Breathtaking Walks In The Cotswolds

13 Mar 2017

Spring is definitely in the air and what better way to enjoy the milder weather and stunning snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses that are popping up everywhere, than with a walk in the Cotswolds? We are biased of course, but we think we are surrounded by some of the most stunning countryside in the UK. So, if you’re thinking of heading off for a Spring walk, why not read on to discover our recommendations for the 5 most breathtaking walks in the Cotswolds?

1 The Windrush Way

This stunning walk starts in our very own home of Bourton-on-the-Water and ends at historic Winchcombe. The path follows the meandering River Windrush to nearby Naunton, and from there leads through Hawling and on to Winchcombe, famous as being the home of Sudeley Castle with its award winning gardens and picturesque chapel. The village has many charming independent shops, restaurants and tearooms to discover, making this a great end point for a hearty walk.

2 The Cotswold Way

If you’re looking for a long distance walk, it’s hard to beat The Cotswold Way with just over 100 miles of stunning paths that give uninterrupted views of the Cotswold escarpment, passing through picture perfect villages and past famous ancient sites.

The trail starts in Chipping Campden outside its famous Market Hall and traverses 102 miles to the steps of Bath Abbey. You’ll take in the sights of dry stone walls, Cotswold stone cottages and beautiful views of the Severn Vale.

The Cotswold Way can be walked in 6 days if you’re prepared to set a challenging pace, but for those looking for a more relaxed experience, break your journey more frequently and aim to complete the entire walk over 10-12 days.

3 The Blossom Trail

This trail is at its prettiest during Spring when the trees that line the trail are adorned with gorgeous white and pink blossom. However, these are routes that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Taking in the beautiful Vale of Evesham, the Blossom Trail walks are made up of three different walking routes that are designed to give you the best views of the surrounding countryside. Signposted throughout, you can also purchase maps from all local tourist offices for peace of mind. Villages along the trail include Bretforton, Badsey and Wickhamford.

4 The Diamond Way

So named due to its rough diamond shape, this walk covers 65 miles taking in many small villages and sticking to quiet footpaths. This route was created by North Cotswold Ramblers Group to celebrate its 60th Jubilee in 1995.

The four points of the diamond are Chipping Campden in the north, Bourton-on-the-Water in the east, Northleach in the south, and Guiting Power in the west.

5 The Winchcombe Way

This looped figure of eight trail begins and ends in historic Winchcombe and covers 42 miles of surrounding countryside. As well as taking in the local valleys and villages, this trail skirts around Dumbleton Hill and up onto Cleeve Common which is known for its rare plants and stunning, panoramic views.

There is also sight of the spectacular Stanway House and restored watermill as well as Hailes Abbey with more gorgeous views from Langley Hill. As the trail reaches its end, the descent into Winchcombe gives a fine view of Sudeley Castle and its gardens.

Why not combine your Cotswolds walk with a visit to our perfumery in Bourton-on-the-Water? The Cotswold Perfumery is home to a broad range of gorgeous gifts and our full range of bespoke fragrances. To find out more, call us on 01451 820 698.

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