Guidebook to walking the Cotswold Way National Trail between Chipping Campden and Bath, across the Cotswolds AONB - which includes both a guide to the route and a separate mapping booklet. The 102 mile (163km) route is described in both directions over 13 stages, of between 6 and 10 miles, depending on the existence of overnight accommodation. Camping options are sparse along the route.
This guidebook is illustrated with maps and the author's own full-colour photographs. The stage-by-stage route description is accompanied by overview maps at a scale of 1:100,000 (1cm to 1 mile). A more detailed map of the Way is supplied in booklet form, at a scale of 1:25,000, slid into the back of the book.
The Cotswold Way became a National Trail in May 2007, despite having been a much-loved walking route for more than 35 years. It follows the Cotswold escarpment, with dramatic and far-reaching views across the Severn Vale towards the Welsh hills, plunging down to visit honey-coloured villages, old market towns and the elegant and historic city of Bath.
Kev Reynolds is a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press (Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978; he has since produced many more titles for the same publisher, with others in the pipeline. A member of the Outdoor Writers- Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside remains undiminished after a lifetime's activity, and he regularly travels throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures.
CONTENTS Map key Overview map and profile Route summary tables Trek planner Introduction The Cotswold Way Planning your trip Choosing an itinerary Which way to walk? When to go? Self-guided or guided? Getting there and getting around First nights and last nights Accommodation Facilities en route Baggage transfer service What to take The Cotswold Way Hall of Fame Planning day by day Using this guide Additional mapping Waymarking Health, safety and emergencies Mobile phones, wi-fi and the internet The Country Code All about the Cotswolds Geology Plants and wildlife Man in the landscape Southbound: Chipping Campden to Bath Introduction Stage 1 Chipping Campden to Stanton Stage 2 Stanton to Winchcombe Stage 3 Winchcombe to Cleeve Hill Stage 4 Cleeve Hill to Dowdeswell (A40) Stage 5 Dowdeswell (A40) to Birdlip Stage 6 Birdlip to Painswick Stage 7 Painswick to Middleyard (King's Stanley) Stage 8 Middleyard (King's Stanley) to Dursley Stage 9 Dursley to Wotton-under-Edge Stage 10 Wotton-under-Edge to Hawkesbury Upton Stage 11 Hawkesbury Upton to Tormarton Stage 12 Tormarton to Cold Ashton Stage 13 Cold Ashton to Bath Northbound: Bath to Chipping Campden Introduction Stage 1 Bath to Cold Ashton Stage 2 Cold Ashton to Tormarton Stage 3 Tormarton to Hawkesbury Upton Stage 4 Hawkesbury Upton to Wotton-under-Edge Stage 5 Wotton-under-Edge to Dursley Stage 6 Dursley to Middleyard (King's Stanley) 2 Stage 7 Middleyard (King's Stanley) to Painswick Stage 8 Painswick to Birdlip Stage 9 Birdlip to Dowdeswell (A40) Stage 10 Dowdeswell (A40) to Cleeve Hill Stage 11 Cleeve Hill to Winchcombe Stage 12 Winchcombe to Stanton Stage 13 Stanton to Chipping Campden Appendix A Useful contacts Appendix B Accommodation along the route Appendix C Further reading