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
Cotswold Way (Stinchcombe Hill by pass)
Cotswold Way (alternative)
Cotswold Way (alternative)

Opinions

Rate 8.5 | 4 votes | No 10. in United Kingdom
  • John P July 2019
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Distant views across the valley of the River Severn to Wales from the limestone scarp slope along which the trail meanders. Leafy woods, well marked and maintained trails. Villages built of the local stone with ancient pubs (providing good food and beer) and churchyards with clipped yew trees. Ancient hill forts and burial mounds and long closed mills add a sense of history.
  • Negative This is not a walk over mountains but there are seem steep climbs and descents in places. Can be muddy and slippery.
  • 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

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2019
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
  • Cotswold Way: Chipping Campden to Bath
  • All-in-one hiking route guide and maps for the Cotswold Way, a 102-mile National Trail that runs from Chipping Campden to Bath, following the beautiful Cotswold escarpment for most of its course. This is the fully revised and updated 4th edition. The trail leads through quintessentially English countryside with little villages of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Cotswolds Way | Trailblazer
  • All-in-one hiking route guide and maps for the Cotswold Way, a 102-mile National Trail that runs from Chipping Campden to Bath, following the beautiful Cotswold escarpment for most of its course. This is the fully revised and updated 4th edition. The trail leads through quintessentially English countryside with little villages of... Read more
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  • 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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Short walks in the Cotswolds
  • A brand new range of practical little walk guides endorsed by the Ramblers. All the walks are 5 miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less that 3 hours. 20 walks are included and use clear maps to show the route plus easy to follow walk descriptions. The beautiful Cotswolds, with its rolling hills and pretty little villages,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cotswolds - Short Walks
  • A brand new range of practical little walk guides endorsed by the Ramblers. All the walks are 5 miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less that 3 hours. 20 walks are included and use clear maps to show the route plus easy to follow walk descriptions. The beautiful Cotswolds, with its rolling hills and pretty little villages,... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Short walks in the Cotswolds
  • The beautiful Cotswolds, with its rolling hills and pretty little villages, is perfect walking country. Explore this region with these 20 walks, all of which are 5 miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less than 3 hours. This guide, produced in co-operation with the Ramblers and featuring Ordnance Survey mapping, is the... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Short walks in the Cotswolds
  • The beautiful Cotswolds, with its rolling hills and pretty little villages, is perfect walking country. Explore this region with these 20 walks, all of which are 5 miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less than 3 hours. This guide, produced in co-operation with the Ramblers and featuring Ordnance Survey mapping, is the... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Walking in the Cotswolds: 30 Classic Hill and Valley Routes
  • A guidebook to 30 circular walks in the Cotswolds, the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. Ranging from 4 to 12 miles in length, the routes are graded from easy to strenuous, offering something for every walker. Fourteen of the routes described include sections of the Cotswold Way National Trail, a 102-mile walk that winds... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Walking in the Cotswolds
  • A guidebook to 30 circular walks in the Cotswolds, the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. Ranging from 4 to 12 miles in length, the routes are graded from easy to strenuous, offering something for every walker. Fourteen of the routes described include sections of the Cotswold Way National Trail, a 102-mile walk that winds... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Walking in the Cotswolds
  • A guidebook to 30 circular walks in the Cotswolds, the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. Ranging from 4 to 12 miles in length, the routes are graded from easy to strenuous, offering something for every walker. Fourteen of the routes described include sections of the Cotswold Way National Trail, a 102-mile walk that winds... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Cotswolds | Cicerone
  • Guidebook describing 30 circular walks in the Cotswolds AONB of southern England. The graded routes are 4-12 miles long, visiting hill forts, long barrows and stone circles, picturesque villages and parts of the Cotswold Way National Trail as circular walks. Includes information about history, geology and wildlife encountered along the routes. Read more
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Netherlands
  • The Cotswold Way
  • This revised 2006 edition, which has also been chosen as the official guide to the Cotswold Way relay race, describes the Cotswold Way from the best vantage point - on foot. This is another title from the Cotswold publisher, Reardon. Recommended by TV's Wish You Were Here , this is the ultimate walking guide to the Cotswolds, The Cotswold Way... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Cotswold Way
  • This revised 2006 edition, which has also been chosen as the official guide to the Cotswold Way relay race, describes the Cotswold Way from the best vantage point - on foot. This is another title from the Cotswold publisher, Reardon. Recommended by TV's Wish You Were Here , this is the ultimate walking guide to the Cotswolds, The Cotswold Way... Read more
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Maps

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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  • Wandelkaart Cotswold Way | Harvey Maps
  • 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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Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
  • Map of The Cotswolds & Pathfinder Bundle
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer Map of the Cotswolds Map sheet number OL45 in the OS Explorer map series covers a large area of the Cotswolds AONB, incluing Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, Cirencester and Chipping Campden. Highlights of the area include: the Cotswold Hills, Wychwood Community Forest, and the Cotswold Way. With this map you will receive a... Read more
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
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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelkaart Adventure Atlas Thames Path | A-Z Map Company
  • 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
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
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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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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
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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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De Zwerver
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Cotswold Way Self Guided Walking Holidays
  • Follow the Cotswold Way through some of England's most beautiful countryside. 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... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Escape to the Cotswolds
  • Short Break in the Cotswolds. Walking from Chipping Campden to Dowdeswell. Explore the Highlights of the Cotswolds Way on this walking holiday through quintessential England. You will explore the Chocolate-box Cotswold villages of Broadway and Stanton as well as a host of interesting historical sights. The Cotswold Way is one of the UK's finest... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • 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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