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Ebrington Loop - from the Ebrington Arms Pub
distance 6.78mi Vertical gain +449ft Vertical drop -420ft 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 5.43mi Vertical gain +748ft Vertical drop -755ft 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 10.56mi Vertical gain +1060ft Vertical drop -1093ft 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 3.44mi Vertical gain +46ft Vertical drop -46ft Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Eckington - Worcestershire

A 3,5 mile, 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 5.47mi Vertical gain +407ft Vertical drop -407ft 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 11.29mi Vertical gain +522ft Vertical drop -535ft 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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distance 6.42mi Vertical gain +469ft Vertical drop -476ft 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 4.22mi Vertical gain +725ft Vertical drop -725ft 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 6.4mi Vertical gain +236ft Vertical drop -240ft 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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Along River Windrush, Nauton, Upper and Lower Slaughter
distance 10.35mi Vertical gain +449ft Vertical drop -453ft 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 7.75mi Vertical gain +276ft Vertical drop -285ft 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 Cotswolds - Hailes Abbey ( Download : )
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distance 4.84mi Vertical gain +600ft Vertical drop -577ft 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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distance 3.36mi Vertical gain +180ft Vertical drop -190ft 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 4.18mi Vertical gain +561ft Vertical drop -564ft 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 6.2mi Vertical gain +430ft Vertical drop -436ft 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 4.67mi Vertical gain +348ft Vertical drop -371ft 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 5.32mi Vertical gain +456ft Vertical drop -456ft 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 4.79mi Vertical gain +121ft Vertical drop -102ft 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 6.01mi Vertical gain +505ft Vertical drop -518ft 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 10.67mi Vertical gain +1129ft Vertical drop -1115ft 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 4.2mi Vertical gain +722ft Vertical drop -715ft 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 6.65mi Vertical gain +469ft Vertical drop -489ft 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.

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Blenheim Park, Combe and North Leigh Roman Villa
distance 10.42mi Vertical gain +479ft Vertical drop -482ft 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.

Walking Foxholes Wild Walk ( Download : )
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distance 7.6mi Vertical gain +135ft Vertical drop -135ft 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.

Walking Sherborne Park ( Download : )
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distance 2.49mi Vertical gain +171ft Vertical drop -171ft 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 4.12mi Vertical gain +131ft Vertical drop -131ft 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 2.81mi Vertical gain +177ft Vertical drop -200ft 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 1.16mi Vertical gain +72ft Vertical drop -144ft 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 : )
Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 5.81mi Vertical gain +630ft Vertical drop -636ft 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 9.32mi Vertical gain +1273ft Vertical drop -1273ft 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 2.41mi Vertical gain +351ft Vertical drop -348ft 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 4.92mi Vertical gain +912ft Vertical drop -915ft 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 2.3mi Vertical gain +535ft Vertical drop -531ft 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 0.69mi Vertical gain +128ft Vertical drop -128ft 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 : )
Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 6.33mi Vertical gain +1073ft Vertical drop -1073ft 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 13.01mi Vertical gain +1568ft Vertical drop -1572ft 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 5.42mi Vertical gain +748ft Vertical drop -745ft 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 8mi Vertical gain +509ft Vertical drop -486ft 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 1.46mi Vertical gain +223ft Vertical drop -226ft 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 12.59mi Vertical gain +1421ft Vertical drop -1385ft 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 11.83mi Vertical gain +915ft Vertical drop -942ft 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 6.53mi Vertical gain +272ft Vertical drop -269ft 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 5.45mi Vertical gain +138ft Vertical drop -154ft 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.

Walking Coln Street Aldwyns ( Download : )
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distance 1.14mi Vertical gain +49ft Vertical drop -49ft Durée 0h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Coln St. Aldwyns - Gloucestershire

A short stroll round this pretty Cotswold stone village on the River Coln.

Walking Westcote and Icomb ( Download : )
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distance 6.49mi Vertical gain +325ft Vertical drop -305ft Durée 3h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Bledington - Gloucestershire

Explore four gorgeous Cotswold villages with superb views over the Evenlode valley.

Walking Foxholes Nature Réserve ( Download : )
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distance 4.41mi Vertical gain +144ft Vertical drop -148ft Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bledington - Gloucestershire

Farmland walking to an ancient woodland reserve rich in flora and fauna.

Walking Evenlode circular ( Download : )
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distance 2.55mi Vertical gain +26ft Vertical drop -26ft Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bledington - Gloucestershire

Pleasant level walking through the village and the watermeadows of the River Evenlode.

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distance 6.83mi Vertical gain +305ft Vertical drop -302ft Durée 3h25 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Swinbrook and Widford - Oxfordshire

A longer walk through wooded country with magnificent views to Asthall village. Three Cotswold villages and an extended exploration of the Windrush valley.

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distance 4.04mi Vertical gain +115ft Vertical drop -115ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Swinbrook and Widford - Oxfordshire

Three Cotswold villages and an extended exploration of the Windrush valley.

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distance 3.95mi Vertical gain +174ft Vertical drop -157ft Durée 2h00 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Swinbrook and Widford - Oxfordshire

A longer walk through wooded country with magnificent views to Asthall village.