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‘The walker’s capital of the Cotswolds’

‘The walker’s capital of the Cotswolds’

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.

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Cotswold Way users

Cotswold Way users

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.

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Improvements to Windrush Way

Improvements to Windrush Way

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.

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Cotswold Voluntary Wardens awarded Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Cotswold Voluntary Wardens awarded Queens Award for Voluntary Service

When you stroll along the well maintained paths in the Cotswolds you may wonder who has fixed the stile, replaced a stile with a gate or repaired the adjacent drystone wall. The volunteers who carry out path maintenance and improvement, educational visits and guided walks has been recognised by being awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.  The volunteers help conserve the landscape, improve biodiversity and enable access to the countryside. 

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity writes ‘The Cotswolds are such an iconic part of our nation’s landscape, with beautiful villages, towns and countryside. Your voluntary work make such a fulsome contribution to why these places are so special and important. I know your hard work is much appreciated by residents and visitors alike’.

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Taking the lead

Taking the lead

This time of year there are plenty of people walking the numerous footpaths. Farmers mention there is an increase in the number of gates being left open and incidents with dogs and livestock. To avoid this, especially near cattle we suggest you refer to the Countryside Code.

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Extension to Riverside Path

Extension to Riverside Path

In 2017 WWAW contacted Taylor Wimpey to improve the muddy unofficial path behind Wyndham Way between Riverside and the Dell. Tewkesbury Borough Council (TBC) took control of the project as the path will connect with The Dell, the transfer of land ownership to TBC is still under discussion since April 2015.  WWAW is pleased to say the current work, funded by Taylor Wimpey is nearing completion with some minor raising of the path level adjacent to The Dell. The new, official path will finally link with the existing path at The Dell once TBC take ownership of The Dell. Currently the link is not accessible to pushchairs.

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Improvements to Gloucestershire Way

Improvements to Gloucestershire Way

During the winter work has taken place to avoid some steep and hazardous steps near Monks Hole on the Gloucestershire Way leading up the escarpment. The path now circumnavigates a badger sett and reduces the gradient making the route safer. Two stiles at the top and bottom of the slope are being changed to kissing gates by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. This is another step with improving the surface of the long distance path.

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Brilliant day at Winchcombe Country Show

Brilliant day at Winchcombe Country Show

Our stand was inundated at the Country Show with people very interested in finding out about information on walking routes, how to find walking clubs and guided walks. We had a fascinating mix of enquiries from holidaymakers, new people to the area and people looking for new routes into the hills.
 
On a more local level we publicised our efforts in linking up several short sections of footpath to gain better access around the town. WWaW obtained agreement with Taylor Wimpey for WWaW to improve a permissive path linking to The Dell. Currently, the matter is with Tewkesbury Borough Council who after a change of heart are now considering adopting the land.
 
WWaW won second prize for decorating a cycle wheel to show support for the Tour of Britain cycle race coming through the town on September 9th. 
 

 

 
 

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Winchcombe is a popular base for walking

Winchcombe is a popular base for walking

On Sunday August 13th with sunny skies it so happened that four ramblers groups from Stourbridge, Stratford, Gloucester and Cleeve all decided to begin a walk from Winchcombe. 
About 80 people – and that’s aside from some random walkers who’d arrived for their own walks. Winchcombe is well placed on the walking map.

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Temporary path closure through churchyard

Temporary path closure through churchyard

Work on repairing the driveway at the west end of St Peter’s Church that was due to start in May has now started . The permissive path will be closed during July and August. There is some good news. The first phase of the work should be completed during the first week in August.
 
 
 
 

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