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Walking in the Cotswolds

30 classic hill and valley routes

by Damian Hall
Book published by Cicerone Press

Walking in the Cotswolds describes 30 circular walks set throughout the idyllic Cotswolds in southern England. 14 of the walks include parts of the Cotswold Way National Trail. The Cotswolds AONB has hills, woodlands and secret valleys, with plenty of remoteness, wilderness and epic views that show there is real hill walking country to be found.

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Honey-colour villages nestling between gentle, rounded hills.... the Cotswold clichés are true, but they don't tell the whole story. Get to know the area and you'll also find remote and wild places, as well as epic views from the Edge, the dramatic escarpment which marks its western boundary.

The Cotswolds have fantastic walking options all year round. There are quieter routes described for the busy summer months. Autumn sets the beech woods on fire; spring brings daffodils and bleating lambs. Winter sees bigger views through denuded trees and deliciously quiet trails.

This book describes a range of day walks, from gentle strolls to thigh-burning workouts, passing dramatic hillforts, barrows and stone circles and exploring Jurassic grasslands, beech woods and high ridges by turn. All of the walks are circular and are estimated to take from three to six hours.

Fourteen of the walks include parts of the Cotswold Way National Trail that snakes for 102 miles from Chipping Campden to Bath. If you walk all 14 you will have covered about two-thirds of the trail and certainly its finest sections.

  • 30 circular walks between 4 and 12 miles long, including many along the Cotswold Way
  • illustrated with OS map extracts and colour photographs
  • with lots of information about history, geology and wildlife along the routes
  • Seasons
    fantastic walking options all year round: there are quieter routes included for summer; autumn sets the beech woods on fire; spring brings daffodils and bleating lambs and winter offers bigger views through denuded trees and quiet trails
  • Centres
    (north-south) Evesham, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Tewkesbury, Winchcombe, Moreton-on-the-Marsh, Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Painswick, Stroud, Cirencester, Nailsworth, Dursley, Wotton-under-Edge, Tetbury, Malmesbury, Chippenham, Bristol, Bath and Bradford-on-Avon
  • Difficulty
    the Cotswolds offer safe walking for less experienced hikers but there are also testing gradients for seasoned hillwalkers
  • Must See
    the wide views from the Edge - especially from the likes of the wildflower-dotted, Jurassic grasslands of Cleeve Common, Leckhampton Hill and Selsley Common, or from the dramatic hillforts of Uley Bury, Painswick Beacon and Crickley Hill; walks along the Cotswold Way; stone circles, atmospheric long barrows and remote-feeling valleys
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Geology and landscape
Plants and wildlife
The impact of man
When to visit
Getting around
Where to stay
Terrain and what to take
Using this guide
Walk 1 Chipping Campden, Broadway and Broadway Tower
Walk 2 Bredon Hill
Walk 3 Stanton, Stanway and Snowshill
Walk 4 Long Compton and the Rollright Stones
Walk 5 Winchcombe, Hailes Abbey and Sudeley Castle
Walk 6 Winchcombe, Cleeve Common and Belas Knap
Walk 7 Temple Guiting, Guiting Wood and Guiting Power
Walk 8 Bourton-on-the-Water, the Slaughters and Naunton
Walk 9 Leckhampton Hill and Crickley Hill
Walk 10 Chedworth, Withington and the Roman Villa
Walk 11 Cranham, Cooper’s Hill and Painswick Beacon
Walk 12 Brimpsfield and Caudle Green
Walk 13 Painswick, Edge and Painswick Beacon
Walk 14 Miserden and Edgeworth
Walk 15 Laurie Lee’s Slad Valley
Walk 16 Haresfield Beacon
Walk 17 Toadsmoor, Bisley and the Golden Valley
Walk 18 Leonard Stanley, Coaley Peak and Selsley Common
Walk 19 Sapperton, Pinbury Park and Edgeworth
Walk 20 Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons
Walk 21 Nailsworth and Avening
Walk 22 Uley Bury, Dursley and Stinchcombe Hill
Walk 23 Kingscote, Ozleworth and Ozleworth Bottom
Walk 24 Wotton-under-Edge, Wortley and North Nibley
Walk 25 Dyrham Park and West Littleton
Walk 26 Swainswick Valley and Little Solsbury Hill
Walk 27 Box, Slaughterford and Colerne
Walk 28 Saltford, North Stoke, Weston
Walk 29 Bath Skyline
Walk 30 Bradford-on-Avon and Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Long- and medium-distance walks in the Cotswolds
Appendix C Bibliography and further reading
Appendix D Websites and further information
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