There are two Cotswold Discovery Trails, one in the north and one in the south Cotswolds. You receive both in your trail pack.
The trails are written and designed as circular routes that take a day long to complete, allowing you to finish close to where you begun.
Each trail has 5-6 designated start points around the route making each trail easily accessible form anywhere in the Cotswold.
Each route brings a balance of town, village, countryside and historical monument for you to discover on each. The trails traverse the 4 historic counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, but they are not just a journey across the Cotswolds they are a journey through time, allowing you to discover the full depth and rich history of the Cotswolds as well as its stunning beauty.
Click on the location markers on the maps below for the postcode so you can calculate the distance to you closest start point.
NORTH COTSWOLD DISCOVERY TRAIL
The north Cotswold Discovery Trail snakes its way around the countryside stopping at many of the most famous and historic towns the Cotswolds has to offer.
The major stops include the medieval market town of Burford, the famous
Stow-on-the-Wold, the beautiful Chipping Campden, Bourton-on-the-Water with its charming bridges, the incredible Upper & Lower Slaughters, Winchcombe and the historic Sudeley Castle, amazing views at Broadway Tower, the Stone Age monument of Belas Knap and the ancient market town of Northleach
DID YOU KNOW
Minchinhampton has an entry in John Lloyd and Douglas Adams famous book 'The Meaning of Liff'.
It is given the definition "The expression on a man's face when he has just zipped up his trousers without due care and attention".
If by some strange chance you happen upon this circumstance when in Minchinhampton be sure to try and get a photo and let us know.
SOUTH COTSWOLD DISCOVERY TRAIL
The south Cotswold Discovery Trail brings you to:
A Roman Amphitheatre near Cirencester, the picture postcard village of Bibury, the delightful ribbon village of Chedworth, an Iron Age fort set upon the Cotswold Escarpment, Painswick; the Queen of the Cotswolds, the charming village of Minchinhampton,
Badminton with its famous sporting connections, the delightful village of Sherston, the historic town of Tetbury
and the source of the River Thames.