Fully revised and rewalked 2nd edition. The Cotswold Way is a 102-mile National Trail that runs from Chipping Campden to Bath, following the beautiful Cotswold escarpment for most of its course. The trail leads through quintessentially English countryside with little villages of honey-coloured stone to the well-known town of Bath. 5 town plans and 44 large-scale walking maps – at just under 1:20,000 – showing route times, places to stay, points of interest and much more Itineraries for all walkers – whether walking the route in its entirety over seven to eight days or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks Practical information for all budgets – camping, bunkhouses, hostels, B&Bs, pubs and hotels; Chipping Campden to Bath – where to stay, where to eat, what to see, plus detailed street plans Comprehensive public transport information – for all access points on the Cotswold Way. Flora and fauna – four page full color flower guide, plus an illustrated section on local wildlife Green hiking – understanding the local environment and minimizing our impact on it Bath city guide · Includes downloadable gps waypoints
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IntroductionAsked to conjure up an image of a quintessential Cotswold scene, most people will come up with some combination of a village of honey-coloured houses set against a backdrop of sheep grazing in hillside fields, demarcated by seemingly endless dry-stone walls. For once, the reality and the picture-postcard image still coincide, at least in part. Nevertheless, to walk the Cotswold Way is to discover a far more complex – and arguably more rewarding – environment, characterised in addition by ancient beech woods lining the Cotswold escarpment and wide tracts of arable land. With the Cotswold villages of tourist brochures along the early part of the route, and the architectural glories of Georgian Bath that await the walker in the south, it's soon clear that Cotswold limestone has been hugely influential in defining the landscape. As you head south, so the stone of the houses gradually dims, from Stanton's golden cottages to the palest ivory of Painswick's villas. Simple parish churches, towering follies and stately homes make their mark, too, all constructed of the same stone. Yet it's not just the stone that hints at the region's history. You won't get far without coming across any number of humps, lumps and bumps, relics of earlier inhabitants who left their mark in burial mounds, hill forts, monasteries and even villas right across the trail. Their chosen spots were often some of those most revered by today's walkers, wide-open expanses on windy hilltops with views west to the wide River Severn and the Malvern Hills. Almost the entire trail runs through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, crossing fields still bounded by hedges and walls, and hills where sheep have grazed for centuries. In the early years it was these sheep that led many a merchant to make his fortune in the wool trade, which thus underpinned the foundation of towns from Chipping Campden to Dursley. Where grazing has ended, human intervention has ensured that at least some of the rich grassland can remain a haven for the wild flowers, birds and insects that previous generations took for granted. Thoughtfully, the Cotswold Way crosses all these places – and perhaps that's the greatest advantage of a man-made trail. While earlier walkers must have taken a direct route on pilgrimage to the abbey at Hailes, today's walkers on the Cotswold Way find themselves twisting and turning along a trail that effectively showcases the very best that the region can offer. That that includes historic castles, more than a passing nod to the Arts and Crafts movement, and some excellent pubs, is to the benefit of all. About this bookThis guidebook contains all the information you need; the hard work has been done for you so you can plan your trip from home without the usual pile of books, maps, guides and tourist brochures. It includes: • All standards of accommodation, from campsites to luxurious guesthouses• Walking companies if you want anoffering organised tours• A number ofS suggested itineraries for all types of walkers• Answers to all your questions: when to go, degree of difficulty, what to pack and the approximate cost of the whole walking holiday When you're all packed, boots on and ready to go, there's plenty of information to get you to and from the Cotswold Way, and 44 detailed maps (1:20,000) together with nine town/village plans to help you find your way along it. The route guide section includes: • Walking times in both directions• Reviews of accommodation including campsites, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses• Cafés, pubs, tea- shops, restaurants, and shops for buying supplies• Rail, bus and taxi information for the towns and villages on or near the path• Town plans of Chipping Campden, Broadway, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Painswick, Dursley, Wotton-under-Edge and Bath• Historical, cultural and geographical background information Minimum impact for maximum insightWe do not inherit the earth from our ancestors: we borrow it from our children. Native American proverb By their very nature, walkers tend to be both interested in and concerned about the natural environment. This book seeks to reinforce that interest and concern. There are sections devoted to minimum-impact walking and conservation, with ideas on how to broaden that ethos, as well as a detailed, illustrated chapter on wildlife. There can be few activities as 'environmentally friendly' as walking. By developing a deeper ecological awareness through a better understanding of nature, and by supporting rural economies, sensitive forms of transport and low-impact methods of farming and land use, we can all do our bit to ensure that the environment remains in safe hands for generations to come.
Table of ContentsINTRODUCTION (1) PART 1: PLANNING YOUR WALK – About the Cotswold Way (History, How difficult is the Cotswold Way?, How long do you need?), Practical information for the visitor (Accommodation, Food and drink, Money, Other services, Information for foreign visitors, Walking companies), Budgeting (Accommodation, Extras), When to go (Seasons, Temperature and rainfall, Daylight hours, Annual events), Itineraries (Which direction? Highlights, Village and town facilities, Suggested itineraries, Hillwalking side trips, Mountain biking, Walking with dogs), What to take (Keep it light, How to carry it, Footwear, Clothes, Toiletries, First-aid kit, General items, Sleeping bag, Camping gear, Money, Maps, Recommended reading), Getting to and from the Cotswold Way (National transport, Getting to Britain, Local transport, Local transport map and details) Sources of further information (2) PART 2: MINIMUM IMPACT TREKKING Economic impact, Environmental impact, Access, Outdoor safety (Avoidance of hazards, Weather forecasts, Blisters, Hypothermia, Heat exhaustion and heatstroke, Sunburn) (3) PART 3: THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURE Conserving the Cotswold Way (Natural Heritage, Campaigning & conservation organizations), Fauna and flora (Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Trees, Flowers (4) PART 4: BATH City guide (Orientation, Arrival and departure, Getting around, Services, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, What to see) (5) PART 5: ROUTE GUIDE & 50 MAPS Chipping Campden to Bath (6) INDEX