Experience the great outdoors with some fantastic Cotswolds walks
From gentle strolls to strenuous hikes, our guide to the best walks in the Cotswolds is suitable for all abilities.
The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the largest AONB in England and Wales, spanning around 787 square miles. The Cotswolds walking boasts over 3,000 miles of footpaths weaving throughout rolling hills and honey-coloured stone villages.
The 102-mile Cotswold Way is one of the area’s most famous routes, starting in picturesque Chipping Campden and ending in historic Bath. The route may take up to 10 days to complete, but smaller trails still offer scenic views of the area. Join the route at Stanton and make your way to Snowshill, admiring Snowshill Manor as you go.
Alternatively, follow the Cleeve Hill Ring and wander over open hills, past streams, through woodlands and across limestone grasslands. Be sure to bring your four-legged friends along as there are plenty of dog walks in the Cotswolds that all the family can enjoy.
There are many well-loved Cotswolds walks; the Winchcombe and Windrush Ways are just two of many scenic examples. The Winchcombe is a 42-mile-long figure-of-eight trail, centring around the town and taking in the Cotswold’s historical sites and panoramic views. Windrush Way links the Cotswold Way at Winchcombe with the Oxford Way at Bourton-on-the-Water.
Other leisurely Cotswolds walks can be found around National Trust’s Dover’s Hill, the scenic River Coln, and Coaley Peak.
Keep reading to discover some of the best Cotswolds walks there is…