Leaving Winchcombe, you gradually ascend to the long barrow of Belas Knap. From here, a steep descent takes you down to Postlip Hall before a long and steady climb up to Cleeve Common and the eventual summit of Cleeve Hill. From the summit, the path follows the edge of the Cotswolds down to Prestbury Hill Nature Reserve.
A more demanding walking day but historically an exciting one from Winchcombe, passing Sudeley Castle in the distance and the Neolithic long barrow of Belas Knap. From here, you ascend onto Cleeve Common with panoramic views over the Cheltenham countryside. Follow the way as it takes you to the summit of Cleeve Hill, the highest point on the Cotswold Way! From the summit, you then follow the western edge of the Cotswold escarpment high above the famous settlement of Cheltenham eventually passing through an idyllic nature reserve, scenic woodland and agricultural land. Finally, a gradual descent leads through the classic Cotswold countryside to the small town of Charlton Kings.
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Cleeve Hill is the highest point on the whole of the Cotswold Way, and panoramic views extend over Cheltenham and the surrounding area. The Prestbury Hill Nature Reserve is a site of special scientific interest, particularly for its butterflies and rare plants.
RustplaatsenFood Fanatics Winchcombe
Cleeve Hill Golf Club
Prestbury Hill Nature Reserve
The London Inn
General Food & Drink Supplies - Charlton Kings
Traffic should not be a problem today as the route out of Winchcombe is relatively quiet. There are a few climbs and one steep descent which might be tricky during or after wet weather. Care is needed particularly if you are tiring.
When walking off the summit of Cleeve Hill and along the edge of the escarpment take care, especially in strong winds or poor visibility. This section is fairly straightforward with no particular hazards.
The Cotswold Way is well marked so navigation should be easy. Look out for the acorn signs which are the National Trail markers.
Tips en hints
Points of Interest
Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest along the walk, including recommended pubs/restaurants and cafe stops. Simply click the icons on the map for more information as you walk.
Food and Drink
Winchcombe is a large Cotswold town with a full range of facilities. There are a number of shops, small supermarkets, cafes and pubs where you can stock up with food and drink. There is also a tourist information office, a post office and a pharmacy in the town. A cash machine is available in the Co-op supermarket during opening hours, or an external machine can be found further down North Street at the larger supermarket on the edge of town. There are no facilities on this walk so make sure to carry what you need. Cleeve Hill Golf Club is open to non-members for refreshments but this is near the very end of the walk.
Packed lunch today is highly recommended. There is a golf course and pub around Cleeve Hill but we would advise you not to rely on these options in case they are not open. We recommend going to Food Fanatics in Winchcombe before you set off and grab some picnic food for the day.
Post walk Drinks
London Inn in Charlton Kings
The 606 Bus towards Cheltenham runs from Winchcombe. You can then either walk or take another bus (B service by Stagecoach) to Charlton Kings. Bus timetables change year on year and can be seasonal. Be sure to check https://www.pulhamscoaches.com/ for the 606 services (the local operator who runs this service) for up-to-date timetables.
Stagecoach W service also runs Winchcombe to Cheltenham and again you can either walk or get the connecting Stagecoach B service to Charlton Kings.
Please note that bus services may be affected by public bank holidays in the UK and in some cases may run a limited service or no service at all on weekends.
There are also useful websites to find when the next bus is due at www.traveline.info or simply have a quick google search.
Recommended Local Taxi Services along the Cotswold Way
Northwick Private Hire (Chipping Campden Area): +44 (0) 1386 701 806
TDM Taxis (Broadway Area): +44 (0) 7919 160 630
Starline Taxi (Cheltenham/Charlton Kings Area): +44 (0) 1242 250 250
Galaxy Private Hire (Dursley/Painswick/Wotton-Under-Edge Area): +44 (0) 7796 545 261
V Cars (Alternative for Wotton-Under-Edge Area): +44 (0) 1793 701 701
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Good comfortable boots or walking shoes are recommended. The ground can be quite soft and the paths are well used by walkers and riders. Whilst the terrain is not particularly difficult it can be muddy with some waterlogged stretches after heavy rain. Walking poles are an option if preferred. The British weather is changeable so waterproofs should also be carried just in case.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike/or if you have an older phone, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank as a backup.
This walk is isolated with a single opportunity to buy refreshments (Cleeve Hill Golf Course) - this is not guaranteed so be sure to bring enough with you.
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