If you are walking the Cotswold Way through Belas Knap near Winchcombe take time to study the new sign erected by the stone stile heading towards Cleeve Common. Authorities feel walkers need to be aware of the dangers of stepping over a two foot stone stile.
Winchcombe is described as the walker’s capital of the Cotswolds in the 2019 Britain’s Outdoor Capitals guide. ‘The perfect English walking town surrounded by stunning countryside’. Winchcombe is a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town, part of a network of over 100 towns in Britain. We actively promote walking in the area and are constantly looking to improve the walking experience. Many of the town’s businesses support ‘Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome’ efforts in promoting the area and reading endorsements from national media proves that together we are succeeding.
If you are visiting Winchcombe and want to explore, try our downloadable self-guided walks ranging from 2 miles to 13.5 miles. If you prefer a guided walk, visit cotswoldsaonb.org.uk for walks led by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens.
If you are walking between Winchcombe and Hailes you will encounter some unofficial signs put up at the end of Puck Pit Lane. For those unacquainted with the route the sign may deter you from proceeding. Please ignore the signs and continue following the Cotswold Way way markers. Public Rights of Way are investigating.
Welcomed improvements have been carried out on the Windrush Way adjacent to No Man’s Patch by Gloucestershire County Council to improve the drainage. An old stile and narrow footbridge has been replaced with a stoned surface and a gate. This will be of real benefit to walkers when the rains come.