Self-guided Walks

 

We have listed below some suggestions for short to full day walks and we advise you to use the OS 1:25,000 Outdoor Leisure sheet 45 to accompany the walk

Walk 1: Winchcombe to Sudeley Castle – approx 2 miles

Walk 1: Winchcombe to Sudeley Castle – approx 2 miles

A short walk leaving the town from Vineyard Street to Sudeley Castle, leaving via Castle exit into Rushley Lane and on to the outskirts of Winchcombe. Follow riverside path to Castle Street and town centre.

 

Walk 2: Winchcombe to Farmcote and Hailes – approx 7.5 miles

Walk 2: Winchcombe to Farmcote and Hailes – approx 7.5 miles

A walk with some steep sections earlier on up to the Salt Way where the route is level to Farmcote before dropping down to Hailes and returning along the Cotswold Way. Views of valleys, Malvern Hills and Vale of Evesham. Passing Hailes Abbey and Parish Church. Refreshments available at Hayles Fruit Farm.

 

Walk 3: Winchcombe to Langley Hill Millennium Carving – approx 4.5 miles

Walk 3: Winchcombe to Langley Hill Millennium Carving – approx 4.5 miles

A circular walk from Winchcombe to the Millennium wood carving on Langley Hill. Ever changing good views of all the surrounding hills, interesting wildlife if you are lucky and the wood carving.

 

Walk 4: Winchcombe to Stancombe – approx 2 miles

Walk 4: Winchcombe to Stancombe – approx 2 miles

A short, fairly flat circular walk from Winchcombe to the north east of the town through pastureland. Views of Winchcombe and the surrounding countryside before returning along the river or alternatively along Hailes Street.

 

Walk 5: Winchcombe to Belas Knap – approx 5 miles

Walk 5: Winchcombe to Belas Knap – approx 5 miles

Leave the town via Vineyard Street and follow the Cotswold Way as it ascends to the Neolithic burial mound of Belas Knap. Return via Humblebee Cottages and Newmeadow Farm. Follow the quiet lane back to Winchcombe or alternatively via Sudeley Castle and Vineyard Street.

 

Walk 6: Winchcombe to Spoonley Villa – approx 5.5 miles

Walk 6: Winchcombe to Spoonley Villa – approx 5.5 miles

A fairly level walk along the Sudeley valley passing Sudeley Castle to Spoonley Wood and the remains of a Roman villa. Pleasant views of hills and farmland.

 

Walk 7: Winchcombe to Toddington (circular) – approx 9.5 miles

Walk 7: Winchcombe to Toddington (circular) – approx 9.5 miles

A walk on rising and falling paths above the attractive Isbourne valley to Toddington; returning near the restored steam railway then via the Winchcombe Way. Opportunity to use public transport back from Toddington. 

 

Walk 8: To the source of the Isbourne and back – approx 6 miles

Walk 8: To the source of the Isbourne and back – approx 6 miles

 Walk up the lower slopes of Cleeve Hill to the Washpool and the source of the Isbourne; return past Postlip Hall.

 

Walk 9: Postlip Mill and River Isbourne – approx 4.25 miles

Walk 9: Postlip Mill and River Isbourne – approx 4.25 miles

The walk follows the Cotswold Way as it ascends towards Belas Knap before levelling off with good elevated views of the town and beyond towards Evesham. The walk descends to Postlip Mill before following the River Isbourne back to Winchcombe.

 

Walk 10: St Kenelm’s Well – approx 4 miles

Walk 10: St Kenelm’s Well – approx 4 miles

A walk past Sudeley Castle and along the Wardens Way ascending the valley. The walk levels out before ascending to St Kenelms Well before returning along the Winchcombe Way back into Winchcombe.

 

Walk 11: Sudeley, Kenelm and Monk’s Hole – approx 4.75 miles

Walk 11: Sudeley, Kenelm and Monk’s Hole – approx 4.75 miles

A walk past Sudeley Castle to St Kenelm’s Well before ascending the valley to the Salt Way. Airy views before decending via the Gloucestershire Way to Winchcombe.

 

Walk 12: Three Hills Walk- approx 12.5 miles

Walk 12: Three Hills Walk- approx 12.5 miles

A route visiting the three hills of Langley, Nottingham and Cleeve. Visit the highest situated tree in the Cotswolds, a dew pond and Belas Knap. Best walked in clear weather.

 

Walk 13 Bus walk Prestbury to Winchcombe – approx 6.5 miles

Walk 13 Bus walk Prestbury to Winchcombe – approx 6.5 miles

Introducing a linear walk using public transport. From Prestbury village climb to the top of the escarpment, past a butterfly reserve and across Cleeve Common to Postlip before dropping down into Winchcombe.

 

Walk 14: Bus walk Cleeve Hill to Winchcombe – approx 4 miles

Walk 14: Bus walk Cleeve Hill to Winchcombe – approx 4 miles

A linear walk using public transport. Alight from the bus at Cleeve Hill Golf Club and walk back down to Winchcombe via Postlip Farm, Corndean Hall.

Walk 15: Dunn’s Hill and Monk’s Hole – approx 4 miles

Walk 15: Dunn’s Hill and Monk’s Hole – approx 4 miles

A reasonably strenuous walk up the side of the valley to the Salt Way and north with good views before descending the Gloucestershire Way. Good views of Winchcombe, the railway and Toddington.

Walk 16: Wardens’ Way – 13.5 miles

Walk 16: Wardens’ Way – 13.5 miles

A waymarked linear walk starting in Bourton on the Water before passing through the villages of Lower Slaughter, Naunton and Guiting Power before descending into Winchcombe.

 

Walk 17: Windrush Way – 13.5 miles

Walk 17: Windrush Way – 13.5 miles

A linear walk through Cotswold landscapes, starting in Winchcombe follow the Sudeley Valley to Roel Gate and through Hawling before following the Windrush Valley into Bourton on the Water. There are no refreshments stops on this route.

 

Walk 18: Bus walk Stanway Viaduct to Winchcombe – 7.5 miles

Walk 18: Bus walk Stanway Viaduct to Winchcombe – 7.5 miles

A walk taking the 606 bus to Stanway Viaduct and walking to Stanway House and  Wood Stanway before some serious climbing to Beckbury Camp,  the tranquil setting of Farmcote to Campden Lane.  The  walk returns to Winchcombe via the Farmcote valley and Monks Hole.  There are no refreshments stops on this route.

 

Walk 19: Train walk Racecourse to Winchcombe Station – approx 9 miles

Walk 19: Train walk Racecourse to Winchcombe Station – approx 9 miles

A linear walk using the GWSR heritage railway. Travel along the heritage railway from Winchcombe Station to Cheltenham Raceourse before a walk back to Winchcombe with plenty of views. 

Walk 20: Bus walk Prescott to Winchcombe – approx 3 miles

Walk 20: Bus walk Prescott to Winchcombe – approx 3 miles

A linear walk using public transport. Alight from the bus at Prescott Hill Climb and walk back down to Winchcombe via Tirle Brook, Frog Wood and Langley Road