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Winchcombe Way

68 km / 42 miles

The Winchcombe Way is a figure-of-eight trail centred on Winchcombe. The way marked trail is designed to show walkers the hidden gems of the northern Cotswolds. The landscape is constantly changing and reveals the charm of the Cotswolds.

The eastern loop climbs out of Winchcombe and follows the Farmcote valley before entering Guiting Wood. From here it passes through quiet valleys and the tranquil villages of Cutsdean, Taddington and Snowshill. The route turns and follows the Cotswold escarpment through the villages of Buckland, Laverton and Stanton nestling at the bottom of the hill. The trail passes Stanway House and the recently restored watermill before passing Hailes Abbey on the return to Winchcombe.

The western loop ascends Langley Hill with splendid views before dropping down into Gretton and across to Alderton. From here the trail skirts around Dumbleton Hill with ever changing views before heading to Alstone. From Alstone the views ahead of wooded hills inspires one to climb Nottingham Hill and onto Cleeve Common. The vast common has rare plants and spectacular views before you head to Belas Knap long barrow and descend towards Winchcombe with fine views of Sudeley Castle and the surrounding countryside.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Challenging; Downland/Wolds; Heritage
Start and Finish:
SP022282 - Abbey Terrace, Winchcombe, Glos
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Web Sites: Winchcombe Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Booklet: Winchcombe Way (Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome - 2011)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger: 150163
OS Landranger Active: 150163
OS Explorer: 45179190
OS Explorer Active: 45179190

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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B & B Accommodation: Apple Tree House  (bookable online) 2 Km 56 Km
Self-catering: Broadway Holiday Cottages  (bookable online) 2 Km 56 Km

Connected Paths:

National Trails (England & Wales): Cotswold Way National Trail
Paths Marked on OS mapping: Diamond Way (North Cotswold); Gloucestershire Way
Other Paths: Cotswold Ring; Cotswold Round; Cotswolds Walk; Donnington Way; Gustav Holst Way; Sabrina Way; St Kenelm's Trail; St Kenelm's Way
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Route Profile:

67.7 Km (42.1 miles)
1,564 m (5,131 ft) ascent
313 m (1,027 ft)  maximum height