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The Cotswolds presents the ultimate combination of scenic walking opportunities and charming pubs to give you a selection of fine pub walks to choose from.
Home to the second largest protected landscape in England, the Cotswolds provides the perfect backdrop for an afternoon stroll, or perhaps something more challenging that offers the promise of a refreshing beverage at the finish line, with quaint public houses aplenty!
Read on to find out more about our 7 perfect pub walks in the Cotswolds…
Beginning and ending at the Horse and Groom in Gloucestershire, this scenic route is perfect for uncovering the wonders of Bourton-on-the-Hill and beyond.
This route leads you past the grounds of the Mogul Indian palace of Sezincote, before passing through Moreton-in-Marsh to Batsford Park. Here you will find its Arboretum and Gardens that cover more than 56 acres of land. A simple stroll, this track allows you to stop and observe your scenic surroundings.
End your adventure back at the Horse and Groom to indulge in award-winning food or a well-deserved pint of real ale. Boasting all the charm of a traditionally British countryside pub, it makes for a wonderful spot to end the day’s activities.
Pub: Horse and Groom
Distance: Approximately 7 miles
In close reach of Bourton-on-the-Hill is Chipping Campden. A market town holding much of its traditional English charm, as well as boasting splendid architecture.
Start at the Eight Bells pub and begin your venture onto the Cotswolds Way. This circular walk in Gloucestershire allows you to roam shaded woodlands and absorb the luscious lands of Chipping Campden. Head towards Dover’s Hill, the site of the original English Olympic Games (carrying on the tradition with the annual Cotswold Olimpicks). The area now stands to offer expansive views and striking National Trust lands.
After an afternoon of roaming this scenic spot, return to Eight Bells for a home-made treat or a tipple or two, surrounded by traditional decor and a homely atmosphere.
Pub: Eight Bells Inn
Distance: Approximately 6 miles
With the word ‘Slaughter’ meaning ‘muddy place’ in Old English, both Upper and Lower Slaughter provide the perfect place for you and your canine companion to get your feet (and paws) mucky on a dog-friendly holiday.
Although the villages themselves offer idyllic settings enriched with the traditional Cotswolds charm, this walk is perfect for those looking to ramble alongside the water and surround themselves with nature.
Beginning in Naunton, this walk will lead you past Windrush Valley and its popular village, and through the unspoiled lands of the Slaughters. This quaint setting provides a great base for a tranquil trek away from the hustle and bustle of some of the more vibrant areas of Gloucestershire.
Make your way back to the Black Horse Inn for a refreshing pint of ale at the end of your rambling adventure; opening its doors in the 1870s, this pub holds a charming community feel and is a great spot for a beverage.
Pub: The Black Horse Naunton
Distance: Approximately 7.5 miles
With a history that dates back to the Neolithic period, The Lion Inn walk offers a marvellous opportunity to discover one of the best walking spots in Winchcombe.
Experience the wonders up close, passing through the Cotswolds Way and up the hill, stopping to observe the views of Winchcombe below, before continuing your journey towards Belas Knap. Climb over the stone-lined burial chamber long barrow and return back onto the Cotswolds Way before reaching the majestic Sudeley Castle.
Boasting royal connections to the likes of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey, Queen Elizabeth I and Richard III, this treasure offers plenty to uncover. Stroll around the gardens or engage in an exhibition to discover the secrets of the castle and even more glorious grounds.
End your circular walk at The Lion Inn and take a seat in the snug with a celebratory glass of champagne; the perfect end to your rambling adventure.
Pub: The Lion Winchcombe
Distance: Approximately 8.5 miles
Begin your adventure in the tranquil village of Snowshill. Stop for a spot of Sunday lunch before beginning your exploration of the Cotswolds AONB. At nearly 3 miles long, this route offers a steady stroll following a straight line until arriving at the bustling village of Broadway.
Take off from Snowshill’s historic village marker and head past the National Trust grounds of Snowshill Manor and Garden, presenting the eclectic collection of Charles Wade and the marvellous gem of its garden. It makes a great spot to stop and stretch your legs.
When you reach Broadway, you will be greeted by an array of cultural wonders including two museums and two art galleries, making it an enticing spot to base your ending point. With plentiful pubs and a variety of indulging eateries, it’s in the perfect position for discovering Worcestershire.
Pub: Snows Hill Arms
Distance: Approximately 3 miles
Difficulty: Very easy
Begin within the village of Broadway to experience Worcestershire from a different view. Take a stroll along the Cotswold Way before reaching the Broadway Tower Country Park. Brimming with English heritage and outstanding viewpoints over thirteen counties, there’s no better spot to appreciate the entirety of the Cotswolds.
A much simpler walk than most, this route is perfect for all abilities simply looking to explore the luscious natural lands of the area. Choose from a circular walk taking you back to the vibrant high street of Broadway with its quaint, independent shops and array of attractions, or end your venture at the Cotswold stone-built Crown and Trumpet Inn.
Providing a lively atmosphere and a delightful patio area, where better to end your day than with a chilled seasonal beer in hand amongst tasteful live music performed by talented locals?
Pub: Crown and Trumpet
Distance: Approximately 4.5 miles
Nestled on the edge of the north-west of Oxfordshire is Woodstock, a picture-perfect market town filled with character and wonder. Visit the Oxfordshire Museum to immerse yourself in local history before heading out to get a first-hand glimpse of the historic delights themselves.
Gather at The King’s Arms Hotel, ahead of taking the walk to the exquisite Blenheim Palace. Less than a mile away, take a stroll down Oxford Road, making a right onto the pedestrianised roads where you will reach the world-class visitor attraction. The birthplace of Winston Churchill, these extravagant settings are home to a vast array of cultural and sporting events throughout the year, making it a great location for a day trip.
Be sure to head to the back of the grounds, home to the Secret Garden, and ahead of this is Pleasure Garden and the grounds’ own Butterfly House. Alternatively, venture through the Rose Garden to reach the historical landmark of the Grand Cascade amongst the fast-flowing River Glyme.
Loop back around the grounds and return to The King’s Arms for a bite to eat accompanied by a deliciously quenching companion in the form of a beverage. Swaddled in Tudor history surrounding King Henry VIII, you can be sure that the cultural wonders continue here too.
Pub: Kings Hotel Woodstock
Distance: Approximately 5 miles
Difficulty: Very easy
To discover more of our recommended routes, take a look at our circular walks in the Cotswolds or browse our catalogue of Cotswolds cottage holidays for inspiration on where to stay. For something a little different when staying in the Cotswolds, take a look at our selection of vineyards to sample the area’s finest wines.
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