The Cotswolds are a prominent range of limestone Hills stretching for around 90 miles to the north east of Bath. The Rocky ground and poor soil in this area is difficult for arable farming but ideal for grazing livestock, particularly sheep. Which brought great wealth to the area during the mediaeval period. The income from this industry was used to build large majestic churches, fine cottages and town houses of grey and golden limestone, quarried from the local hillsides.

Hikers on the Cotswold Way
Hikers on the Cotswold Way © Travel About Britain

The Cotswold Way is 100 mile long popular route for walkers through the Cotswold Edge country, between Chipping Campden and Bath. It was launched in 1970 by Gloucestershire County Council. You will need at least 7 to 9 days to complete the whole walk, although it may be more convenient to tackle it in small portions at a time.

A number of very good guides have been produced to help guide walkers, providing practical and historical information on each section. If you wish to find your own way, you can purchase OS map numbers 150, 151, 162, 163 and 172 and trace the route yourself. A complete map guide of the route, written by Kev Reynolds, is also available, Publisher: Cicerone Press, ISBN: 9781852848972

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