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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.
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|Geology and landscape|
|Plants and wildlife|
|The impact of man|
|When to visit|
|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|