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New water bottle filler in Winchcombe

Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome are pleased to announce a new water bottle filler in Winchcombe.

Situated on the Cotswold Way, outside Vale and Hills butchers in Winchcombe High Street. The fountain has been delayed by the lockdown restrictions but with brilliant support from local businesses Vale and Hills, Forgeability and Gary Wills Gas Services the water is now flowing. Funding for the project came from Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome and Winchcombe Country Show. Regular cleaning will be provided by Toby’s staff at Vale and Hills butchers.

Hanging Hill Dry Stone Wall Restoration

1st July 2021 saw the completion of the restoration of a 400m+ section of the dry stone wall that runs parallel with the Cotswold Way at Hanging Hill (GR: ST 71243 70161).

Cotswolds National Landscape’s team of Voluntary Wardens from Avon Valley District have been working on this project for about 3 years putting in over 6000 hours of work.

Before they started the wall was overgrown for much of its length and inaccessible to walkers. So, the Wardens cleared the field side of the wall, and the farmer cleared the other side of the wall allowing the walling team access.

The result is that now walkers along the Cotswold Way have fantastic views out over the escarpment towards Bristol, the Severn Estuary and the Black Mountains in the far distance.

Capturing the moment for the National press was Russell Sach so keep an eye out for photos hopefully in Cotswold Life and who knows the Times!

A significant undertaking that could not have been achieved without the dedication of our volunteers.

Ebley Bridge reopens

We are pleased to report that the popular public footpath across the River Frome in Ebley, near Stroud, which had been badly damaged by flooding last year, has now been repaired and is reopen, and the diversion for the Cotswold Way has been removed.

Ebley bridge along the Cotswold Way, now repaired after major flood damage. Photo (c) Ian Soule, Gloucestershire PROW

Celebrating the Cotswold Way!

Throughout 2020/2021, we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Cotswold Way.

2020 markedthe 50th Anniversary of the Cotswold Way. 

In May 1970, the Ramblers and Cotswold Wardens celebrated their marking of the long distance path from Chipping Campden to Bath.  It was hoped that we could recreate these celebrations in May, working in partnership with Robert Welch, whose Chipping Campden shop is celebrating its’ 50th anniversary, John Lewis, and the Ramblers Association.  Sadly due to the current crisis these have been postponed until 2021, but this does not stop our online celebrations and we would really welcome any old photos that you may have of the Trail over the last 50 years that capture the essence of the route and the changes that we have seen.  Please email them to

Access to the countryside will become increasingly important to local people and business’ in the future and there will be plenty of work to be completed along the Trail to make it as accessible as possible, so please consider supporting the 50th Anniversary of the Cotswold Way through the virgin money giving page at to help improve the Cotswold Way for future generations.

Missing Cotswold Way Signs

Two of Wotton –Under-Edge’s Cotswold Way signs have gone missing!

The signs help visitors to Wotton-under-edge follow the correct route for the Cotswold way.

The signs belong to Wotton –under-edge town council and were placed under the Bradley street road sign at the end of July 2020.

The signs disappeared between July and November this year. Did anyone see someone unscrewing the signs? They were at a height of seven foot so would not have been easy to reach.


Many people from all over the world visit our beautiful region of outstanding natural beauty, to walk the Cotswold Way and it brings  a considerable number of tourists to the town .

If anyone can shed light on the missing signage please get in touch with  or telephone 01453 843210