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, 24th April, 2019 – Start: 10:00 am
There may be bluebells….

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 3 hours Distance: 5 miles

Start point: Shortwood Car Park (small fee payable, free to NT members). Off the Edge to Whiteshill road. Edge is on the A4173.

A walk with one steep descent and one steep ascent. Good views over the Severn and, weather permitting, bluebells in Standish Woods.

Thursday, 25th April, 2019 – Start: 10:00 am
Severn Views From Hillesley

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 3.0 hours Distance: 5.0 miles

Start point: Fleece Inn, Hillesley. Hillesley lies 2.5 miles south of Wotton Under Edge. Parking at the inn or in nearby car park adjacent to the sports field.

The walk offers splendid views of the Severn Vale, weather permitting. We use part of the Cotswold Way and the Monarch's Way, taking in the Somerset Monument, Splatts Wood, the attractive Kilcott Valley and the village of Aderley. Lunch available at the inn or in Wotton after the walk, if required.

Friday, 26th April, 2019 – Start: 10:30 am
Dyrham: Park and Countryside [Battlefield]

Difficulty: Moderate Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 5 miles

Start point: Visitor Reception, Dyrham

A walk from Dyrham Park [National Trust] through nearby farm land and along part of the Cotswold Way passing points of interest along the way. Parking charges but free with NT membership card. Not suitable for pushchairs but fine for families.

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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