Walking the Cotswold Way

One of the best ways to enjoy the countryside is on foot

Thousands of walkers each year take on the Cotswold Way challenge.

Running along the Cotswold escarpment, the Cotswold Way journeys through picturesque villages, breath-taking countryside and past famous ancient sites.

National Trail
Covering 102 miles, the Cotswold Way runs between the market town of Chipping Campden and ends in the historic city of Bath. It takes most walkers 7 to 10 days to complete but others take advantage of the sights along the way and take a little longer.

Along the way
The Cotswold Way takes in many of the places we look after. Depending on where you begin your adventure, Dover's Hill lies either at the start or end of your journey. With its large open fields and stunning views across the Vale of Evesham it's easy to see why so many walkers decide to picnic here.

Believed to be an ancient battle site, Crickley Hill was on the English Heritage 'at risk' register. Now managed in partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, we're undertaking vital conservation work so it can continue to be a haven for wildflowers and animals.

Haresfield Beacon, with its outstanding views across to the River Severn, marks the trail's half way point. It's worth walking the extra bit to reach the top of the Beacon. From here, the Cotswolds unfolds around you.

Wayfinding
Although the Cotswold Way is well waymarked and easy to follow, it's best to have a map to hand. Many walkers are taken by surprise at the frequency of steep climbs.

Signs and maps will guide you on your way
Signs and maps will guide you on your way
Signs and maps will guide you on your way

Discover more about the route and the fascinating places along the Cotswold Way.