Key information: Diamond Way
- The Diamond Way is a delightful circuit through some of the northern Cotswolds’ finest landscapes.
- En route you will wallow in everything that the Cotswolds are famous for: rolling hills, dry stone walls, wide views, deep, steep valleys containing ludicrously perfect villages.
- Walkopedia rating89
- Natural interest13
- Human interest14
- Negative points0
- Total rating89
- Length: 60 miles/4-5 days
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
The Diamond Way is a delightful circuit through some of the northern Cotswolds’ finest landscapes. It is 60 miles long, and roughly diamond-shaped, in commemoration of the Ramblers’ Association’s 60th birthday, for which the route was established. One of its advantages is that it is a circuit, so you get back to your transport.
En route you will wallow in everything that the Cotswolds are famous for: atop, rolling hills, dry stone walls, fine stands of trees and wide views; deep, steep valleys containing ludicrously perfect villages nestled around an ancient church; grassland and the sheep that were the root of the hill-land’s prosperity for much of the way; sleepy golden farmsteads; marvellous market towns and wool churches, fine houses and prehistoric hill forts and burial mounds. Stay in market town hotels, village pubs or farmhouse B&Bs along the way.
Winding through the heart of the Cotswolds, the Way does not have the huge views across the Severn valley of the Cotswold Way, but it is probably more representative of this gorgeous area.
The Way is officially structured in 60 stages from Moreton-in-Marsh; this makes good sense, as it has good rail and bus connections, but you could start anywhere. Most walkers would want to do it in 5 days (and there is good accommodation to fit this), but the fit and keen could manage 4, although they would have to plan where to stay carefully.
A “regular” circuit would be:
Moreton to Chipping Campden
Chipping Campden to Ford
Ford to Northleach
North Leach to Nether Westcote or Bledington
Back to Moreton
While a walk along the whole route would be hugely rewarding, any section would make a wondrous day walk – and you can usually create a circular walk to get you back to your start point.
Some info here: https://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?menu_type=S&path_name=Diamond+Way+%28North+Cotswold%29
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