The Cotswolds is the country’s largest designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and is an idyllic place for walking. With a vast array of picturesque villages to visit and plenty of tea rooms and coffee shops to stop at, you can’t help but love its English charm. To celebrate the beauty of the Cotswolds during the autumn season, we’ve selected 5 must-try walks for you to explore.
The Cotswold Way National Trail
If you want a trail with all round stunning views, perfect for autumn, this is the route for you. At over 100 miles long, the Cotswold Way National Trail winds through many beautiful villages including Snowshill, Cranham and Painswick. The trail includes different levels of difficulty and fitness making it ideal for all walkers. Whether you want to walk 2 miles or 22 miles, this trail offers you the chance to see some of England’s most beautiful countryside.
Bourton-on-the-Water is regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England and is known for its peaceful walking routes. Clear sparkling water and attractive low bridges crossing the river create a charming scene, especially when the autumn leaves appear. And after your walk, it’s not too hard to find the perfect pub, shop or tea room to finish off your exploring.
Cotswolds Mystery Tour
If you’re after an experience you’ll never forget, then look no further than the Cotswold Mystery Tour. Adventure into a 6 hour day trip touring around hidden North Cotswold villages, getting a true vision of the unspoilt peaceful views of elegant dreamy thatched cottages. You’ll experience a unique and memorable day getting a personal touch from the tour guides as they take you around in their 7-seater luxury minibus; perfect for families and groups. You’ll see hidden gems of historical buildings, areas of the Cotswolds that you never knew existed, and even a detour that is inaccessible to the public. It’s a mystery tour you won’t forget.
Tetbury Walks & Westonbirt National Arboretum
Tetbury is famous for its royal connections, the most famous being the Prince of Wales and his nearby Highgrove home. Close to Tetbury is Westonbirt National Arboretum, renowned for its spectacular autumn colours. The arboretum is a wonderful place to explore all year round and offers 17 miles of pathways through the Old Arboretum and Silk Wood. The walk to Westonbirt Arboretum is approx 5.5 miles from Tetbury. You can even enjoy a circular walk through country lanes, park and farmlands, skirting the Highgrove estate to the Hare & Hounds hotel.
Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking
Winchcombe is often referred to as the walking capital of the Cotswolds and was the first town in the Cotswolds to gain Walkers are Welcome status in 2009. This charming and stylish town is home to 23 ideal walks; ranging from 3 miles to 14 miles. Different themes include; metalwork, spring flowers and sunset walks. All of these walks are led by local knowledgeable guides ready to answer all of your questions. Winchcombe endeavours to remain an attractive destination for walkers, with top quality information on local walks. Footpaths and facilities for walkers are well maintained, improved and signposted, offering some of the best footpaths in the Cotswolds.
When preparing for your autumn walk, you definitely need the right clothing. So we’ve picked out some essential items for those chilly autumnal strolls.
Our gorgeous silver puffer is the perfect coat for keeping you wrapped up and protected from the wind when you’re out and about.
You can’t really have a good walk without a hot drink to take along. This Corkcicle tumbler is the perfect walking companion.
If your choice of footwear is a pair of wellies then you’ll need the perfect socks to go underneath; our woodland-animal themed wellie socks will keep your feet nice and toasty in the leaves.
For a great looking pair of gloves to keep those hands nice and warm, pick up a pair of our lovely warm gloves.
Vinegar Hill also has a beautiful selection of heavy scarves to keep you warm this autumn.