Come along and explore the local area at the Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival. Situated in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an abundance of footpaths and history there's a great selection of 24 walks to suit all abilities plus 2 evening events. The festival is based in a Saxon town steeped in history and a great base for a walking festival.
Our walks, led by knowledgeable local guides follow the River Isbourne, visit a working quarry, cross the top of the Cotswolds, visit a fruit farm, a beekeeper, a secluded Roman Villa amongst others. Get up for the dawn chorus, walk to a pub for lunch, learn about Sudeley Castle’s involvement in the Civil War, find out about the famous Cotswold Lion sheep or attempt the Winchcombe Way Challenge.
Winchcombe is often referred to as the walking capital of the Cotswolds.
It was the first town in the Cotswolds to gain Walkers are Welcome status in 2009. This innovative community-led scheme, launched in 2007 encourages towns and villages to be ‘welcoming to walkers’.
Winchcombe strives to be an attractive destination for walkers with top quality information on local walks. The group ensures that footpaths and facilities for walkers are maintained, improved and well signposted, offering some of the best footpaths in the Cotswolds.
Visit www.winchcombewelcomeswalkers.com to find all the information you need if you are visiting. We have pages focused on where to walk, eat and sleep and links to numerous websites where you can find a wealth of information.
For guided walks there is the popular annual Winchcombe Walking Festival in May or there are plenty of Cotswold Voluntary Wardens guided walks listed on the website.
|2022 - Opening (15 May 2022 - 17 May 2022)|
* Three day walking festival 15 - 17 May 2020. Open rest of year for self-guided walks. See our downloadable walks for ideas.
Follow the B4632 with Winchcombe situated between Cheltenham and Broadway. Back Lane car park offers all day parking for £1
Public Transport Directions
Winchcombe is served by Pulhams 606 service from Cheltenham to Chipping Campden, and Stagecoach's W service Cheltenham to Winchcombe. Both run Monday to Saturday.