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Walking Holidays in the Cotswolds - go rambling in the Cotswold hills

The Cotswolds is a scenic area spread over the gently rolling Cotswold hills. You will not find any great challenges and steep hillsides in the Cotswolds, just plenty of good walks, perfect for ramblers.

Walking is the ideal way of appreciating the beauty of the Cotswolds. On foot you have the time to stop and survey the scenery as it unfolds.

The main way-marked paths and trails in the Cotswolds


  • The Cotswold Way - 100 mile trail from Chipping Campden to the City of Bath

  • The Gloucestershire Way - a 100 mile footpath from Chepstow to Tewkesbury through part of the Forest of Dean, Severn Vale and the Cotswolds

  • The Macmillan Cross Cotswold Way is a section of the longer Macmillan Way (north to south from Yorkshire to Dorset) that begins at Banbury and ends at Bath

  • The Monarchs Way passes through the Cotswolds following the original escape route of the monarch Charless II who suffered defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The route passes through Stow on the Wold and Cirencester.

  • The Oxfordshire Way runs north east and connects the Cotswold Hills with the Chilterns across Oxfordshire

  • The Wardens' Way and Windrush Way are shorter trails of about 14 miles that begin in Winchcombe and end at Bourton-on-the-Water

  • The Wysis Way is a 55 mile trail that passes through the Cotswolds from west to east

One of the nice things about walking along a recognised foot path is the opportunity to chat with other walkers and find out about the things they have spotted en-route.


Be prepared for the weather when walking

Do go equipped with suitable footwear, clothing, a mobile phone and drinks and snacks when out walking in the Cotswolds. It may not be a challenging area for most but best be careful and ensure a sprained ankle does not ruin your holiday. Check the weather forecast before you go. A cagoule is not ony useful as a waterproof but also for sitting on damp ground when eating a picnic lunch.


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