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Walking the Cotswold Way

Visitors walking at Haresfield Beacon and Standish Wood, Gloucestershire
Visitors walking at Haresfield Beacon and Standish Wood | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

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 seven to 10 days to complete the whole route but others take advantage of the sights along the way and take a little longer.

A National Trail

The Cotswold Way journeys through picturesque villages, natural countryside and famous ancient sites. You can choose to complete the entire route or break up the walk into shorter sections whenever you revisit the area.

Places to see along the way

Dover’s Hill
The Cotswold Way takes in many of the places that we care for. 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.Find out more about Dover's Hill
The view of the rolling countryside from Dover's Hill, Gloucestershire.
The view from Dover's Hill | © National Trust Images/Kate Groome
Crickley Hill
Believed to be an ancient battle site, Crickley Hill is managed in partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Together we're undertaking vital conservation work so it can continue to be a haven for wildflowers and animals.Find out more about Crickley Hill
Haresfield Beacon
With its outstanding views across to the River Severn, Haresfield Beacon marks the trail's halfway point. It's worth walking the extra bit to reach the top of the Beacon. From here, you can see the Cotswolds unfold around you. This halfway point makes a great place to stop and refuel while you take in the far-reaching views.Find out more about Haresfield Beacon
Walking the Cotswold Way at Crickley Hill, Gloucestershire
Walking the Cotswold Way at Crickley Hill, Gloucestershire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Finding your way along the route

Although the Cotswold Way is well way marked and easy to follow, it's best to keep a map in your pocket. Be prepared for a few steep climbs to reach the best views.

Two visitors exploring the garden in spring at Quarry Bank, Cheshire

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