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Countryside & Villages around Bourton-on-the-Water – Monday 2nd April - Strenuous

This circular walk goes cross-country to the villages of Clapton-on-the-Hill, Farmington and Cold Aston. The walk returns along the Windrush river. 6 hours: 11 miles.
Start:  9.30 am Bourton-on-the-Water War Memorial. OS Map ref SP 170 211.

A Walk Through History – Thursday 5th April - Moderate

A moderate walk from Stretton-on-Fosse to Paxford, Ebrington and Compton Scorpion, with far reaching views. Please bring a packed lunch. 5 hours: 10 miles.

Start:  10.00 am Outside Plough Inn, Stretton-on-the-Fosse. Park on roadside. OS Map ref SP 220 385.

Spring on the Overbury Estate – Tuesday 10th April - Moderate

A varied walk starting from Overbury village, climbing up Bredon Hill through the estate and parkland with good views. We will learn some of the history of the family estate and a Gothic castle built by a 17th century pirate. 3 hours: 5.5 miles.

Start:  10.00am St Faith’s Church, Overbury. Park on road near church. OS Map ref SO 957 374.

Windrush and Wardens Way Circular – Walk 2 – Thursday 12th April - Moderate

A series of four circular walks encompassing the Windrush and Wardens Ways. This walk takes us out on the Wardens Way through Guiting Wood, returning on the Windrush Way via the medieval village of Hawling. Bring a packed lunch. 4.5 hours: 8 miles.

Start:  10.00 am Guiting Power village hall car park (donation). OS Map ref SP 095 246.

The Solicitor and the Sexton – Saturday 14th April - Moderate

The English novelist, Algernon Gissing, an erstwhile solicitor, wrote one of the first walking guides for the Cotswolds. His unlikely friendship with William Smith was the cornerstone of his writing. The walk centres on Saintbury and the surrounding area. Bring packed lunch. 5.5 hours: 10 miles.

Start:  9.30 am Chipping Campden, the Market Hall. OS Map ref SP 151 392.

Early Birds – Friday 20th April - Easy

A circular walk from Temple Guiting to Guiting Power. Fairly level walking, 3 short hills and one stile. Likely to be muddy. We hope to see a range of common farmland birds and early summer visitors. Binoculars would be useful. 3.5 hours: 7miles.

Start:  10.00 am St Mary’s Church Temple Guiting. Park at the village hall. OS Map ref SP 090 279.

Passion and Politics – Saturday 28th April - Moderate

The walk focuses on Bourton-on-the-Hill, its manor house and church, and delves into the life of one of its former inhabitants. Bring packed lunch and refreshments. 5.5 hours: 10 miles.

Start:  9.30 am Longborough, near bus shelter. Park carefully in village. OS Map ref SP 179 296.

PLEASE use appropriate footwear as some walks may be steep and muddy in places.  EASY - Length may vary but terrain is mainly flat (level); MODERATE - includes some hills and rough ground. STRENUOUS – may be rough underfoot and ascents and descents may be steep. We welcome guide and hearing dogs - sorry, others not allowed.

Walks are free although we do invite donations to help fund our conservation and improvement work.

The Wardens run a full programme of guided walks throughout the Cotswolds.  For more information see www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk or Tel: 01451 862000, also for any changes to arrangements such as due to extreme weather.

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