The Cotswold Way National Trail is a scenic, undulating route
through quiet Cotswold countryside following the ridge through
the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) via the
villages of Broadway, Winchcombe,
Dursley and Wotton-under-Edge.
An attractive and popular trail that offers beautiful rural surroundings
with facilities and services always near to hand.
The low limestone hills and agricultural valleys should cause
no problems for anyone who is reasonably fit, but there are a few
steep slopes, rising to the highest point at Cleeve Hill (highest
in the whole of the Cotswolds) near Winchcombe (330m/1,083ft).
Some paths can be muddy or hazardous in winter and boots are recommended.
The Cotswold Way together with the Cross-Cotswold Pathway and
Cotswold Link, forms part of the Cotswold Round, a a 331km/207-mile
circuit of the Cotswolds.
The Cotswold Way Trail walk is claimed to be the best marked
trail in England.
Update. In some locations the Cotswold Way is being diverted
from its old route along new and improved paths. Where this occurs,
the old path will remain open but will no longer be signed as the
Cotswolds Public Transport
Rail. Bath, Stroud, Cheltenham, Moreton-in-Marsh and
Evesham are on the Great Western main lines from London Paddington,
and Statford-upon-Avon has a service to Birmingham. The Birmingham
to Bristol line runs parallel to the Way with stations at Ashchurch,
Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cam and Dursley.
Coaches serve Bath, Cheltenham and Broadway, and pass
within 5km/3 miles of Chipping Campden.
Bus. There are bus services to numerous points along
the Way including Cold Ashton, Tormarton, Hawkesbury Upton, Wotton-under-Edge,
Dursley, King's Stanley, Painswick, Birdup, Leckhampton, Cleeve
Hill, Winchcombe, Wood Stanway, Broadway and Chipping Campden
(buses to Cheltenham, not Sundays). Few of these services
run on Sundays.
For detailed map of the Cotswolds National Trail Walk -
Cotswolds Way National Trail now twinned with Jeju Olle Trail in South Korea
The Cotswold Way has been twinned with a scenic coastal walk in South Korea, to become one of the world’s first ‘friendship trails’. The initiative will see the 102-mile Cotswold Way Walk twinned to the Jeju Olle Trail, a new and beautiful long distance walking route around the coast of Jeju Island in South Korea.
The link-up is a result of the World Trails conference on the island in 2010, attended by Cotswold Way representatives and hosted by representatives of the Jeju Olle Foundation. The new ‘twinned trails’ will be similar to the twin towns scheme, and it is hoped that the idea will spread across the world, promoting understanding and walking, whilst boosting tourism and local economies.
To denote the association, a short circular walk following the Cotswold Way around Stinchcombe Hill near Dursley will be signed with special markers, introducing people to one of the most scenic parts of the Cotswolds Way walk, whilst raising awareness of walking in other countries.
A section of Jeju Olle Walk will be marked with the familiar oak sign posts(as seen along the Cotswold Way), inviting visitors to the island to come walking in England.