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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 magazine available from the Tourist Information Centre, Food Fanatics Deli some teashops and Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

A summary of walks centred on or near Winchcombe can be found listed: Alternatively visit: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

If extreme weather is forecast please phone 01451 862000 to check for any changes to the arrangements.

Guided Walks – currently postponed

21 April: Woods and Wolds

This varied walk takes us through three historic villages and across the Wolds which provide lovely views across the North Cotswolds. We walk through woodlands and meadows which should be rich in flora and fauna. Bring packed lunch & drinks.

Start time: 10.00 am
Duration:  5.5 hrs
Distance:  10.5 miles
Difficulty: Strenuous
Starting Point: Blockley Community Shop
Map: SP 164 349

28 April: Early Birds

A walk from Temple Guiting to Guiting Power. Fairly level walking with three short hills and one stile. Likely to be muddy. We hope to see a range of common farmland birds and early summer visitors. Binoculars would be useful.

Start time: 10.00 am
Duration:  4 hrs
Distance:  7 miles
Map: SP 089 277
Difficulty: Moderate
Starting Point: St Mary’s, Temple Guiting GL54 5RS. Park at village hall.

30 April: Bluebells in Bloom (hopefully!)

A circumnavigation around pretty Cotswold outliers, Alderton & Dumbleton hills. A spectacular display of bluebells in the spring. Due to the fickle nature of the English weather we cannot of course guarantee them. Total ascent 552ft.

Start time: 10.00 am
Duration:  2 hrs
Distance:  4 miles
Map: SP 017 359
Difficulty: Moderate
Starting Point: Dairy Lane, Dumbleton WR11 7TP

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 on their website.

Ramblers

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.

Bespoke tours

If you would prefer a local specialist walking and cycling company with an intimate knowledge of the area and accommodation to organise your own walking itinerary.

W4Health-logoThere 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 Avril Barnby.