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Best trails in Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wiltshire, England

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Looking for a great trail in Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wiltshire? AllTrails has 181 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 104 moderate trails in Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ranging from 1.6 to 40.4 miles and from 52 to 1,118 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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The Cotswolds AONB is the largest in England and Wales and stretches from the border regions of South Warwickshire and Worcestershire, through West Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, and takes in parts of Wiltshire and of Bath and North East Somerset in the south. The terrain of The Cotswolds is extremely diverse including escarpment outliers, escarpments, rolling hills and valleys, enclosed limestone valleys, settled valleys, ironstone hills and valleys, high wolds and high wold valleys, high wold dip-slopes, dip-slope lowland and valleys, a Low limestone plateau, cornbrash lowlands, farmed slopes, a broad floodplain valley, a large pastoral lowland vale, a settled unwooded vale and an unwooded vale.

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Map of trails in Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Wiltshire, England
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503,680 acres
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Top trails (181)
#1 - Bourton on the Water to Stow on the Wold Walk
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 5 h 10 m
Beautiful walk starting with gentle climb to the highest location in the Cotswold, Stow on Water, then a fantastic level walk back to Bourton on the Water.Show more
#2 - Bath Skyline Walk
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
A good walk around Bath City with lovely views and sights to take in. It is more beneficial to follow it clockwise if you are new to this walk, as the National Trust has removed the signs directing you counter-clockwise so you could easily get lost by following the wrong path. There are lots of benches on the route to stop and have some lunch or relax and take in the views. There are some steep parts up and down on the route so good foot wear is recommended. Show more
#3 - Cleeve Hill-Winchcombe Circular Walk
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 4 h 43 m
#4 - Coln Saint Aldwyn and Bibury Circular
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 8 m
A circular walk in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. Starting in Coln Saint Aldwyn, the first half of this walk follows the pretty River Coln to Bibury, and then returns across higher fields with wide open views. This is a lovely walk through delightful countryside and two very pretty villages. It is worth allowing some extra time to explore both Coln Saint Aldwyn and Bibury. The church in Coln Saint Aldwyn contains a display of the village's history and the Williamstrip Estate which owns much of the surrounding land. There are a couple of short sharp ascents and descents on the walk but otherwise it is very easy going. There is one low step-over stone slab stile, no other stiles but quite a few gates. The walk goes through mixed farmland and you may encounter sheep and cattle. Allow 3.5 hours. For refreshments, there is a pub and community-owned village stores, post office and cafe in Coln Saint Aldwyn. There are several pubs and teashops in Bibury.Show more
#5 - Castle Combe and Nettleton Mill Walk
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Please be mindful and considerate when hiking this trail as parts of it border a golf course and are considered private property. This circular route beginning from the idyllic village of Castle Combe in the Cotswold is particularly picturesque, taking you through a beautiful parkland golf course before joining a beautiful stream-side path that leads you past the former buildings of Nettleton Mill and then crosses an ancient clapper bridge. On the return leg, you will pass through stunning sections of beech woodland, swimming with wild garlic in the spring months, before enjoying the centre of Castle Combe with its stone cottages, market cross and church (and the mandatory Cotswold tourists!). The route has several long and steady climbs and descents throughout, although no sections are very steep. Some sections of the woodland paths can get muddy and slippery and some other short sections of the route follow narrow paths that can be overgrown in the summer months (so long trousers and boots are a must). You will need to negotiate a few footbridges, some steps, gates and kissing gates plus one stile (that has a large gap alongside that should be easy for most dogs to pass through). There is no livestock on route. There is a total of about 1200 metres walking along the edge of quiet country lanes, so take care of traffic on these stretches. The first section crosses a golf course, so watch out for any stray flying golf balls and show respect for the golfers by allowing them to play their shots before you cross. There are public toilets in the village centre, towards the end of the walk. Allow 2 hours. Show more
#6 - Cotswolds and Burford Circular
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
A circular walk of just over 6 miles from the classic Cotswold town of Burford in Oxfordshire. Take in the beautiful mellow stone buildings of the medieval town, savour the peace of rural farmland and then enjoy a lovely stretch along the banks of the River Windrush for the return leg. The walk is relatively flat, with just a few gentle gradients. The paths are mostly unmade and can get quite muddy after periods of rain and in the winter months. You will need to negotiate 5 stiles, some steps, several kissing gates and one cattle grid. The stiles all have adjacent dog gates or open fencing surrounds that should be suitable for most dogs. There is also some open fencing to the side of the cattle grid that dogs can slip through (although humans will have to pick their way over the grid!). The meadows alongside the river are sometimes used for grazing so take care with dogs. There are public toilets in the car park at the start of the walk. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours. Show more
#7 - Stanton, Snowshill, and Stanway Circular
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
This circular route begins at The Mount Inn in Stanton, a fantastic beer garden with great views of the Malvern Hills and Black Welsh Mountains. It makes for a good ending point once this loop is completed. Begin by walking east to Snowshill, where you can visit the manor and garden. Continue southwest along the route to the town of Stanway before turning right to head back to The Mount Inn for some well-earned refreshments. Show more
#8 - Painswick Beacon Walk
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
This circular walk from the picturesque Cotswold town of Painswick in Gloucestershire, taking in the vantage point of Painswick Beacon from which there are magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Built of mellow Cotswold stone from the local quarry on Painswick Beacon, the historic wool town of Painswick has many beautiful buildings that can be seen as you wander around its quaint and narrow streets. The walk is hilly and there are several kissing gates and stiles to negotiate. The route follows field paths, tracks and lanes. Allow 2.5 hours. Show more
#9 - Kelston Loop
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
#10 - River Windrush and The Slaughters
Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 41 m
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