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The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens and the Ramblers lead guided walks some of which start from Winchcombe.

Details of walks available across the whole Cotswolds will be found on the website www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/visiting-and-exploring/guided-walks/  .

A summary of walks centred in or near to Winchcombe can be found listed alongside.

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

Guided walks now available

15th December - Hailes Pre-Christmas Walk

Little Washbourne to Dumbleton & Alderton around Dumbleton Hill

Tuesday 6th December

A gradual up and down walk with excellent views from Dumbleton Hill. Bring coffee/snack and enjoy it on the benches at Dumbleton Cricket Club. No need to book – just turn up.

Start time: 10.00 am
Duration:  3.5 hrs
Distance:  7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Starting Point: The Hobnails Inn, Little Washbourne, GL20 8NQ
Map: SO 991 332

6th December - Little Washbourne to Dumbleton & Alderton around Dumbleton Hill

Hailes Pre-Christmas Walk

Thursday 15th December

An invigorating pre-Christmas walk from Hayles Fruit Farm, via Wood Stanway up the Cotswold escarpment to Stumps Cross and along an old drovers road. We take in the pretty hamlet of Farmcote with great views before descending the stony track of the Cotswold Way on our return to Hayles.

Although the walk starts at 10 am, why not join the leaders for a pre-walk warming drink and mince pie in the cafe at 9.30 am? Bring additional drinks/snacks as necessary for walk. Lunches are available in the cafe following the walk.

Start time: 10.00 am
Duration:  3 hrs
Distance:  6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Starting Point: Car park Hayes Fruit Farm, Hailes, GL54 5PB
Map: SP 053 297.

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.