GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Cotswold Way

102 miles (164 km)

This trail takes you through some of the most beautiful countryside in England.
It runs for just over 100 miles from Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire to the historic city of Bath in Somerset.
As well as proffering wonderful views of the Cotswold Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, you can also see the River Severn, the Black Mountains of Wales and the Forest of Dean from the route.
You will pass through or near a series of attractive market towns such as Chipping Sodbury, Wooton-under-Edge, Stroud and Cheltenham before arriving at the splendid Roman city of Bath at the end of the trail.
Highlights on the route include the lovely National Trust owned Woodchester Park and the magnificent Sudeley Castle.
You'll also visit the highest point in the Cotswolds at Cleeve Hill where you will also find the fascinating Belas Knap chambered long barrow.

Cotswold Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

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Along the Mile Drive near Chipping Camden

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Poppies on the path approaching Stanton

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Crickley Hill Country Park

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William Tynedale Monument

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Dyrham House and Park

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Countryside approaching Bath

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Pulteney Bridge in Bath

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Route Highlights

Chipping Campden

This lovely market town is a splendid start point for the trail with it's attractive Cotswold stone high street and 17th century Market Arch (right).

Dyrham Park

With its deer park and baroque mansion the 17th century, National Trust owned Dyrham Park is well worth stopping for.

Stroud

Conveniently located near the trail the town of Stroud makes an ideal overnight stop.

Tyndale Monument

Built in 1866 in honour of William Tyndale who translated the new testament, the tower can be climbed for a small fee.

City of Bath

With it's Roman Baths and fine architecture, the city of Bath marks the end of the trail.

Broadway Tower

Located at the second highest point on the Cotswold escarpment the Saxon Broadway Tower, is a must see on the trail. Enter the tower for exhibitions about the tower's history and some fabulous views of the surrounding area.

Sudeley Castle

Dating from the 15th century, Sudeley Castle with its beautiful, award winning gardens and lovely chapel, is a real highlight on the trail.

Hailes Abbey

Stop here to explore the National Trust owned Hailes Abbey with its 13th century ruins and excellent museum.

Stanway House

This splendid Jacobean manor house is right on the trail and open to the public. There are also beautiful gardens and a 300ft high fountain which is the tallest gravity fountain in the world.

Cleeve Hill

Highest point both in the Cotswolds and in the county of Gloucestershire, at 1,083feet (330m). Includes the lovely Cleeve Common where there is an abundance of wildlife including roe deer.

Dowdeswell Reservoir

There's plenty of wildlife to enjoy at this picturesque reservoir in Gloucestershire. Birds include Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Little Grebe and Great Crested Grebes. The nearby Dowdeswell Wood makes a lovely backdrop.

Devil's Chimney

Situated in Leckhampton, this unusual limestone rock formation is shaped like a crooked chimney. Legend holds that the Devil's Chimney is the chimney of the Devil's dwelling deep beneath the ground. Visitors to the Devil's Chimney would leave a coin on top of the rock as payment to the Devil in exchange for his staying in his underground home.

Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling

This annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday involves locals chasing a large round cheese down a near-vertical grass slope

Coaley Peak

Super picnic site and viewpoint with views over the Severn Vale and the Forest of Dean.

Cam Long Down

This humpbacked ridge of oolitic limestone makes a great viewpoint

Dursley

The trail passes right through this pretty market town that sits on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment at the point where it drops off towards the Severn Vale and the River Severn. The town is surrounded by beautiful woodland and countryside and has plenty of amenities and accommodation

Wotton-under-Edge

The trail passes through this market town which is surrounded by some typically beautiful rolling Cotswold countryside.

Somerset Monument

Located near Hawkesbury this monument was erected in 1846 to commemorate General Lord Edward Somerset, who had served with distinction at Waterloo.

Horton Court

Stone-built manor house Owned by the National Trust

Belas Knap

Fascinating neolithic,chambered long barrow, situated on Cleeve Hill.

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GPS Files

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