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Spring Cotswold Hotels Guided Walks with the AONB

Cotswolds Finest HotelsIf you plan a stay at one of our Cotswold hotels this Spring or Summer - and if you love social walking - we recommend joining in with one of the many guided walks across the area.

You can pick up details from the AONB website, or their magazine (The Cotswold Lion) or Cotswold hotels can advise.

Here are six of the intriguing themed walks that you can follow:


  1. Sherston and Easton Grey: Roman camps and the story of an ancient battle are the focus of this walk which leads through the south Cotswolds near Malmesbury.
  2. Burford. This walk leads out of the famous town to quiet, almost unknown villages such as Fulbrook and Astall. Highlights are slow flowing riverside paths and the chance to see Spring flowers.
  3. Spring on the Overbury Estate. Spectacular view and the story of a Gothic castle built by a pirate. The Cotswolds has so many surprises!
  4. The Solicitor and The Sexton. Algernon Gissing, a solicitor and novelist drew on an unlikely friendship with a Sexton, William Smith. His writing drew heaviluy on their conversations.
  5. The Charlbury Circle line. Walk through a Nature Reserve to Ditchley Park, a country house in a wooded estate. Return via the ancient Saltway.
  6. Cranham and Buckholt Woods. Paradise for woodland flower lovers.

All walks are three hours or so, perfect for a half day from Cotswold hotels.

Summer Cotswold Hotels Guided Walks with the AONB.

Cotswolds Finest HotelsCotswold Hotels are a delight in summer and, naturally, this is a great time of year for wild flowers. Guided walks are thoroughly recommended as a way of finding lesser-know, out of the way places. More details from the AONB’s own website, or The Cotswold Lion magazine. Good Cotswold hotels can also advise you. Here are five of the best.

All walks are three hours or so, perfect for a half day from Cotswold hotels.

  1. Haymaking and Merrymaking. This walk explores Bledington, a typical Cotswold village with a green, Maypole, school, church and a rather good pub. The stream running through the village is home to various ducks.
  2. Flower Foray around Cleeve Common. This walk leads around Cleeve Common, a popular spot near Cheltenham. It’s in late June, so hope to see wild flowers and butterflies as you explore the area.
  3. A Remote and Beautiful Valley. Not many locals know about Hinchwick, near Moreton in Marsh. ‘Remote’ is the word and unspoiled is another.
  4. Edging Along. Explore the historic site of the battle of Edgehill. when Parliamentarians battled with the King’s Men in 1642. Intended to be one great battle to end the English Civil - the outcome being more in the nature of a bloody draw.
  5. Windrush and Wardens Way circular walk. Takes in four Cotswold villages, leaving from Bourton on the Water.
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