Circular and Linear Walks

The green hillsides of the Cotswold Way

Circular and Linear Walks

This spectacular walk leads you along peaceful woodland tracks and out onto windswept hillsides with breath-taking views. A true jewel in the Cotswolds crown.

Not only is is a stunning route, it is also twinned with an equally beautiful part of the Bruce Trail in Ontario, Canada as a mark of friendship and cooperation between our two trails. Click here to find out more about the Friendship Trail, or here to discover the Bruce Trail...

 

• Distance: 6 miles

• Duration: 2 ½ -3 ½ hours

• Difficulty: Moderate – some stiles and moderate slopes.

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This enchanting walk leads you through the picturesque Cotswold high street of Broadway, along historic tracks and up to the intriguing Broadway Tower with its spectacular views across the Severn Vale into Wales. The perfect chance to taste a little more of all the Cotswolds has to offer.

  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Duration: 2½ -3 hrs
  • Difficulty: Moderate, some steep sections and stiles

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This delightful short walk leads you through the charmingly English market town of Chipping Campden, around shaded woodlands and past breathtaking views. A wonderful introduction to the Cotswolds, and a perfect start to the Cotswold Way.

  • Distance: 4½ miles (Short cut: 3 miles)
  • Duration: 2½ -3½ hrs (Short cut: 1½-2½ hrs)
  • Difficulty: Moderate, some steep sections (Short cut: Easy, avoids climbs

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The Cotswold Way has teamed up with South Korea’s Jeju Olle Trail to become one of the world’s first ‘friendship trails'. Follow this short walk around Stinchcombe Hill to experience one of the most beautiful meanderings of the Cotswold Way and discover a new world of walking on an island five thousand miles away.

  • Distance: 3½ miles (hill only route: 3 miles)
  • Duration: 2 - 2½ hours (hill only: 1 ½ - 2 hours)
  • Difficulty: Moderate – firm surface, no stiles, one long steep ascent / descent (Hill only: Easy – firm surface, no stiles, mostly level).

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This beautiful little walk shows you around one of England’s most treasured habitats, beech woodlands, and leads you to the site of perhaps the Cotswolds’ most iconic and intriguing tradition, cheese-rolling. Follow these four short miles and discover the cathedral-like calm of Buckholt Wood, richly carpeted by bluebells in May, and wonder at the dizzy heights of Cooper’s hill where for hundreds of years the foolhardy have risked their necks for cheese and glory...

  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Duration: 2 – 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy. No stiles, but some moderately steep sections.

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The incredible variety of the Cotswold Way is once again explored by this stunning little walk. From woodland tracks to open hilltops, it leads you around the intriguing ancient history of Uley Bury to the more recent remains of a pestilent past. Even the few hillside climbs are rewarded by compass-wide views that spread out all around you back into the heart of the Cotswolds and across the Severn Estuary into Wales...

  • Distance: 4 miles (shorter route: 1½ miles)
  • Duration: 2½ - 3½ hours (shorter: ¾ - 1½ hours)
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult – Some stiles, steps and steep sections.

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Discover a true sense of pilgrimage with this wonderful walk into the heart of Bath and the southern end of the Cotswold Way. Follow the trail as it slides from open hill top into historic city, winding its way around open farmland and down bustling alleyways to its crescendo at the majestic splendour of Bath Abbey.

  • Distance: 6 miles (linear – public transport return)
  • Duration: 3½ -4 hours (plus max. ½ hr return)
  • Difficulty: Moderate – one stile, some steep sections.

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From the delightful village of Old Sodbury, follow the Cotswold Way up to the serenity of a medieval church, around oak-fringed farmland and along shaded paths to the breath-taking outcrop of an iron-age hillfort. Views, history, peace and rest all combine to make this simple little stroll a wonderful taster of the southern Cotswolds.

  • Distance: 2½ miles
  • Duration: 1½ - 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate – no stiles, steepish slopes.

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This beauty of a walk leads you between two of the most picturesque villages in the Cotswolds, over hilltops, down valleys and through shaded woodlands. Whilst slightly more challenging than others in the series, your efforts will be rewarded by invitingly warm pubs and some of the most splendid views in the country.

  • Distance: 6 miles (Short cut 2½ miles)
  • Duration: 3½ -4½ hrs (Short cut 1½ - 2½ hrs)
  • Difficulty: Moderate, some steep sections and stiles. Muddy sections after wet weather.

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PLEASE NOTE Point 3 on the map has changed as the turning circle referred to has sine been removed.  So instead of

Turn right along the road to Snowshill and head down the wide path sharp left, opposite the turning circle. Keep right to enter the National Trust wood, and some 50m further down turn right. Follow this path, keeping straight.........

The guidance should now be:

Turn right along the road to Snowshill and after some 50m head down the wide path sharp left, opposite new gates. Keep right to enter the National Trust wood, and some 50m further down turn right. Follow this path, keeping straight.....

We hope to update the downloadable guide shortly to cover this.



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This breathtaking walk leads you over open hilltops, across streams and through woodlands, immersing you in one of the country’s most fascinating and precious habitats – limestone grassland. Over half of this wildflower and butterfly rich natural resource is within the Cotswolds and some of the finest examples are on Cleeve Common. The unsurpassed views along this route therefore, are the perfect backdrop for getting even closer to the outstanding natural beauty of the Cotswold Way.

  • Distance: 6 miles (Shorter route 4 miles)
  • Duration: 3½ – 4½ hrs (Shorter: 2 - 3 hrs)
  • Difficulty: Moderate, no stiles but some steep sections (Shorter: Easy, no stiles and mostly level)

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