Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way, one of England's finest National Trails takes you from Chipping Campden, all the way to Bath, through quintessential English countryside. Almost the entire trail runs through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and passes through a succession of enchanting English villages, featuring traditional Cotswold cottages and welcoming country pubs.  Cross fields still bounded by hedges and stone walls as the trail twists and turns through undulating and stunning landscapes. You will enjoy expansive views, stumble across Neolithic sites and be surprised by elegant village churches. End your tour in the City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and brimming with fine architecture.
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Hiking trail · Cotswold
Chipping Campden to Stanton
easy
16.5 km
4:45 h
380 m
416 m
Leave Chipping Campden and enter classic Cotswold countryside as you traverse open land, climb above the picture-perfect villages and enjoy iconic ...
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from Callum Broad,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Tewkesbury
Stanton to Winchcombe
moderate
12.3 km
3:30 h
201 m
214 m
On the short connecting section from Stanton to Winchcombe, the walk starts with more ups and downs and interesting sites enroute.
from Callum Broad,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Tewkesbury
Winchcombe to Cleeve Hill
moderate
10 km
3:00 h
363 m
151 m
A focal point of the Cotswold Way, take in scenic views from above Cheltenham as you walk across the high grassland to Cleeve Hill. 
from Callum Broad,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Tewkesbury
Cleeve Hill to Dowdeswell
easy
8.3 km
2:30 h
60 m
260 m
Follow the route to Cleeve Hill to Dowdeswell enjoying a series of outstanding views from the Cotswold escarpment.
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Hiking trail · Cotswold
Dowdeswell to Seven Springs
easy
4.7 km
1:30 h
179 m
75 m
This short section connects Dowdeswell to Seven Springs, passing through Lineover Wood and toward the tiny crossroads of Seven Springs. 
from Callum Broad,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Cotswold
Seven Springs to Birdlip
moderate
12.2 km
3:30 h
170 m
118 m
Ascend onto the Wolds, where the vistas continue to impress; you'll pass a few hill forts as you make your way to Birdlip. 
from Macs Adventure,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Tewkesbury
Birdlip to Painswick
easy
11.8 km
3:30 h
237 m
352 m
A pleasant woodland walk leads away from Birdlip before the ascent onto Cooper’s Hill. Continuing on through Buckholt Wood the path crosses ...
from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Stroud
Painswick to King’s Stanley
moderate
14.8 km
4:30 h
254 m
354 m
A short but delightful walk , through open meadows, shaded woodland and open common with some of the finest views on the Cotswold Way.
from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure
difficult
23.9 km
7:15 h
611 m
558 m
This is an action-packed walking section with plenty of interetesting historical sites, including mansions and burial grounds, with splendid views ...
from Callum Broad,   Macs Adventure
Hiking trail · Stroud
Wotton-Under-Edge to Old Sodbury
moderate
20.3 km
5:55 h
356 m
334 m
Open fields interspersed with patches of woodland dominate your walk to Old Sodbury. 
from Callum Broad,   Macs Adventure
easy
3.8 km
1:15 h
59 m
10 m
This short section connects Old Sodbury with the village of Tormarton via Coomb's End. 
from Macs Adventure,   Macs Adventure
easy
10.6 km
3:00 h
137 m
107 m
This penultimate stretch of the Cotswold Way brings you through farmland to the village of Cold Ashton. 
from Macs Adventure,   Macs Adventure
moderate
16.3 km
5:00 h
258 m
430 m
The last section of the Cotswold Way takes you across fields and historic battlefields before descending into the Regency splendour of Bath and ...
from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure