Winchcombe is a "Walkers are Welcome" town and a prime centre for people who love the outdoors and especially walking. The status is given to towns and villages that have something special to offer walkers. With pubs, shops and accommodation coupled with a lovely atmosphere and a great location you can't go wrong.
Rough Guides - "Historic walkers' village: a great base for the area, with memorably down-to-earth charm".
Country Walking Magazine - "The Winchcombe Way showcases a town with 'Walkers are Welcome' written through it as though it was a stick of rock".
James Blockley, Cotswold Trails and Access Officer - "I could do no better than recommend Winchcombe, the ‘Walking Capital of the Cotswolds’ as a base. It has a wealth of walking routes passing through it (including the Cotswold Way), excellent places of interest within a stone’s throw and a good range of good pubs and places to stay".
The historic town is a great walking centre and offers a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities. There are town walks, historical walks or walks across the unspoilt Cotswold landscape. The variety is diverse taking in a Roman villa, a Neolithic burial mound, a steam railway, common land and impressive views across to the Malvern Hills and Wales.
Alternatively there are walks where you can discover the beautiful views of the Cotswolds and the flora and fauna of the area of natural beauty.
Click on the walks summary to see a variety of suggested walks some of which are available to download.
The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens and the Ramblers lead guided walks some of which start from Winchcombe. Details of the Cotswold voluntary wardens walks can be found in the "Cotswold Lion" free newspaper available from the TIC, some teashops and Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Walks centred on Winchcombe can be found on this website under "Guided Walks". Alternatively visit: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
The 'Ramblers' organisation, with around 140,000 members, runs a huge variety of walks throughout the UK each and every week of the year. To obtain full details of these walks both within Gloucestershire and other areas simply go onto their website at www.ramblers.org.uk or www.gloucestershirearearamblers.org.uk If you are not a member you are very welcome to come along on 2 or 3 of the advertised walks to see how you like them.
There are regular "Walking for Health" walks every Thursday morning at 10.30am outside the Plaisterers Arms, Abbey Terrace. No need to book, just turn up. For further information contact Ursula Cootes on 01242 609033.
Winchcombe Town Walks
Every Sunday there is a free town walk starting at 11am and again at 2.30pm outside the TIC from April until the end of October led by a guide. The walks are a brief introduction to Winchcombe and designed to be suitable for all ages. The walk is less than a mile and the duration is approximately one hour.
If you would prefer a local specialist walking company to organise your own walking itinerary, please visit www.cotswoldwalks.com
Winchcombe can probably lay claim to more long distance walks than any other town!
The Cotswold Way National Trail passes along the High Street, taking walkers to Belas Knap long barrow and Cleeve Hill in one direction and Hailes Abbey, Stanton and Broadway the other way. Take the Castleways 606 bus out of town in either direction and walk back, but please note there is no service on Sundays.
There are several new Cotswold Way Circular Walks within easy reach of Winchcombe. Some are figure of eight walks, so you can choose to do the full walk or just the first loop. You can download the routes free from the Cotswold Way website. The Trail Officer is developing more so keep your eye out for them.
The other long distance walks are:
Alternatively take the GWR railway from Winchcombe Station (Greet) and alight at Gotherington Halt and return using the footpaths.
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