What is a National Trail?
National Trails (originally know as “long distance routes”) came about through the same legislation that designates National Parks (the 1949 National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act). They are the “flagship” long distance routes in England and Wales offering some of the best walking, riding and cycling experiences in the country (the Cotswold Way is promoted for walkers). Each trail has a dedicated manager who insures that the route and the information supporting it is maintained to the highest standards.
- Where can I find leaflets & local information?
What sort of signage is used on the Cotswold Way National Trail?
There is a variety of signage on the Cotswold Way National Trail, depending upon what is appropriate for the location. Most of the signage consists of oak posts, but some metal signs have been used in more urban areas, and in the City of Bath the signs can be found on existing street furniture. The unifying factor is that ALL will show the National Trail acorn symbol, and most will have "Cotswold Way" on them as well.
How can I get to and from the Trail by public transport?
To travel to either end of the Cotswold Way National Trail we would recommend that you plan your journey using Traveline (it is easier to plan to start your walk in Chipping Campden and finish in Bath if you are using public transport, because services are less frequent to Chipping Campden). A transport leaflet with access points to the Cotswold Way is published by the Cotswolds Conservation Board - 'Explore the Cotswolds by Public Transport' is available to download. We also provide free information sheets that you can download - "Days out and Short Breaks on the Cotswold Way" - based on Cheltenham, Stroud and Bath, which enable you to walk a section of the Cotswold Way each day, returning to those towns at the end of the day.
- What are the distances between places along the Cotswold Way National Trail?
- What are the elevations along the Cotswold Way?
What is the record for completing the Cotswold Way?
On Sunday 22nd July 2012, Darryl Carter broke the official record for running the entire length of the Cotswold Way. The record now stands at an incredible 20 hours and 36 minutes! If you're planning your own record attempt, scroll to the bottom of the FAQ's for further advice from an expert...
Who sets the standards for National Trails?
Natural England are responsible for the designation of National Trails and provide guidance about the standards that should be expected on National Trails. A document called “Quality Standards for National Trails in England” has been developed to outline these.
If you change a section of the route from that shown in my guide book or on my maps, how will I know?
The route change maps on the web site and out on the Trail will give you information about the new section of route and any difference in distance between the original route and the new route. In most cases the difference is minimal.
Is there an official guide book available showing the National Trail route?
Yes, the new National Trail Guide "The Cotswold Way" by Anthony Burton is now available. There are also other maps and guides you can buy, but check the publication date, because only the most recent ones will have been updated with the National Trail route.