Cotswold Way

Description

  1. Name Cotswold Way
  2. Length of trail 161 km, 100 miles
  3. Length in days 7 days
  4. Start of trail Bath
  5. End of trail Chipping Campden
  6. Traildino grading EW, Easy walk, nature trail

Cotswold Way, Standish Wood

100 miles, 161 km, 7 days, Bath - Chipping Campden

National Trail

The Cotswold in the southwest of the United Kingdom is a large area of outstanding beauty. The Cotswold Way is a walk that follows the limestone escarpment along the Severn estuary. This escarpment is the most prominent feature of the Cotswolds: from the east the landmass slowly rises, and here, in the Cotswolds, the gently rolling landscape dramatically breaks down to the Severn valley. Great vistas unfold, not unlinke a coastal walk. On a clear day, one will be able to see the Black Mountains in Wales.

The stone age people built their long graves, the iron age people created large and exposed hill forts, and in our times the rich merchants from Bristol built their country houses. All is still there to be enjoyed.

The hills are not high, but very varied. Sometimes the high combs consist of barren common lands dotted with sheep, often of old beech forests carpeted with wild garlic and bluebells. In the narrow valleys, small villages are hidden. The traditional building style is well preserved, and the cream coloured Cotswold stone merges perfectly into the landscape of hedges, large solitary trees and small fields. We should not forget to mention the centuries old drystone walls, a craft that is being revived nowadays.

Some practicalities. People usually walk north-south "because that's downhill" (Chipping Campden lies at 150 m, and Bath, in the south, at 50 m). Well, no one prevents you from walking the other way round, of course. A typical day involves some walking up and down, but on the whole the walk is very easy and very well waymarked, more so since 2007 when the trail became a National Trail and got a total makeover. It's the ideal B&B walk, since lodging is available in most villages and many solitary houses in between. Enough pubs are still open to find a meal every day. Camping is more difficult, since few official campsites exist.

On the downside it should be mentioned that the nearby cities of Bristol, Gloucester, Bath and Cheltenham put some pressure on the area (golf courses), and one often has to cross busy roads.

On the whole, this way is the perfect week's walk through a truly English countryside.

Select some tracks
Cotswold Way, 165km
.Cotswold Way (Selsley Common route), 5.4km
Cotswold Link, 41km

Opinions

Rate 8.3 | 3 votes | No 11. in United Kingdom
  • Aaron Barnes October 2017
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Very nice trail. Some fine scenery and lovely villages. Great to finish in Bath too. Lovely old beech woodland.
  • Negative Lovely old beech woodland - you can have too much of a good thing sometimes. Often sticks to bridleway when footpaths might have offered a better route - splitting hairs though!
  • Joke ter Weele April 2010
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Bluebells in spring, and the lush green of nature in general
  • Negative Some sticky mud here and there
  • Henk Nouws April 2010
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Romantic, lovely countryside, beautiful villages, good pubs, superb forests, iron age forts.
  • Negative Many pubs have been closed down over the years. What a pity!
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Cotswold Way

Hike Reports

  • Cotswold Way

  • overseasophie May 2011
  • Amazing weather in early May and stayed some in some great b&bs. The trail itself was excellently maintained, though it had been a dry winter and the ground was unusually dry.
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Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Bristol, Bath, Thornbury & Chew Magna OS Landranger Active Map 172 (waterproof)
  • Bristol and Bath area, including the southern section of the Cotswold Way, on a waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of map No. 172 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map, each... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gloucester & Forest of Dean OS Landranger Active Map 162 (waterproof)
  • Gloucester and the Forest of Dean area, including a part of the Cotswold Way and the southernmost section of the Offa’s Dyke Path, on a waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of map No. 162 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE... Read more
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Cotswold Way: An Archaeological Walking Guide
  • The Cotswold Way crosses some of the most densely populated and varied landscapes from the each period of the past. The route also has some nationally important archaeological sites along, behind and in front of it. This book introduces the serious trail walker or the local `single-stretch` day rambler to the types of archaeological monuments... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Worcester, The Malverns, Evesham & Tewkesbury OS Landranger Map 150 (paper)
  • The area around Worcester, Great Malvern, Evesham and Tewkesbury, including the Malvern Hills and part of the Cotswold Way / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 150 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS:... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick & Banbury OS Landranger Map 151 (paper)
  • The area between Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Banbury, including the northern part of the Cotswold Hills and part of the Cotswold Way / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 151 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bristol, Bath, Thornbury & Chew Magna OS Landranger Map 172 (paper)
  • Bristol and Bath area, including the southern section of the Cotswold Way, on a paper version of map No. 172 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map, each Landranger title now includes a... Read more
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United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
  • Cheltenham, Cirencester & Stow-on-the-Wold OS Landranger Map 163 (paper)
  • Cheltenham and Cirencester area, including sections of the Thames Path, the Cotswold Way and the E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 163 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gloucester & Forest of Dean OS Landranger Map 162 (paper)
  • Gloucester and the Forest of Dean area, including a part of the Cotswold Way and the southernmost section of the Offa’s Dyke Path, on a paper version of map No. 162 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Britain's Best Walks
  • Britain's diverse countryside is undoubtedly best experienced on foot, and Britain's Best Walks celebrates the most picturesque landscapes this small island has to offer through 20 long-distance walks. Whether you're a fan of Britain's long and beautiful coastline or prefer the romance of its lakes and mountains; whether you favour classic... Read more
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Belgium
  • Britain's Best Walks
  • Britain's diverse countryside is undoubtedly best experienced on foot, and Britain's Best Walks celebrates the most picturesque landscapes this small island has to offer through 20 long-distance walks. Whether you're a fan of Britain's long and beautiful coastline or prefer the romance of its lakes and mountains; whether you favour classic... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • England Coast Path Adventure Map - Minehead to Brean Down
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Minehead to Brean Down Adventure Map covers a 58 mile (93km) section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cotswold Way Adventure Atlas
  • The Cotswold Way Adventure Atlas, presenting the 102 miles / 163 km long hiking route between Bath and Chipping Campden on mapping at 1:25,000 in a series of handy A5 size Adventure Atlases from Geographers` A-Z Map Company with cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. To see other titles in this series please click on the series... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cotswold Way Harvey National Trail XT40
  • The Cotswold Way, a 164km / 102 mile National Trail from Chipping Campden in the north to Bath in the south, presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The route is shown on nine panels, with additional small street plans of Chipping Campden and Bath.Maps in the Harvey’s series covering Great... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Cotswold Way XT40
  • The Cotswold Way, a 164km / 102 mile National Trail from Chipping Campden in the north to Bath in the south, presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The route is shown on nine panels, with additional small street plans of Chipping Campden and Bath.Maps in the Harvey Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • England Coast Path - Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path, it... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • England Coast Path Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path, it... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • England Coast Path Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Camber to Folkestone Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path, it... Read more
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Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • England Coast Path - Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • England Coast Path Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path,... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • England Coast Path Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map
  • The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors.This official Folkestone to Ramsgate Adventure Map section of the England Coast Path, a new National Trail around England`s coast. More than just a path,... Read more
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Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
  • Thames Path A-Z Adventure Atlas
  • The A-Z Adventure series features the accuracy and quality of Ordnance Survey`s Explorer mapping in a convenient book, therefore eliminating the need to fold and re-fold a large sheet map to the desired area. OS Explorer is Ordnance Survey`s most detailed mapping at a scale of 1:25 000 showing public rights of way, open access land, national... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Thames Path Adventure Atlas
  • The A-Z Adventure series features the accuracy and quality of Ordnance Survey`s Explorer mapping in a convenient book, therefore eliminating the need to fold and re-fold a large sheet map to the desired area. OS Explorer is Ordnance Survey`s most detailed mapping at a scale of 1:25 000 showing public rights of way, open access land, national... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Thames Path Adventure Atlas
  • The A-Z Adventure series features the accuracy and quality of Ordnance Survey`s Explorer mapping in a convenient book, therefore eliminating the need to fold and re-fold a large sheet map to the desired area. OS Explorer is Ordnance Survey`s most detailed mapping at a scale of 1:25 000 showing public rights of way, open access land, national... Read more
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Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Escape to the Cotswolds
  • Short Break in the Cotswolds. Walking from Chipping Campden to Dowdeswell. Experience the highlights of the Cotswolds Way on this walking escape. This tour explores chocolate box Cotswold villages such as Broadway and Stanton as well as taking in interesting historical sights and spectacular views in quintessentially English countryside. Your... Read more
Macs Adventure
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  • The Cotswold Trail
  • Self guided walking tour of the North Cotswolds. Walk between the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds and discover why the Cotswolds are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The trail meanders through the beautiful rolling Cotswold countryside visiting honey coloured villages, historic houses, immaculate gardens and ancient... Read more
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