Walking in the Cotswolds

30 circular walks in the AONB

By Damian Hall

Guidebook describing 30 circular walks in the Cotswolds AONB of southern England. The graded routes are 4-12 miles long, visiting hill forts, long barrows and stone circles, picturesque villages and parts of the Cotswold Way National Trail as circular walks. Includes information about history, geology and wildlife encountered along the routes.



Fantastic walking options all year round.


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


The Cotswolds offer safe walking for less experienced hikers but there are also testing gradients for seasoned hill-walkers.
Must See

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.
13 Apr 2016
11 Jul 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
  • Overview

    A guidebook to 30 circular walks in the Cotswolds, the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. Ranging from 4 to 12 miles in length, the routes are graded from easy to strenuous, offering something for every walker. Fourteen of the routes described include sections of the Cotswold Way National Trail, a 102-mile walk that winds its way from Chipping Campden to Bath.

    Step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 mapping. There is plenty of information on the many points of interest passed en route, including Roman ruins, ancient stone circles, Neolithic long barrows and historic villages. Also included is a useful route table summary, information on accommodation, and details on the region’s geology, landscape, plants and wildlife.

    Covering 790 square miles, the Cotswolds is home to lush green hills, picturesque valleys and beautiful beech woodlands. The impressive Edge – a remarkable limestone escarpment – offers ethereal views across the Vales of the Severn, Berkeley and Gloucester to the Malverns and the distant mountains of Wales.

  • Contents

    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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    July 2019

    P125 – New Inn in Dursley Opening hours are limited to Thur from 5pm and Fri-Sun 2.30pm until 11 pm and not to be confused with another pub named New Inn, which is off route.

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Damian Hall

Damian Hall is a freelance outdoor journalist who grew up in Nailsworth and still lives in the Cotswolds. He has completed many of the world's famous and not-so-famous long-distance walks, including Everest Base Camp trek for his honeymoon and Australia's Six Foot Track, where a hungry possum stole his walking boot. He contributes regularly to outdoor and fitness publications, including Country Walking and Outdoor Fitness, and writes walking guidebooks, including the official Pennine Way guide, a guide to the Somerset Coast Path and Cicerone's Walking in the Cotswolds.

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