COVID 19 Update

There is new guidance in England and Wales on staying safe and protecting others in greenspaces.

Gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this

Read the full advice here

Advice on use of public rights of way in England is:

  • Stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.
  • You should only go outside alone or with members of your own household.
  • Keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times.
  • Take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly.
  • Follow the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home.
  • Keep dogs under effective control and leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
  • Respect other people and protect the natural environment. Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.

Stay at home. Save Lives https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Trail Itineraries

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Cotswold Way

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DAYS

10

DISTANCE

164km

Trail Information

Find useful facts and learn more about the Cotswold Way below. Select the blue tabs below for more details.

About the Trail

Extending from the quintessentially English market town of Chipping Campden to the Roman city of Bath, the 102 mile (164 km) Cotswold Way has existed as a promoted long-distance walk and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020.

Following the western edge of the Cotswold Hills, the route journeys through rolling pastures, beech woodland and honey-coloured villages built from Cotswold stone.

You will explore ancient commons in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, pass Neolithic burial barrows, stately homes and historic battle sites. The stunning path along the Cotswold escarpment offers ever-changing views to the west towards the River Severn and the Malvern Hills.

Exploring the Trail

Anyone who is reasonably fit can walk the Cotswold Way, although many walkers are surprised at the frequency of steep climbs.

The National Trail is very well way-marked so following the route is easy. But it is always a good idea to take a guidebook or map.

The Cotswold Way can be walked in all seasons. However, if you want to enjoy clear views from the Cotswold escarpment, then crisp winter days, autumn and spring may be the best time to visit. Late spring and early summer are great times to see the grasslands in all their glory and the beech woodlands are at their best in spring and autumn.

What is special about the Trail?

Renowned for its sheer diversity, the Cotswold Way incorporates some of England’s prettiest villages and passes historic sites such as the City of Bath World Heritage Site, the Neolithic burial chamber at Belas Knap, Sudeley Castle, Hailes Abbey and many churches and historic houses.

One minute you will be in wildflower meadows, the next shaded woodlands. You could breakfast in a sleepy village, lunch in a thriving market town and eat dinner under the stars – no two days will be the same!

Discover charming villages and ancient sites

Explore the honey-coloured Cotswolds and find picturesque places to visit, Neolithic sites and fascinating attractions, ending in historic Bath..

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