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Ebrington Loop - from the Ebrington Arms Pub
distance 10.91km Vertical gain +137m Vertical drop -128m Durée 3h30 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Ebrington - Gloucestershire

Hidden Gem: A circular walk from a lovely village pub.

The walk takes in the lovely rolling Cotswold fields, before a view of Foxcote Manor and a walk along the top of the Cotswold Escarpment, taking in breathtaking views North out as far as Birmingham and Coventry.
Drop down to the lovely National Trust property at Hidcote for tea and cake, before a return through fields and hamlets to sit by the pub fire with a well earned pint.

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distance 8.75km Vertical gain +228m Vertical drop -230m Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Radway - Warwickshire

A Warwickshire walk that is full of interest, visiting some pretty villages and the attractive escarpment of Ege Hill with fine views to the north. The route also uses sections of the Battlefields Trail and Centenary Way long distance footpaths.

Walking Blockley to Hinchwick ( Download : )
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distance 16.99km Vertical gain +323m Vertical drop -333m Durée 5h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Blockley - Gloucestershire

A beautiful circular Cotswold walk with a few surprises.

Walking Eckington Wharf ( Download : )
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distance 5.54km Vertical gain +14m Vertical drop -14m Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Eckington - Worcestershire

A waymarked riverside walk in the Worcestershire countryside. Eckington Wharf is a pleasant place to linger for a while, enjoying the view up river towards Bredon Hill, or watching elegant swans glide beneath the arches of the medieval bridge spanning the River Avon. The wharf is also the ideal starting point for a delightful and undemanding walk which takes you alongside the river to Strensham Lock before returning through Eckington village.

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distance 8.8km Vertical gain +124m Vertical drop -124m Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Southstoke - Bath and North East Somerset

A Somerset walk in the northern part of the county. The undulating route explores the hills and valleys to the south of Southstoke using field paths, the course of an old railway and tracks.

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The source of the River Thames from Sapperton
distance 18.18km Vertical gain +159m Vertical drop -163m Durée 5h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Sapperton - Gloucestershire

A Cotswolds walk that is full of interest starting from the village of Sapperton and using sections of six long distance paths to complete the route.

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Along River Windrush, Nauton, Upper and Lower Slaughter
distance 16.65km Vertical gain +137m Vertical drop -138m Durée 5h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Bourton-on-the-Water - Gloucestershire

This easy but quite long circular walk from Bourton-on-the-Water uses a peaceful section of Windrush Way along the river before you follow a section of Warden's Way visiting typical Cotswold villages including Nauton, Upper Slaughter, Lower Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water as well!

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distance 10.33km Vertical gain +143m Vertical drop -145m Durée 3h20 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hillesley and Tresham - Gloucestershire

This is a circular walk starting in the Cotswold village of Hillesley. The route takes you up the Cotswold escarpment, over fields, through quiet lanes and valleys, to the villages of Alderly and Wortley, before returning to Hillesley. The Cotswold's are a range of hills that rise from the Severn Valley. The “Wolds,” or rolling hills, is an AONB in the west country of the UK. Here the past is evident in the many honey-coloured stone villages and farms.

Walking Broadway Tower ( Download : )
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Broadway Tower
distance 6.8km Vertical gain +221m Vertical drop -221m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Broadway - Worcestershire

Broadway and its highest tower castle in the Cotswolds is ideally located for exploring this hilly region of the English countryside and a part of the Cotswold Way (National Trail 164km running north-to-south).
In good weather, the top of Broadway Tower offers a 360° view, especially of the Welsh landscape to the west.

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Around Blenheim Park from Woodstock
distance 10.3km Vertical gain +72m Vertical drop -73m Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Woodstock - Oxfordshire

This circular walk mainly explores Blenheim Park, its monuments and distinctive characteristics including the Grand Bridge, the Column of Victory, Rosamund's Well and an impressive Cedar of Lebanon tree!

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distance 12.47km Vertical gain +84m Vertical drop -87m Durée 3h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Hillesley and Tresham - Gloucestershire

This circular walk set in the southern end of the English Cotswold, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The walk is a mixture of open fields, quiet country lanes, with one section of the walk using pathways within the National Arboretum at Westonbirt. The walk passes through two Cotswold villages : Tresham and Leighterton.

Walking Bath and Solsbury Hill ( Download : )
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distance 20km Vertical gain +360m Vertical drop -366m Durée 6h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Charlcombe - South Gloucestershire

Scenic walk through Bath and surrounding area - takes in walks around the Bath Circus, along The Kennet & Avon Canal and up Solsbury Hill.

Walking Cotswolds - Hailes Abbey ( Download : )
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distance 7.8km Vertical gain +183m Vertical drop -176m Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Stanway - Gloucestershire

A walk in the heart of the Cotswolds, its countryside, its hills and its woods from the ruins of Hailes Abbey, taken over from the National Trust. This circuit takes part of the Cotswolds Way, an SGR hiking trail that crosses the Cotswolds from North to South for 164 km (from Chipping Campden to Bath).

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Blenheim Park, Combe and North Leigh Roman Villa
distance 16.77km Vertical gain +146m Vertical drop -147m Durée 5h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Woodstock - Oxfordshire

This pretty long circular walk explores Blenheim Park with great views of The Lake and the Palace. Then, follow paths (Palladian and Wychwood Ways) in the countryside following River Evenlode until you reach the remains of a large Roman courtyard villa. You finally go back to Woodstock using a section of Oxfordshire Way.

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distance 5.4km Vertical gain +55m Vertical drop -58m Durée 1h40 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in North Cerney - Gloucestershire

Walk down the valley and then divert to a picture-perfect Cotswold hamlet and church.

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distance 6.72km Vertical gain +171m Vertical drop -172m Durée 2h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Compton Abdale - Gloucestershire

Circular Road Walk from Compton Abdale to Withington and back.

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distance 9.97km Vertical gain +131m Vertical drop -133m Durée 3h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Doynton - South Gloucestershire

Doynton is a village situated at the southern end of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, approximately 14.5km (9.0) miles from Bath. The walk starts from the Holy Trinity Church, Doynton, and takes you up the Cotswold escarpment, over fields, through quiet lanes and valleys, to the village of Dyrham, before returning to Doynton

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Kingscote and Conygre Woods from Horsley
distance 7.52km Vertical gain +106m Vertical drop -113m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Horsley (Gloucestershire) - Gloucestershire

This Gloucestershire walk from Horsley explores surrounding woods using well-marked paths and bridleways.

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Lasborough, Ozleworth and Marlees Brooks from Newington
distance 8.56km Vertical gain +139m Vertical drop -139m Durée 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kingscote - Gloucestershire

This circular walk from Newington provides a good way to discover two quiet valleys along Ozleworth and Marlees Brooks.

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distance 7.71km Vertical gain +37m Vertical drop -31m Durée 2h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Easton Grey - Wiltshire

An easy pleasant walk around pretty villages of Easton Grey and Sherston Parva (Pinkney), near Malmesbury.

Walking Windrush valley ( Download : )
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distance 9.67km Vertical gain +154m Vertical drop -158m Durée 3h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Barrington (Gloucestershire) - Gloucestershire

Explore rolling Cotswold country, with three idyllic villages and a grand estate.

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Saintbury Church, Dover's Hill, Chipping Campden and Broadway Tower
distance 17.17km Vertical gain +344m Vertical drop -340m Durée 5h55 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Broadway - Worcestershire

This pretty long circular walk (but not very hard!) from Broadway uses two famous trails, Donnington and Cotswold Ways letting you discover gorgeous Cotswold villages, churches, viewpoints and monuments.

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Cam Peak, Cam Long Down and Uley Bury
distance 6.76km Vertical gain +220m Vertical drop -218m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Cam - Gloucestershire

This Gloucestershire circular walk with ascents and descents explores Dursley countryside and surrounding hills with superb views using a section of Cotswold Way. On a clear day, you can even admire River Severn and the Brecon Beacons in Wales from several tops!

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distance 10.7km Vertical gain +143m Vertical drop -149m Durée 3h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Winsley - Wiltshire

A six and a half mile walk with one steep hill which affords many open views on a mix of quiet roads and paths - some through wooded areas and some with broad open views.

Walking Foxholes Wild Walk ( Download : )
Tourist office
distance 12.24km Vertical gain +41m Vertical drop -41m Durée 3h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Shipton-under-Wychwood - Oxfordshire

Explore Foxholes : stroll through rolling countryside, woodland and quiet villages. Starting in Shipton-under-Wychwood, this 11 km circular walk takes in ancient woodland at the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust’s (BBOWT) Foxholes nature reserve.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 10.85km Vertical gain +213m Vertical drop -213m Durée 3h45 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Charlcombe - South Gloucestershire

Scenic walk around Wolley, Langridge and over to Sir Bevill Grenville’s Monument.

Walking Kelston and the Avon ( Download : )
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distance 12.96km Vertical gain +258m Vertical drop -250m Durée 4h25 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Charlcombe - South Gloucestershire

A scenic walk over to Kelston and Saltford, along the Old Railway and River Avon.

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distance 5.24km Vertical gain +18m Vertical drop -18m Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Charlcombe - South Gloucestershire

An easy walk around Bath Racecourse, to Prospect Stile with good views of Kelston Round Hill.

Walking Beckford’s Tower ( Download : )
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distance 5.17km Vertical gain +20m Vertical drop -20m Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Charlcombe - South Gloucestershire

A gentle walk across Bath Racecourse to Beckford's Tower Monument.

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distance 4.24km Vertical gain +23m Vertical drop -22m Durée 1h15 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Charlcombe - South Gloucestershire

Short circular walk to Sir Bevill Grenville’s Monument.

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distance 11.66km Vertical gain +90m Vertical drop -87m Durée 3h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Enstone - Oxfordshire

An interesting and varied walk along the stream/river valleys of the River Glyme and a tributary, and through the park of a country house with several eccentric features. On the way, you can stop at a nature reserve of natural Cotswold limestone grassland. The first half of the walk follows Shakespeare's Way.

Walking Sherborne Park ( Download : )
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distance 4km Vertical gain +52m Vertical drop -52m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Sherborne - Gloucestershire

A well-marked family walk around parkland on National Trust property.

Walking Westwell ( Download : )
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distance 6.63km Vertical gain +40m Vertical drop -40m Durée 2h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Barrington (Gloucestershire) - Gloucestershire

Cross open farmland to a quiet village with a pond, just over the border in Oxfordshire.

Walking The Barringtons ( Download : )
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distance 4.53km Vertical gain +54m Vertical drop -61m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Barrington (Gloucestershire) - Gloucestershire

Two superb Cotswold stone villages on either side of the River Windrush.

Walking Hammonds Farm to Stroud ( Download : )
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distance 1.87km Vertical gain +22m Vertical drop -44m Durée 0h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Painswick - Gloucestershire

A short, one-way stroll down into Stroud for sightseeing, shopping or to visit the Farmer’s Market. Return the same way, or by car or taxi.

Walking Wickridge & Painswick ( Download : )
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distance 9.34km Vertical gain +192m Vertical drop -194m Durée 3h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Painswick - Gloucestershire

A climb to Wickridge for views of Stroud, followed by a level section and then descent with further fine views to Painswick. After climbing to the town, the return is along the stream and then on a mostly level path along the valley. The walk can be extended to Painswick House and gardens.

Walking Cotswold Way - Stroud ( Download : )
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distance 15.01km Vertical gain +388m Vertical drop -388m Durée 5h25 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Painswick - Gloucestershire

After a level stroll above the Painswick Valley, this route drops to cross the stream then climbs to the popular Edgemoor Arms. It then joins the Cotswold Way for an extended promenade along the wooded escarpment, including a visit to the fine viewpoint of Haresfield Beacon.

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distance 3.89km Vertical gain +107m Vertical drop -106m Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Painswick - Gloucestershire

A circular walk on either side of the Painswick Valley, visiting the villages of Pitchcombe and White’s Hill.

Walking Cranham - Sheepscombe ( Download : )
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distance 7.92km Vertical gain +278m Vertical drop -279m Durée 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Painswick - Gloucestershire

A circular walk around Sheepscombe area and Cranham with glorious views to Painswick and Sheepscombe.

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distance 3.7km Vertical gain +163m Vertical drop -162m Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Painswick - Gloucestershire

A circular walk with glorious views to Painswick and Sheepscombe.

Walking Far End ( Download : )
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distance 1.12km Vertical gain +39m Vertical drop -39m Durée 0h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Painswick - Gloucestershire

Circular walk in the Sheepscombe area between woodlands nearby Laurie Lee Field.

Walking Painswick ( Download : )
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distance 10.19km Vertical gain +327m Vertical drop -327m Durée 3h50 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Painswick - Gloucestershire

A circular walk between Sheepscombe and Painswick Beacon area.

Walking Cotswold Way - Sheepscombe ( Download : )
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distance 20.94km Vertical gain +478m Vertical drop -479m Durée 7h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Painswick - Gloucestershire

A circular walk around Sheepscombe area via Painswick Beacon and woodlands.

Walking Foston’s Ash & Cranham ( Download : )
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distance 8.73km Vertical gain +228m Vertical drop -227m Durée 3h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Painswick - Gloucestershire

A circular walk around Sheepscombe area between woodlands and Cranham village.

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distance 12.88km Vertical gain +155m Vertical drop -148m Durée 4h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in North Cerney - Gloucestershire

Explore four contrasting Cotswold villages in and around the glorious Churn valley.

Walking North Cerney village ( Download : )
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distance 2.36km Vertical gain +68m Vertical drop -69m Durée 0h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in North Cerney - Gloucestershire

Stroll round this lovely Cotswold village, with a visit to its well-preserved medieval church.

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distance 20.27km Vertical gain +433m Vertical drop -422m Durée 7h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in North Cerney - Gloucestershire

A one-way walk part of the 'Costwold Challenge' a one-day linear or two-day circular walk between two superb Gloucestershire inns.

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distance 19.03km Vertical gain +279m Vertical drop -287m Durée 6h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Painswick - Gloucestershire

A one-way walk part of the 'Costwold Challenge' a one-day linear or two-day circular walk between two superb Gloucestershire inns.

Walking Bibury and the corn valley ( Download : )
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distance 10.5km Vertical gain +83m Vertical drop -82m Durée 3h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Coln St. Aldwyns - Gloucestershire

A high-level route to picture-perfect Bibury, returning along the Coln valley.

Walking Quenington and the Coln ( Download : )
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distance 8.77km Vertical gain +42m Vertical drop -47m Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Coln St. Aldwyns - Gloucestershire

To a historic village with a medieval gatehouse and Norman church, with a riverside return.