**Re-Start of the Guided Walks Programme**
We are delighted to announce that our guided walks programme will be back from Monday 17 May! Our Cotswold Voluntary Wardens have missed leading people on these walks across the Cotswolds National Landscape, and are excited to welcome people back. We are proceeding with caution, and group sizes will be limited to 15, plus leaders, from 17 May – 21 June. We will review group sizes beyond 21 June, in the light of experience and future government guidance on social distancing.
We have developed a walk booking system, which was trialled with our ‘warden only’ walks up to 16 May. All walks from 17 May must be booked via the website until further notice to ensure we do not exceed the limit on group sizes, and for track and trace purposes.
The booking system will open on 05 May for public walks from 17 May. Walk bookings can be made from 14 days before the walk date until 2 days before the walk date.
How to book
Booking is a straightforward process. First select a walk using the ‘location’, ‘month’ and ‘difficulty’ filters as before. You will then find a new booking form. Enter your personal details and confirm you have read and accept our Covid-19 safety arrangements. Having booked a walk, you will receive a confirmation email. Your contact details will enable you to be contacted if a walker or leader reports a positive Covid-19 test after the walk. 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, 30th June, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
Painswick, Pitchcombe and Painswick Valley
Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 3.5 hours Distance: 6.5 miles
Start point: Stamages Lane Car Park Painswick
From Painswick to Whiteshill via Maitlands and Pitchcombe woods. Returning via the Painswick Valley.
Lunch option: The Falcon hotel Painswick. Painswick Rococo Gardens Café.
Thursday, 1st July, 2021 – Start: 9:30 am
Round Meon Hill
Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 4 hours Distance: 8 miles
Start point: Mickleton church. Park along church lane or use the small church car park (voluntary donation)
Leaving Mickleton, we will walk through Baker's Hill Wood, on to Hidcote Boyce and Hidcote Bartrim and finally a circuit round Meon Hill, discovering the facts and legends associated with it.
Thursday, 1st July, 2021 – Start: 10:00 am
Don’t Panic, Don’t Panic!: The Stop Line Green Defence
Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 5.0 hours Distance: 9.5 miles
Start point: Rodmarton village green. Please park considerately in the village.
As well as visiting some picturesque villages, why not see how Britain prepared for a possible invasion during WW2? Packed lunch needed.
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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