Winchcombe is set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a timeless quality about it which makes it an attractive centre for walkers. A walled town in Saxon times, the town became prosperous as a result of the wool trade. The town has “Walkers are Welcome” status which means we will endeavour to make your stay and experience memorable. Each May we hold a Walking Festival which attracts people from all over Britain and international visitors.
This website gives you all the information you need if you are visiting Winchcombe, the walking centre for the Cotswolds, on one website. We have pages focused on walks, attractions, eating out, shops, accommodation and links to numerous websites where you can find a wealth of information.
We hope you use the local businesses on your visit, especially those supporting the Walkers are Welcome initiative. These are easily recognisable by the logo displayed in their windows.
"Winchcombe is the hub of six major walking routes... excellent walking country... essence of the Cotswolds"
"The Winchcombe Way showcases a town with 'Walkers are Welcome' written through it as though it was a stick of rock".
"Historic walkers' village: a great base for the area, with memorably down-to-earth charm".
Since we gained Walkers are Welcome accreditation in 2009, our aim has been to promote walking in Winchcombe and the surrounding area, to provide better information for walkers and to improve the footpath network.
Our website is now a must for walkers visiting the area and is listed in national papers and magazines, guide books and dedicated walking websites. Our name has reached the other side of the world, with enquiries from as far as Japan and Australia.
We are proud we get no financial assistance from any local authorities, we generate our own income from our supporters and publications to fund our projects. We have taken the initiative to introduce an ‘Accessibility’ page for people with disabilities.