Take A Hike! 5 Great Cotswold Walks
The Frogmill is where the outstanding natural beauty of the English countryside meets one of the best pubs in the Cotswolds.
Soak up the splendour of southern England by embarking on one of these spectacular walks, and reward yourself with a pint of something foamy in our cosy country pub at the end…
1. Woodchester Mansion Circular Walk
Set on the grounds of a gothic stately home in Gloucestershire, this 8.2km walk takes you through wondrous woodlands and past gently lapping lakes – these are quite the spectacle in summer months as they’re often adorned with lily pads. Follow the red trail from the car park around the ponds. Along the route, you’re likely to bump into a few sheep; if you have a dog whose natural urge is to spook them, don’t forget to bring a lead!
2. Bibury to Coln St Aldwyns
A few minutes drive from The Frogmill is breathtaking Bibury. Once described as “The most beautiful village in England” by 19th-century literary figure William Morris, Bibury is the ideal spot for a selfie. Photos snapped, and it’s time to head in the direction of another charming chocolate box village, Coln St Aldwyns. Much of the walk is along the River Coln and passes through some seriously stunning scenery. Once you’ve reached Coln St Andrews, you can circle back; the route is 10.5km in total.
From the finish, it’s a short hop back to The Frogmill. A pint poured at one of the best pubs in the Cotswolds is a fitting way to end the day.
3. The Windrush Way
As great Cotswold walks go, The Windrush Way is right up there. Starting at Bourton-On-The-Water (also known as ‘The Venice of the Cotswolds’ because of its winding waterways and superb stone bridges) this undulating route lasts some 21.6km, taking in the villages of Hawling, Cold Aston and – it should go without saying, really – plenty of splendid scenery. The final destination is the market town of Winchcombe, another charming spot known for its timbered architecture.
4. Cleeve Hill and Common Circular Walk
If you’re in the mood for a windswept wander, lace up your hiking boots and head for Cleeve Hill Common. The route is approximately 6 miles long and starts in the car park near the golf club north of Cleeve Hill.
You begin by heading east before turning south to ascend Cleeve Common. Here you’ll get to admire the sights of the Cotswold Way from a series of stunning viewpoints.
There’s more climbing to do as you head north, passing an old hill fort before reaching the top of Cleeve Hill. At 1,083 feet it’s the highest point in the Cotswolds. From here you’ll be able to see over the town of Cheltenham and beyond. On a clear day, the view stretches as far as the Black Mountains of Wales.
5. The Winchcombe Way
Walkers serious about getting their stomp on have plenty of options when it comes to the figure-of-eight trail network that is The Winchcombe Way. From the town of Winchcombe, you can take on the 20km eastern loop that passes through the picture-perfect villages of Cutsdean, Taddington and Snowshill. Or tackle the western loop, a wildly epic 33.6km trek that’s sure to please backpackers and birders alike.
Alternatively, walk the entire trail over the course of a few days using The Frogmill as your base. As well as being one of the best pubs in the Cotswolds, our hotel rooms provide the perfect sanctuary to grab a great night’s kip.