The Cotswolds way as it passes through the village of Broadway in Worcestershire

Cotswold Way National Trail

Introduction

Follow the Cotswolds escarpment with its stunning views and charming villages from the beautiful Cotswold market town of Chipping Campden in the north to the World Heritage City of Bath in the south.


The Cotswold Way
is a long distance walking Trail that runs between the market town of Chipping Campden in the north and the city of Bath in the south. The Trail is 102 miles (164 km) long, and runs for most of its length on the Cotswold escarpment.  It passes through many picturesque villages and close to a significant number of historic sites, for example the Roman heritage at Bath, the Neolithic burial chamber at Belas Knap, Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe, Hailes Abbey and many beautiful churches and historic houses.

The Cotswold Way has existed as a promoted long distance walk for over 30 years. Following many years of lobbying by the Ramblers Association and others, its special qualities have been recognised and in 1998 the government approved its development as a National Trail.  The Cotswold Way was formally launched as a National Trail in May 2007.   This designation is a very special one and there are only a few other Trails in England with this special grading.


Other Walking Routes in the Cotswolds.

Diamond Way
Members of the North Cotswold Group of the Ramblers’ Association devised this circular walk to link towns, villages and settlements through their region. The walk takes in Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Blockley, Guiting Power and Northleach.
60 miles (96 km)

Gloucestershire Way
The Gloucestershire Way starts from Chepstow. It crosses the River Severn at Gloucester and climbs the Cotswold escarpment at Crickley. From here it follows a route across the hills to Salperton, Stow-on-the-Wold and Winchcombe, and back to the Severn at Tewkesbury.
100 miles (160 km)

Oxfordshire Way
Starting from Bourton-on-the-Water, the Oxfordshire Way leads through the Cotswolds to Ascott-under-Wychwood, then continues to Henley-on-Thames.
65 miles (105 km)

Wardens Way
Leading from Winchcombe to Bourton-on-the-Water, the Warden’s Way connects the Cotswold Way with the Oxfordshire Way. It passes through Guiting Power, Naunton, Lower and Upper Slaughter, and can be combined with the Windrush Way to provide a circular route.
14 miles (22 km)

Windrush Way
This walk follows the River Windrush from Winchcombe to Bourton-on-the-Water via Hawling, Aylworth and Lower Harford. It can be combined with the Wardens Way to provide a circular route.
14 miles (22 km)

Wychavon Way
Starting from the Cotswold Way at Winchcombe, the Wychavon Way continues north to Bredon Hill and into Worcestershire.
41 miles (66 km)

Wysis Way
The Wysis Way links the rivers Wye, Severn and Thames. The route starts in Monmouth and crosses the Forest of Dean and Severn Vale, then climbs the Cotswold escarpment and continues to Bisley. It drops down into the Frome Valley and leads south to the watershed at Thameshead and the source of the Isis, the highest tributary of the Thames.
55 miles (88 km)

Other links: Linked Paths: Cotswold Ring; Cotswold Village TrailCotswolds Walk; Donnington WayHeart of England Way; Hobbler's Way (Coast to Coast - Wash to Severn); Macmillan Way - Boston to Abbotsbury; Monarch's WaySt Kenelm's Routes; St Kenelm's Trail; St Kenelm's Way;

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015