guided walks across the Cotswolds National Landscape and look forward to meeting you. With covid-19 still in mind, we will remain cautious and continue to walk carefully, making sure that walkers do not cluster at stiles and other pinch points. You are welcome to bring a face mask, particularly for pub/café/coffee stops. Carrying hand gel or sanitiser is recommended.

Donations are very welcome and help us to support the guided walks and to take care of the countryside through a range of conservation, access and heritage projects.   We encourage such donations to be made on line via the ‘Donate’ button on the main webpage, but cash donations may be made at the end of a walk if preferred.

To find walks of interest use the ‘Location’, ‘Month’ and ‘Difficulty’ filters under ‘Find a Walk’ below and then hit the ‘Find Walks’ button. You will be presented with a list of walk options.

Some walks have to be booked. These will offer a booking form when you click on the walk title for more details. Booked walks have a maximum number of walkers; when the limit is reached it will not be possible to book a place on the walk. The booking window opens three weeks before the walk date and closes two days before the walk date. You will receive an email confirming a successful booking and instructions on how to cancel your booking if you are subsequently unable to attend. Your details will be retained for 21 days.

Many walks do not require booking. These walks will not present a booking form when you click on the walk title for more details. Simply turn up at the start point in good time on the day.

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, 26th January, 2022 – Start: 10:00 am
Around Painswick in winter

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 4.5 miles

Start point: Walkers Car Park, Painswick. This is on Golf Course Road between the A46 and the B4073 (and near the latter) not far from the entrance to Rococo Gardens.

An easy walk around Painswick following the Painswick stream and briefly joining the Cotswold Way before returning via Highfold Farm and Painswick Beacon. Suitable for less experienced walkers.

Thursday, 27th January, 2022 – Start: 10:00 am
Avening/Ledgemore Bottom

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 3.0 hours Distance: 5.0 miles

Start point: Avening church. Grid Ref. ST 879 980

A pleasant walk using a variety of paths including field, woodland and farm tracks. Might be muddy in places.

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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