Getting To and Around

The Cotswolds is served by a comprehensive network of road and rail links making it easy to get to from London, the Midlands and the South West.  Download our Explore the Cotswolds by Public Transport guide for more information.

The Cotswold Way takes in the following towns/villages (the larger ones are in bold):

  • Chipping Campden
  • Broadway
  • Stanway
  • Winchcombe
  • Bishop’s Cleeve
  • Dowdeswell
  • The larger town of Cheltenham is near here
  • Charlton Kings
  • Leckhampton
  • Birdlip
  • Painswick
  • You will be close to Stroud at this point
  • King’s Stanley
  • Dursley
  • Wotton-Under-Edge
  • Hawkesbury Upton
  • Chipping Sodbury is close by
  • Tormarton
  • Cold Ashton
  • Bath

Getting here by Rail

The Cotswolds are at the heart of the British Rail network with main line trains to the Cotswolds from London, the Midlands and the North and the South West of England.  There are main line railway stations at Banbury, Bath, Cam and Dursley, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble (serving Cirencester), Moreton-in-Marsh, Stroud, Charlbury, Kingham and Oxford.

There are regular rail services through the area:

Between London Paddington and Cheltenham via Swindon, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse and Gloucester

  • Between London Paddington and Moreton in Marsh via Kingham, Charlbury and Oxford
  • Between Cardiff and Cheltenham via Gloucester
  • Between Birmingham and Bristol via Cheltenham, Gloucester and Dursley

For detailed rail information and prices please look at the following sites:
www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com

Moreton in Marsh is the nearest main line train station for the northen most start for the Trail, Chipping Campden, so you will need to use a bus or taxi service to complete the journey to Chipping Campden.

Live Train Information

Click on the links below to give you live train information for stations close to the Cotswold Way

To find and book train connections to the Cotswolds from across Europe and the UK, follow GoEuro.

Getting here by Bus

The Cotswolds is easy to get around by bus with many local bus services linking main towns throughout the area, including the RailBus services linking to the Cotswolds & Malverns Line trains.

National Express Coaches operate out of Heathrow, Bristol and Birmingham Airports and various towns across the UK providing low cost travel options to Cheltenham, Stroud and Bath.

For further information:

Getting here by Road

The Cotswolds is served by excellent links to the M4, M5 and M40, providing easy access to and from London, Birmingham and the national motorway network. 

Gloucester and Cheltenham lie at the heart of the county, linked by the A40 and either side of the M5. There are good connections from the south west via the M5; the north via the M5/M6 and M42; Wales using the A40 and the M4 and from London and the south-east using the A40 and the M4. The Fosse Way runs through the county north to south taking travellers from Cirencester to Stow on the Wold and Moreton in Marsh.

AA Route Planner

Getting here by Air

Travelling via flight to Cotswolds couldn't be easier. The easiest airports for travelling to the Cotswolds are Birmingham and Bristol, approximately 1 to 1.5 hour drive away. Of the two London airports, the region is best accessed from Heathrow. The 65 mile drive should not take more than 90 minutes. Gatwick airport is 2 hours’ drive away. Gloucestershire Airport is just 10 minutes from the centre of the beautiful Regency town of Cheltenham Spa and the Roman city of Gloucester. You can fly from Belfast, the Isle of Man and Jersey, and the airport is also used for chartered flights. 

London Heathrow, Birmingham International and Bristol Airport's are also within close proximity - enabling international visitors easy access to the area.

National Express Coaches operate out of Heathrow, Bristol and Birmingham Airports providing low cost travel options to Cheltenham, Stroud and Bath.

Maps and Guides

The official Guide Books for the National Trails are produced by Aurum Press. The guides are regularly updated and all details are checked by the trail managers. The books include sections of Ordnance Survey 1:25,00 maps and are the very best accompaniment to your walk. As well as a guide book we recommend a good quality map and you can buy these in paper or digital format.  A Trail guidebook and map set is also available to purchase saving 20% through the National Trail shop.

The Cotswolds AONB Visitor Map & Guide, a useful fold-out map and guide to the special features and places to visit in the Cotswolds AONB ,is available for free from most Visitor Centres around the Cotswolds or can be purchased online through the Cotswolds AONB website.

Explore the Cotswolds by Public Transport Guide

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