Cotswold Edge Walks
A selection of walks climbing the scarp
The edge of the Cotswolds, over 50 miles long, sets the scene for some beautiful walks.
Honey coloured cliffs, Cotswold towns and villages combine with views stretching into the far distance. Hints of civilisation are also cast in the landcape from Neolithic to Roman, Medieval and more recent history.
If you like the sound of one of these walks, click on it to get more detailed, printable walk instructions.
This truly uplifting walk reaches a crescendo at the mysterious Devils Chimney. No one really knows how this feature was made but there is no doubt it stands in a fantastic position looking out over the Severn Valley. A short walk but many view point opportunities.
Length: 3 miles     Climb: 630ft
Cleeve Hill is one of the jewels along the Cotswold edge. Thousands of years of history are etched in to the landscape and, from the highest point in the Cotswolds, you will be treated to a spectacular view stretching for over 70 miles towards the Welsh Black Mountains.
Length: 5 miles     Climb: 794ft
Medieval history is stamped in the landscape thoughout this walk. Pass Sudeley Castle and the ruins of Hailes Abbey. Walk along the ancient Salt Road and explore the streets of Winchcombe. Mostly valley walking with views of the surrounding hills but some distant views along the way.
7 miles     Climb: 315ft
Sumptuous and picturesque Broadway sets the scene for this beautiful Cotswold walk. From Broadway Tower, the second highest point in the Cotswolds, you will find unparalleled views over the Vale of Evesham. Returning along Broadway's long street of period cottages, it will be difficult not to fall in love with this place.
4 miles     Climb: 731ft
This walk starts in the pretty village of Stanton, snaking through Stanway before heading uphill. Be sure to listen out for an audible curiosity as you climb through Lidcombe wood. Later on, views come and go as you descend from Shenberrow Hill. There are unmissable views from the pub garden at the end of your walk too.
4 miles     Climb: 214ft
These walks have been carefully designed to include several key elements which, together produce walks with ambience and interest.
The spectacular views available along the Cotswolds edge are one obvious ingredient but well-kept farmland, interesting architecture and something different around every corner are just as important to create a walk with a good "feel".
We hope each walk will leaving you wanting more.
The description for each Cotswold Edge Walk shows how high you will climb.
These walks will help your cardiovascular fitness as most of the walks have a steep climb. However each walk has a gentle start to get you warmed up.
Take care to pace yourself on your climb. The more stops you have, the more chance you will have for appreciating the emerging views behind you.
All the walks except Devils Chimney have pubs or restaurants along the way (or at the start).
Don't forget to take a bottle of water with you as it is easy to underestimate how much you will lose during the ascent stages (especially on a hot day).
A snack two in your backpack will also go down well as you relax on a well-placed bench. Your friends (or dog) will appreciate you even more if you take something to share!