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 Cotswolds Walks

The Cotswolds is a mainly rural, rolling landscape and covers an area of around 800 square miles, across parts of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. It is famed for its achingly pretty villages and towns of honey-coloured stone.

It is also full of famous buildings and gardens including National Trust properties, too numerous to mention but some I have visited over the years and can recommend are:

  • Batsford Aboretum

  • Blenheim Palace

  • Hidcote (gardens)

  • Sezincote

  • Snowshill

  • Sudeley Castle

  • Westonbirt Arboretum

It has a number of "honeypot" towns and villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway and Upper and Lower Slaughter which are overrun with tourists but there are many other extremely pretty places, just quietly getting on with their lives. The area therefore benefits from exploring.

The area has a large number of ancient, historic sites.

The Cotswolds were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1900 and has a number of areas of Special Scientific Interest.

The highest point of the Cotswolds is Cleeve Hill, which at 1083 feet (330 metres) is also the highest point of Gloucestershire and makes for a splendid walk. The area as a whole is a myriad of footpaths and very popular with walkers.

The Cotswold Way is a 100 mile Long Distance Footpath running across the area and a number of other routes have been devised such as the Winchcombe Way and The Isbourne Way.

Cotswolds Reading List

Cotswold Walks With "Traffic Light" Rating

For an explanation of the "traffic light "rating see My Walks page.

Each symbol = 2 miles

The start point for all walks can be located on Google Maps. Click here.

Broadway and Broadway Tower
Chipping Campden to Dovers Hill
Cleeve Hill and Belas Knap Long Barrow
Moreton-in-Marsh to Bourton-on-the-Hill
Naunton to The Slaughters
Snowshill, Stanway and Stanton villages

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All information on this site is given in good faith and no liability is accepted in respect of any damage, loss or injury which might result from acting on it.