The Cotswold Way’s 50th Anniversary

The Cotswold Way turned 50 in May 2020…  It was set up through the efforts of Tony Drake and Cyril Trenfield of the Ramblers, and the fledgling Cotswold Wardens, and was officially opened on 17th May 1970.  The day was marked by a number of Ramblers groups walking the whole length of the path.  It became the fourth long distance path in the country.

The CWA and the Cotswold Conservation Board planned to mark the Cotswold Way’s 50th Anniversary with a number of celebratory events but of course Covid-19 put paid to these.  Similarly our plans to celebrate the end of the 50th year in 2021 have also collapsed, so we are now looking at holding events in the week of 13th to 19th September 2021 to mark the occasion.

To mark the 50th Anniversary we decided to prepare a list “50 Things to See and Do on the Cotswold Way”, we hope you enjoy it…

Despite the current restrictions, you can still appreciate some of the scenery along the Cotswold Way from your armchair through the Cotswold Way Street View

The beauty of one of the best walking routes in the UK comes at a cost, so we have also planned a major fundraising campaign. The pandemic has meant that many more walkers have been using the trail causing significant damage to the surface of the trail. This is especially true at pinch-points such as stiles and kissing gates. Repairing a single gate area can cost £75 in materials alone, and the Cotswold Way has several hundred of them!  Repairing landslips and extremely muddy sections can cost thousands. 

How you can help …

  • Plan a fundraising event on the Cotswold Way for 2021
  • Join the Cotswold Way Association by clicking HERE
  • Make a donation through our Virgin Money Giving Cotswold Way 50th Anniversary Appeal campaign page which is being used to streamline the fundraising effort – just click below …

Ways to show support

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