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Nestled in the heart of the stunning Cotswolds, the town of Winchcombe is an ideal base for your hiking adventures. Walks around Winchcombe take you along pretty rivers, onto verdant rolling hills and to sites of historical intrigue. Some of England’s finest quintessential countryside awaits.

There are so many options when it comes to hikes around Winchcombe. Half-a-dozen long distance trails pass through the village, including the gorgeous 102 mile (164 km) Cotswold Way and the scenic Gloucestershire Way. In fact, Winchcombe is such a mecca for walking that the town hosts a popular walking festival every May.

Take in the archetypal honey-hued limestone brickwork of the Cotswolds in the surrounding villages, some of the prettiest in the country. Get closer to nature, as you stroll along the tranquil banks of the charming River Isbourne. Meanwhile, vast panoramas unfold high on the Cotswold scarp, as you hike in the company of a diverse array of wildlife.

Intermediate
02:30
5.38 mi
Intermediate
04:40
10.5 mi
Easy
01:50
4.04 mi
Intermediate
02:10
4.82 mi
Intermediate
02:54
6.41 mi
Intermediate
03:53
8.67 mi
Intermediate
03:29
7.74 mi
Intermediate
02:04
4.90 mi
Intermediate
02:27
5.30 mi
Difficult
05:44
12.2 mi
Difficult
06:01
13.8 mi
Intermediate
03:41
8.32 mi
Intermediate
02:31
5.63 mi
Easy
01:05
2.56 mi
Intermediate
02:24
5.12 mi
Easy
01:25
3.36 mi

Top 16 best walks and hikes around Winchcombe

    1
    Intermediate
    02:30
    5.38 mi
    2.2 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    2
    Intermediate
    04:40
    10.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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  • 3
    Easy
    01:50
    4.04 mi
    2.2 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    4
    Intermediate
    02:10
    4.82 mi
    2.2 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    5
    Intermediate
    02:54
    6.41 mi
    2.2 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    6
    Intermediate
    03:53
    8.67 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    7
    Intermediate
    03:29
    7.74 mi
    2.2 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    8
    Intermediate
    02:04
    4.90 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    9
    Intermediate
    02:27
    5.30 mi
    2.2 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    10
    Difficult
    05:44
    12.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    11
    Difficult
    06:01
    13.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    12
    Intermediate
    03:41
    8.32 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    13
    Intermediate
    02:31
    5.63 mi
    2.2 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
    14
    Easy
    01:05
    2.56 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    15
    Intermediate
    02:24
    5.12 mi
    2.1 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    16
    Easy
    01:25
    3.36 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Classic Cotswold scenes

The Cotswolds are rightly famous for their uniquely idyllic towns and villages and the rural magnificence of the gently undulating hills. Walks around Winchcombe explore the very centre of this wonderful part of Britain. From the gothic shadow of the parish church of St Peters, which is well-known for its gargoyles, there are many walks of great interest.

A variety of routes fan out from the town, taking the intrepid to castles boasting award-winning gardens, historic remains and charming villages. The Neolithic burial ground of Belas Knap is a popular excursion. Situated below the crest of a prominent ridge, it rewards with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Meanwhile, nearby villages exhibit the limestone brickwork and thatched roofs of Tudor manor houses built on the wealth of the wool trade.

Exploring the highest land in the Cotswolds

The ancient Anglo-Saxon town is situated perfectly for an excursion onto the highest area of upland in Gloucestershire, Cleeve Common. Some of the best hiking trails around Winchcombe culminate on Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds at 1,083 feet (330 m).

From the town centre, trails follow the peaceful River Isbourne to the eastern flanks of the common. From here it is not far to the trig point on the summit. The viewpoint to the north offers a stupendous vista down to Cheltenham and Gloucester and beyond to the Malvern Hills, the Bristol Channel and the distant Welsh Black Mountains.

Get closer to nature

There is a myriad of wildlife to enjoy during hikes around Winchcombe. Cleeve Common is a haven for plants, insects, birds, reptiles and mammals, which thrive on the unique limestone grassland. The common’s thin, nutrient-starved topsoil leads to a great diversity of plant life, as individual species struggle to claim a monopoly. There are several varieties of orchid found here as well as other wildflowers.

Elsewhere in the surrounding countryside, rabbits inhabit the fields and meadows in abundance, whilst adders often sun themselves on exposed rocks. Roe deer are less brazen, often hiding from any hint of human activity. Nevertheless, the lighter-footed hiker might stand a chance of catching a glimpse.

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