Cotswold Walks

The Best Cotswold Walks

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Experience the Great Outdoors with the Best Cotswold Walks

From gentle strolls to strenuous hikes, our guide to the best Cotswold walks 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. With over 3,000 miles of footpaths, you can find Cotswold walks woven throughout rolling hills and honey-coloured stone villages.

The 102-mile Cotswold Way is one of the most famous walks in the Cotswolds, 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 another of the best walks in the Cotswolds. Here you can 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 other well-loved Cotswold 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, taking in the Cotswold’s historical sites and panoramic views. The Windrush Way links the Cotswold Way at Winchcombe with the Oxford Way at Bourton-on-the-Water.

Other leisurely Cotswold walks can be found around National Trust’s Dover’s Hill, the scenic River Coln, and Coaley Peak.

Keep reading to discover some more of the best Cotswold walks…

Image Credits: Judy DeanCC BY-SA 2.0

  • Broadway tower

    Broadway Tower

    Middle Hill
    WR12 7LB

    01386 852390

    This unique folly tower was designed by Capability Brown for the purpose of admiring the stunning surrounding views. At 312m above sea level, it is one of the most incredible viewpoints in the country, offering views of up to a 62-mile radius.  

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  • City of Bath walk, feature

    City of Bath Walk


    1.9 miles


    A beautiful walking path that will allow you to experience many of the historical sights and areas of interest that the city of Bath has to offer.

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  • Coaley Peak

    Coaley Peak

    21 Rock Road
    GL10 3TP

    01452 814213

    A popular picnic site just outside the town of Stroud, Coaley Park offers views over the Severn Valley and towards the Forest of Dean.

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  • Cotswolds Way

    This waymarked trail is the area’s most famous, spanning 102 miles from the scenic Chipping Campden to the historical city of Bath. The entire route can take anything from 7-10 days to complete, however many elect to walk shorter sections that still take in some of the beautiful sights and picturesque landscape.

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  • Dover's Hill, Cotswolds

    Dover’s Hill

    Chipping Campden
    GL55 6UW

    01451 844257

    Boasting glorious views over the countryside, the open fields and woodland of Dover’s Hill offer popular walking routes for the towns of Broadway and Evesham.

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    Evesham Blossom Trail Walks

    The Vale of Evesham is famous for its Spring-time blossoms; visitors would typically drive or cycle down the colourful country lanes, but recently three walking trails have been launched to allow ramblers a chance to enjoy the beautiful sights and smells of the area.

  • Haresfield Beacon

    Haresfield Beacon

    Cotswold Way
    GL10 3ES

    01452 814213

    Haresfield Beacon is the perfect place for outdoor lovers, with easy access to trails and unmatched views of this part of the Cotswolds.

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  • Neigh Bridge Country Park
    Image Credits: Vieve Forward - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Neigh Bridge Country Park

    24 Foss Fld
    GL7 7JY

    Neigh Bridge Country Park is a wonderful outdoor space offering a glistening lake in the Cotswolds. Come here for a peaceful outing.

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  • River Coln, Cotswolds

    River Coln

    The River Coln flows through the ‘picture-postcard’ English countryside and Cotswolds villages. It joins the River Thames close to Lechlade. Considered the best trout river in the Cotswolds, there is a great variety of fishing amongst the tranquil setting.

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  • Stroudwater Canal

    Stroudwater Navigation

    01453 752568

    A canal that originally linked Stroud with the Severn Estuary, Stroudwater Navigation has recently been partially restored, offering a number of picturesque walking trails along its lengths.

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