This hugely popular trail offers beautiful rural surroundings with the convenience of facilities and services which are never far away. It runs between the town of Chipping Campden in the north and the city of Bath in the south.
It probably would not exist as it does today were it not for local Ramblers members who worked tirelessly for it to be recognised as a national trail back in the 1950s. Its special status was approved by the government in 1998 and it formally become a National Trail in 2007.
The trail follows a ridge through the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) through the villages of Broadway, Winchcombe, Dursley and Wotton-under-Edge. The low limestone hills and valleys will be no problem for those who are reasonably fit but there are a few steep slopes, rising to the highest point at Cleeve Common near Cheltenham (325m/1,066ft).
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Did you know the Cotswold Way takes an average of seven days to complete?
Ramblers volunteer Tony Drake co-developed the Cotswold Way in the 1960s.
The Gloucestershire Ramblers have produced a comprehensive handbook for the trail containing suggested walking schedules and detailed information on travel, accommodation and places of interest.