Cotswold Way

  • Cotswold Way  - © wiki user Artur Koziol
  • Cotswold Way  - © flickr user Papapiper
  • Cotswold Way  - © geograph user don cload
  • Cotswold Way  - © geograph user Mike Baldwin
  • Cotswold Way at Ring Hill  - © geograph user Vincent Jones
  • Cotswold Way path  - © geograph user Vincent Jones
  • Cotswold Way sign  - © geograph John Winder
  • Cotswold Way, Hartley Hill  - © geograph user Philip Halling
  • Cotswold Way, Leckhampton Hill  - © wiki user Derek Harper
  • Haresfield Beacon on the Cotswold Way  - ©  flickr user Paul Stephenson
  • The Cotswold Way  - © geograph user Bill Boaden
  • Tyndale Monument from further along the Cotswold way.  - © flickr user James Court

Key information: Cotswold Way

    • Savour the mellow charm of one of the worlds most beautiful manmade landscapes.
      • This trail winds along the western escarpment, with magnificent views out over the Severn Valley. Superb scenery, ludicrously perfect monuments, villages and farms.
        • A Walkopedia favourite for pure delight, without having to climb thousands of feet to find it.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest14
  • Human interest14
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points3
  • Total rating87
  • Note: Neg: popular in places, occasional interruptions of modernity

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 102 miles
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Cotswold Way  - © flickr user Papapiper


This trail winds for 102 miles along the western escarpment of Britain's Cotswold hills, from the perfect market town of Chipping Campden to fabulous Roman and Georgian Bath in the south.

En route you will wallow in everything that the Cotswolds are famous for: atop, green rolling hills, drystone 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; marvelous market towns, castles, great houses and monastic and even Roman ruins; prehistoric hill forts and burial mounds; and, much of the way, the beauty of the curling escarpment, with its views across the Severn valley to the Malvern Hills and, afar, the Black Mountains.

Stay in market town hotels, village pubs or farmhouse B&Bs along the way.

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. The Cotswold Trail was promoted to one of Britain's National Trails in 2007.

See our Cotswolds page for further ideas, information and photos.

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Cotswold Way  - © geograph user Mike Baldwin

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Tyndale Monument from further along the Cotswold way.  - © flickr user James Court...

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