Following footpaths, bridleways, and minor roads, discover hidden corners, epic views, historic sites, and a rich diversity of wildlife.
Cotswolds National Landscape has worked with local communities to create ten Cotswold Gateway locations, from which people can follow walking and cycling routes to explore the surrounding countryside.
As a Gateway Town, Winchcombe offers visitors an opportunity to discover hidden corners, epic views, historic sites and a rich diversity of wildlife on waymarked, circular walking and cycling routes in the beautiful Cotswolds.
Six walking and four cycling routes, each of varying lengths and character, have been established as part of the project which has been coordinated by the Cotswold Conservation Board.
With all routes starting and finishing in Winchcombe, it is hoped that the initiative will attract many new visitors to the town with it’s wonderful individual shops, eateries and many local attractions including the historic Sudeley Castle.
The walks and cycle routes are listed below:
Gateway walking routes – details can be found on the Walking Panel situated on Abbey Terrace
1 – Winchcombe to Sudeley Castle (approx 2 miles, 1 hr, easy)
2 – Winchcombe to Langley Hill wood carving (approx 4.5 miles 2.5 hrs, moderate)
3 – Sudeley, Kenelm & Monks Hole (approx 4.75 miles, 2.75 hrs, strenuous)
4 – Winchcombe to the source of the river Isbourne (approx 6 miles 3 hrs,moderate)
5 – Winchcombe to Belas Knap Long Barrow (approx 5.5 miles 2.75 hrs, moderate)
6 – Farmcote to Hailes Abbey (approx 7.5 miles 4 hrs, moderate)
Gateway cycling routes – details can be found on the Cycling Panel situated in Back Lane Car Park