There are a number of activities in the Cotswolds to keep you busy; the traditional Cotswold activities of walking and cycling are as popular as ever, with many visitors to the Cotswolds coming for the numerous walking and cycling trails surrounded by stunning countryside.

The Cotswolds are situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with thousands of miles of footpaths and bridleways, a walker’s paradise. Walk through rolling countryside dotted with picturesque villages full of history and follow winding river valleys with some great views.

Just over 100 miles of quintessentially English countryside. Follow the Cotswolds escarpment with its stunning views and charming villages from the beautiful Cotswold market town of Chipping Campden in the north to the World Heritage City of Bath in the south.

The Cotswold Way is a long distance walking trail that runs between the market town of Chipping Campden in the north and the city of Bath in the south. The trail is 102 miles (164 km) long, and runs for most of its length on the Cotswold escarpment. It passes through many picturesque villages and close to a significant number of historic sites, for example the Roman heritage at Bath, the Neolithic burial chamber at Belas Knap, Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe, Hailes Abbey and many beautiful churches and historic houses. Download some circular walking trails from the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty website.

Alternatively, pick up one of the numerous walk guides available and explore the many long distance footpaths:

  • Diamond Way
  • Gloucestershire Way
  • Macmillan Way
  •  Monarchs Way
  •  Wardens Way
  • Windrush Way
  • Winchcombe Way 

If you do not wish to map read, try one of the several guided walks which take place each week throughout the Cotswolds, led by Cotswold AONB Voluntary Wardens.  The programme can be found in the Lion newspaper available from TICs and various outlets.  Details can be found online at

Self-guided walks can be downloaded from:

Activities such as cricket and rugby can be participated in, or enjoyed in a more leisurely fashion - spectating with friends. Kingsholm is the home stadium of Gloucester Rugby with a capacity of 16,000 people - once home to England's national team before they settled at Twickenham.

Horse racing is an important pastime in the Cotswolds. The world-famous Cheltenham Festival takes place on the doorstep of the Cotswolds, with an electric atmosphere captivating the whole town right through the week.

Activities in the Cotswolds are not just sporting - see the Cotswolds at your own pace by hiring a classic car and taking in the beautiful scenery - try Cotswold Classic Car Hire.

A great way to learn more about the Cotswolds is to take a cookery course here. You'll learn all about the local produce of the Cotswolds, and hopefully take away some new skills as well.

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