The Cotswolds is a beautiful area that’s situated in the south central and south west of England. The area covers 800 square miles and runs across five counties; Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.
The Cotswolds is famously known for it’s defining features of golden stone and charming villages, picturesque scenery and rolling hills, making it the perfect destination for walkers. There are numerous routes ready for you to explore made up of footpaths, trails and bridleways.
And what’s more if you’re planning on bringing your four legged friend to enjoy the walks with you, there are plenty of places for you to stay that will accommodate dogs. Not only are there luxury hotels in the Cotswolds that will accept pets, but also plenty of other accommodation alternatives such as charming B&Bs, elegant country house hotels and fantastically-located campsites.
Here’s a few of our favourite walks which we hope you enjoy.
The Cotswold Way
The Cotswold Way is a National Trail and is around 100 miles long. It runs from Chipping Camden to the city of Bath and mostly follows the Cotswold escarpment which offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Rather than walking the whole trail there are various circular routes for you to enjoy. For further details visit the National Trail website: https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/cotswold-way
Woodchester Park Boathouse Walk
Woodchester Park is a tranquil wooded valley containing the remains of a 18th and 19th century park. Set within the ground is a chain of five lakes, with park Mill Pond being the last of the lakes. From an unfinished Victorian mansion to boathouses and coach houses, there is an abundance of history for you to enjoy as well as wildlife such as herons, mandarin and kingfishers. You can also include a tour around the Woodchester Mansion, visit their website for opening times and ticket prices: https://www.woodchestermansion.org.uk/
Cotswold Water Park
The Cotswold Water Park is approximately 40 square miles big and has more than 150 lakes set within it. The area spans three counties; Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Within the area there are various activities and businesses that enjoy this beautiful location such as watersports which include kayaking, canoeing and wakeboarding, as well as year round birdwatching, and cycling routes. Their website details several suggested routes for you to follow all of which have different lengths and themes. Details can be found on their website: https://www.waterpark.org
Set in the grounds of the 18th century mansion Croome Court, Croome Park has cares of woodland, parkland and historical buildings for you to see including a gatehouses, a grottoa, a church and buildings deemed as ‘eye-catchers’ as they have been purposely located in areas with the intention of making the observer view the landscape. There is also a natural play area as well as a playground, which has a RAF theme, which is bound to draw the interest of any younger members of your group. The owners, The National Trust, have restored the core of the parkland and it is open to visitors all year round. You can download maps and find out more on their website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome/