GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

The Slaughters Walk

2 miles (3 km)

This short walk between these two delightful Cotswolds villages is a favourite for visitors to the region. It follows the pretty River Eye from Lower Slaughter to Upper Slaughter. It's a special place with pretty little riverside cottages, stone footbridges, old watermills and picturesque village greens. Don't miss the wonderful 19th-centurywater millin Lower Slaughter. It has an excellent museum, craft shop and riverside tea room.
This walk follows the Warden's Way between the two villages so you could continue along this path if you would like to extend your walk. The Heart of England Way and the Macmillan Way also run past Lower Slaughter so you could pick up another path and head to the nearby Bourton on the Water. You can also follow the Macmillan Way north east to the town of Stow on the Wold.
Our 10 mile Circular Walk from Bourton through Naunton and The Slaughters will take you on a tour of the area using sections of the Windrush Way and Warden's Way long distance trails.


GL54 2HX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

The Slaughters OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

The Slaughters Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Slaughters Country Inn is a fine choice for post walk refreshment. The inn serves fine food and has a lovely outdoor area next to the river. It's a great place to relax on a summer day. You can find them in Lower Slaughter at postcode GL54 2HS for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The river trail is a fine one to do with your dog and the Slaughters Country Inn mentioned above is also very dog friendly.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Lower Slaughter , The Cotswolds - panoramio

Lower Slaughter 1. The name of the village derives form the Old English term "slough" meaning "wet land". In the settlement there is a ford where the river widens in the village and several small stone footbridges join the two sides of the community.

Lower Slaughter Cotswolds

Lower Slaughter 2

Upper Slaughter - - 5489

Upper Slaughter 1. The village is notable as being one of theThankful Villages,amongst the small number in England which lost no men inWorld War I.As it also lost no men inWorld War II, it is also known as a Doubly Thankful Village.

Upper Slaughter - - 1055545

Upper Slaughter 2

Watermill at Lower Slaughter - - 2338103

The old Watermill at Lower Slaughter. The mill dates back to the 1800s. It includes an undershotwaterwheeland a chimney for additional steam power. The mill is built of red brick but most of the 16th and 17th century homes in the village use Cotswold limestone. They are generally adorned withmullionedwindows and sometimes with other embellishments such as projecting gables.

Church at Lower Slaughter - - 2835674

Church at Lower Slaughter. The 13th centuryAnglicanparish church is Grade II listed and dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin. Much of the existing structure was built in 1867, based on plans by architect Benjamin Ferrey.

Upper Slaughter Manor - - 964924

Upper Slaughter Manor. This is the one of the best public views of this fine old manor house. Somehow the building seems to blend easily into the landscape and it would be very easily missed while driving. Well worth a walk or at least getting out of the car to admire the architecture and the beautiful Cotswold stone.
The manor is recorded in theDomesday Bookof 1086 while the Slaughter family acquired it in the late 12th century. The current building, on the site of an ancient building, was constructed over many years, starting in the Tudor era. Its crypt is estimated to be from the 14th century.

Lords of the Manor Hotel, Upper Slaughter - - 177946

Lords of the Manor Hotel, Upper Slaughter. The hotel is the largest business in the village. The building dates from 1649 and has been a hotel since 1960s, furnished with portraits and antiques belonging to the former owner.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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