It has a timeless quality about it which makes it an attractive centre for walkers. A walled town in Saxon times, the town became prosperous as a result of the wool trade. The town has “Walkers are Welcome“ status which means we will endeavour to make your stay and experience memorable. We hope you use the local businesses on your visit especially those supporting the Walkers are Welcome initiative. These are easily recognisable by the logo displayed in their windows.
There is so much history attached to Winchcombe with a neolithic long barrow situated on a hilltop above Winchcombe, Spoonley Villa, a Roman villa discovered and excavated in 1882, pilgrims once visited the now destroyed Winchcombe Abbey, the notable St Peter’s Church, Sudeley Castle where the only English Queen is buried in private grounds.
Strolling along picturesque streets surrounded by cottages of golden yellow stone and hidden courtyard gardens it’s easy to allow yourself to daydream that you’ve stepped back in time. The town is served by many footpaths coming off the hills, including the Cotswold Way National Trail.
You can base yourself in Winchcombe to walk these, and several other long distance routes such as the Winchcombe Way, Wardens Way, Windrush Way and Isbourne Way. The Gloucestershire Way also passes through Winchcombe finishing at Tewkesbury.