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 Tourist Information Centre, some teashops and Bed and Breakfast accommodation.
Walks centred on or near Winchcombe can be found below: Alternatively visit: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
If extreme weather is forecast please phone 01451 862000 to check for any changes to the arrangements.
11 August Charity Begins at Home
Start time: 9.30 am Duration: 6 hours Distance: 12 miles
Map: SP 067 231 Difficulty: Strenuous Starting Point: Hawling outside Methodist church, or on gravel outside farm
A lengthy walk over downs, through valleys and woods with a focus on a latter-day philanthropist.
29 August The Warden’s Hill Climb
Start time: 10.00 am Duration: 3 hours Distance: 6 miles
Map: SO 989 272 Difficulty: Moderate Starting Point: Cleeve Hill Quarry car park – turn off B4632
A novel route following the Winchcombe Way down to Gotherington station, pass Prescott Hill Climb course and then back up…
1 September Changing Tracks
Start time: 10.00 am Duration: 3 hours Distance: 4 miles
Map: SO 989 272 Difficulty: Moderate Starting Point: Cleeve Hill Quarry car park. Turn off B4632 at the summit
OK, fantastic plants, great history and archaeology, but the stuff that makes it all happen on Cleeve is the geology…
6 September A Peep into the Past
Start time: 10.00 am Duration: 3 hours Distance: 6.5 miles
Map: SP 067 344 Difficulty: Moderate Starting Point: Stanton Village car park – next to cricket ground
An exploration of the lovely countryside and villages of Stanton and Stanway
27 September Templars and Tudors
Start time: 10.00 am Duration: 4 hours Distance: 8 miles
Map: SP 090 279 Difficulty: Moderate Starting Point: Temple Guiting village hall.
A pleasant circular walk featuring the Templar church at Temple Guiting.
The majority of the walks listed here are researched and led by our Cotswold Voluntary Wardens and are ideal for those wanting to enjoy a couple of hours or even a whole day walking in the countryside. We recommend you always wear appropriate footwear as some walks may be muddy in places. Sorry, but only assistance dogs are allowed on the walks. Unless otherwise stated, all guided walks are free of charge, however donations are collected at the end which go towards helping to conserve and enhance the Cotswolds countryside. Further details of these walks and other events taking place throughout the Cotswolds AONB can be found at www.escapetothecotswolds.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.
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 are 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 with an intimate knowledge of the area and accommodation to organise your own walking itinerary, please visit www.cotswoldwalks.com
Walking for Health
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.