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Walking In The Cotswolds

There are over 3000 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways throughout Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds and many of the long distance routes that dissect the county traverse the Cotswolds, particularly in the north. Each of the routes can be easily broken down into day walks using public transport or by using lanes and other public rights of way to create circular routes. To enjoy the best of the countryside be sure to follow the countryside code and be safe.

Footpaths



Countryside Code



Rights Of Way

Follow the coloured arrows that will guide you along the correct route. They can be found on gateposts, trees and stiles, they can be metal, plastic or painted, but always look around you to find them as the signs may be damaged or faded. All public footpaths on explorer maps are marked with a green dashed line and national trails and long distance paths are in green with diamond shapes linking the dashes.

Yellow Arrow represents a public footpath Red Arrow represents a Byway open to all traffic Blue Arrow represents a Bridleway
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Town Trails

Discover the history of the Cotswold towns by following one of the town trails or visit a tourist information centre for one of the many guides available.



Long distance paths and National Trails

There are several long distance paths and National Trails that pass through the Cotswolds Long Distance Footpaths A brief guide to all the long distance footpaths that pass through the Cotswolds.