How to walk the Cotswold Way(Last Updated On: 13th December 2019)
The Cotswold Way is over 100 miles long! Most holiday cottage guests won’t have time to walk it in one go, so here’s how to plan weekend-size stretches.
We have decided it’s high time, here at the Bolthole Retreats office, that we walked the whole Cotswold Way. However, like lots of guests staying at our cottages, we don’t have time to do over 100 miles in one go, so we’re going to break it down into weekend-size pieces. Here’s our photo blog of our first 10 miles, completed one misty Saturday at the end of November …
The Cotswold Way is one of 16 National Trails criss-crossing the UK. It runs 102 mile (164Km) between the beautiful Cotswold town of Chipping Campden and the spa city of Bath. Along the route are long distance views from the Cotswold escarpment to picturesque villages, woodland, rivers, valleys and famous ancient sites – it really is stunning. The route is very well way-marked, so finding your way is easy, but it’s always a good idea to take a guidebook or map too.
Our plan is to walk the Way which ever direction we feel like and in stages that suite what we are doing for the weekend… a bit random but does it really matter? Maybe for a purist but not for us! So, we started off near Uley, close to Woodchester Park. We left one car in the free car park up on the escarpment while we walked back 10 miles to Wotton-under-Edge, where we had left another car so we could jump in and head back to pick up car number one. If you don’t have two cars available, public transport is good in the area – see below for more info.
Our route took us up and down valleys, past medieval settlements, over hills, through the town of Dursley, past the home of Mikael Pedersen the inventor of Dursley-Pedersen Bicycle, around the Tyndale Monument, with stunning views out to the Severn River and the Brecon Beacons in the distance, and through woodland leading onto Wotton Hill with its enclosure surrounding trees planted in 1815 to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. A fabulous day’s walk!
If you come to stay for the weekend along the Cotswold Way, you could do one long walk and then a shorter circular walk leading off the Way.
If you don’t have two cars don’t worry, there are plenty of public transport options, details are provided on the National Trails website.
Here’s how to plan your walk along the Cotswold Way
The best source of information for planning your walk along the length of the Cotswold Way, and for shorter circular walks off it, is the fabulous website by The National Trails.
The Cotswold Way passes through the following towns and villages – click a link to find a holiday cottage nearby:
- Chipping Campden
- Bishop’s Cleeve
- Cheltenham (near the Cotswold Way)
- Charlton Kings
- Stroud (close by)
- King’s Stanley
- Hawkesbury Upton
- Cold Ashton