Skip to content
Shopping for Christmas gifts? Click here for our last order dates
Shopping for Christmas gifts? Click here for our last order dates
Sleepy villages, market towns, wildlife meadows and shaded woodland

The Cotswold Way

Robin Hood's Bay - Cleveland Way National Trail

What is the Cotswold Way?

The Cotswold Way is a 102 mile (164Km) long National Trail running between the market town of Chipping Campden and the city of Bath. For most of its length it follows the Cotswold escarpment giving wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. It is waymarked with the distinctive National Trail acorn symbol.


You don't have to complete this National Trail in one go to enjoy the best it has to offer. It is possible to break the National Trail up into sections. 


The Cotswold Way has existed as a promoted long distance walk for over 30 years but was formally launched as a National Trail in May 2007.


The National Trail runs mostly on the Cotswold escarpment. It passes through many picturesque villages and close to a significant number of historic sites, including the Roman heritage at Bath, the Neolithic burial chamber at Belas Knap, Sudeley Castle, near Winchcombe, Hailes Abbey. However, what is so unique about the Cotswold Way is its variety and diversity . One minute you will be in wildflower meadows, the next in shaded beech woodlands rich with the colour of bluebells and the scent of wild garlic. You could breakfast in a sleepy little village, lunch in a thriving market town like Winchcombe and eat dinner under the stars finally arriving at the beautiful city of Bath – no two days on the Cotswold Way will be the same!

How long does it take to walk the Cotswold Way end to end?

The official guidebook suggests a seven to ten day trip. You make want to take a little longer if you want to see more of the sites along the way.

How hard is the Cotswold Way?

Anyone who is reasonably fit can walk the Cotswold Way, although many walkers are surprised at the frequency of steep climbs.

Which direction should I walk the Cotswold Way in?

There is no right or wrong way to walk the trail – people walk it in both directions. The Aurum and Trailblazer guidebooks cover the trail from north (Chipping Campden) to south (Bath) whilst the Cicerone book includes route descriptions in both directions. 

If you are planning to use public transport to get to the start and finish of the Trail you may wish to start in Chipping Camden and end in Bath where there are more transport options.

Who can enjoy the Cotswold Way National Trail?

The Cotswold Way is a long-distance National Trail primarily designed for walkers, although some short sections can be ridden or cycled, these sections are fragmented.

Taking your dog on the Cotswold Way

You are welcome to walk your dog on the Cotswold Way National Trail, but make sure that it is on a lead or under close control, taking extra care when you are walking close to grazing livestock. If you see a sign asking you to keep your dog on the lead, please respect this. If you are booking accommodation along the Trail and intend to take your dog, please make sure that the accommodation provider is happy for you to bring your dog.  

What is the best time of year to walk on the Cotswold Way?

The Cotswold Way can be walked right through the year. However, if you’re looking for clear views from the escarpment, then winter may be for you; whereas late Spring / early Summer are the best times to see the woodland and grasslands in all their glory.

Can I buy Cotswold Way merchandise?

We sell a range of Cotswold Way merchandise including sew on badges, enamel badges, mugs and other merchandise. 

Can I buy a Cotswolds Way National Trail completion certificate?

Yes, our personalised Cotwold Way certificate is a great momento for anyone that has completed the National Trail 

Guidebooks for the Cotswold Way

Cotswold Way Cotswold Way loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 507): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view
Walking the Cotswold Way Walking the Cotswold Way loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 507): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view
Cotswold Way: Chipping Campden to Bath - Trailblazer Cotswold Way: Chipping Campden to Bath - Trailblazer loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 507): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view

Maps for the Cotswold Way

Cotswold Way A-Z Adventure Atlas Cotswold Way A-Z Adventure Atlas loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 728): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view
Cotswold Way Harvey map Cotswold Way Harvey map loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 728): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view
Cotswold Way Zigzag map - Chipping Campden to The Devil's Chimney Cotswold Way Zigzag map - Chipping Campden to The Devil's Chimney loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 728): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view
Cotswold Way Zigzag map - The Devil's Chimney to Dursley Cotswold Way Zigzag map - The Devil's Chimney to Dursley loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 728): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view

Cotswold Way Merchandise

Cotswold Way enamel badge Cotswold Way enamel badge loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 949): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view
Cleveland Way 'contours' T-Shirt Cleveland Way 'contours' T-Shirt loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 949): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view
Cotswold Way Keyring Cotswold Way Keyring loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 949): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view
National Trail Mug National Trail Mug loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 949): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view
National Trail sew-on woven badge National Trail sew-on woven badge loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 949): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view
National Trail Completion Certificate National Trail Completion Certificate loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 949): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view
National Trail souvenir signs National Trail souvenir signs loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 949): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view
Mini National Trail Fingerpost Mini National Trail Fingerpost loading
Sold out -Liquid error (sections/layouthub-6183cdd2890d803c31428db2.liquid line 949): divided by 0%
Wishlist
Quick view

Map of the the Cotswold Way

What are National Trails?

National Trails offer some of the best long-distance walking, riding and cycling experiences in England and Wales, officially supported by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. All of the National Trails are within easy reach of buses, trains and the services of nearby towns and villages. In fact nowhere in England or Wales is more than 50 miles / 80km from a National Trail. Each National Trail has dedicated staff, often working with local volunteers, to look after the physical condition of the Trail, keeping paths, gates, stiles and signs in the best condition.

Which trails are National Trails?

The National Trails are: 
  • Cleveland Way
  • Cotswold Way
  • England Coast Path
  • Glyndwr’s Way
  • Hadrian’s Wall Path
  • Norfolk Coast Path and Peddars Way
  • North Downs Way
  • Offa’s Dyke Path
  • Pembrokeshire Coast Path
  • Pennine Bridleway
  • Pennine Way
  • The Ridgeway
  • South Downs Way
  • South West Coast Path
  • Thames Path
  • Yorkshire Wolds Way 

The Coast to Coast is not currently a National Trail but will become one in the next couple of years.

Are there National Trails in Scotland?

In Scotland long-distance routes are called Scotland's Great Trails. There are 29 routes, at least 25 miles in length providing over 1,900 miles of well managed paths from the Borders to the Highlands. Each is distinctively waymarked, largely off road and has a range of visitor services and are are suitable for multi-day outings as well as day trips.


Scotland's Great Trails are:


  • Annandale Way
  • Arran Coastal Way
  • Ayrshire Coastal Path
  • Berwickshire Coastal Path
  • Borders Abbeys Way
  • Cateran Trail
  • Clyde Walkway
  • Cross Borders Drove Road
  • Dava Way
  • Fife Coastal Path
  • Formartine and Buchan Way
  • Forth & Clyde/Union Canal Towpath
  • Great Glen Canoe Trail
  • Great Glen Way
  • Great Trossachs Path
  • John Muir Way
  • Kintyre Way
  • Loch Lomond & Cowal Way
  • Moray Coast Trail
  • Mull of Galloway Trail
  • River Ayr Way
  • Rob Roy Way
  • Romans and Reivers Route
  • Southern Upland Way
  • Speyside Way
  • St Cuthbert’s Way
  • Three Lochs Way
  • West Highland Way
  • West Island Way