The Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way is 102 miles long, with over ninety percent within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The trail follows the Cotswold escarpment and gives wonderful views of the surrounding landscape.

It passes through many picturesque villages and also through, or close to, many historic sites and monuments.

It is estimated that over 210,000 people use the trail every year from all over the world. With the amount of usage the trail needs constant attention. Therefore Voluntary Cotswold Way Wardens patrol the whole trail on a monthly basis checking on its condition.

For information about walking the trail and accommodation please visit: www.nationaltrail.







The Cotswold Way was set up in the 1970’s through the hard work of Tony Drake and Cyril Trenfield. The Cotswold Voluntary Wardens kindly helped the Ramblers by carrying out the installation of the Tony Drake Memorial in readiness for the Memorial Event organised by Tony’s Executors and the Ramblers to commemorate his life and his major involvement in the creation of the Cotswold Way.


Guided walks

The Cotswold Way: Walk with the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

Would you like to:

  • walk the Cotswold Way with other like minded people? cotswold-way-walkers
  • avoid the expense of accommodation? 
  • walk with a knowledgeable guide? 
  • have transport provided?

To walk from Bath to Chipping Campden. Meet on the first Wednesday from May to February in Winchcombe. Coach to/from start point.

If you are interested in walking the Cotswold Way with the North District wardens (first Wednesday of every month, starting May and ending March the following year) the contact until May 2017 is Mary Hamilton, email Thereafter please contact Linda Blackwell, email  lblackwell58@icloud.comThere are 24 places available.

To walk from Chipping Campden to Bath. Meet on the first Saturday of the month from May to February and there are 23 places available. The meeting place is Cold Ashton Village Hall car park (not Cold Aston). Contact details are 0117 937 4561 or



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