10 of the best dog walks in The Cotswolds

Living in the heart of the Cotswolds, we’re lucky to have so many fantastic dog friendly walks on the doorstep. Walking route suggestions are one of the most requested things in my instagram DMs, so I thought I’d put together a list of a few of our favourite walks in the Cotswolds.

I’ve tried to include a link to both an All Trails route and an OS maps route for each walk. I’d highly recommend the premium version of either of these two apps for walking – they both offer a free trial for you to try it out and cost around £35.99 a year.  There is also a gpx file if you’d prefer to download this. You’ll need an app like OS maps (premium) to read these files. For instructions on how to download a GPX file for your own use, we have written a short guide here.

Take a look at the map below with the locations of the walks, or keep reading for a bit more information on each one.

Walks below are in order from shortest to longest!

Miserden Circular Walk

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Barrow Wake Walk

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Stanton & Snowshill Walk

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Coln St Aldwyns & Bibury Walk

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Bruce Friendship Trail

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Naunton and The Slaughters Walk

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Broadway Tower & Fish Hill Walk

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Belas Knapp & Charlton Abbots Walk

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Cleeve Common Walk

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Distance: 1.5 miles
Time: Allow 1 hour
Sheep Watch:  None, sometimes cows.
Parking: Free at car park on Bushcombe Lane
Refreshments: 
None

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Distance: 2.5 miles
Time: Allow 1.5 hours
Sheep Watch:  Some in the fields by the village.
Parking: Free parking next to The Gardens at Miserden GL6 7JA
Refreshments: 
The Carpenters Arms in Miserden or the cafe at the gardens.

Distance: 2.5 miles
Time: Allow 1.5 hours
Sheep Watch:  None, but there are cows in lower fields.
Parking: Free on road parking just after turning off B4070. Use this pin for exact location.
Refreshments:
None

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Distance: Between 2 and 7 miles
Sheep Watch:  Some in fields and a couple of fields with cows but these can be avoided depending on your route.
Parking: National Trust parking, free for members or £3 all day.
Refreshments: NT cafe at Tinkley Gate entrance to park. 

Distance: 5.2 miles. The Alltrails route below is slightly longer at 6.1 miles but does take you via The Fish Hotel where dogs are welcome in the bar. 
Sheep Watch:  Some in fields. Also watch for deer near the tower!
Parking: Free at Fish Hill car park (open dawn til dusk). Alternatively you can start at car parks in Broadway or at Broadway Tower but these are both paid parking options.
Refreshments: Cafe at Broadway Tower or plenty of options in Broadway itself (we like Number 32 Broadway)

Distance: 6 miles
Time: Allow 3 hours
Sheep Watch:  Some in a couple of the fields by the river.
Parking: Free on road parking in Coln St Aldwyns GL7 5AN
Refreshments: 
The New Inn at Coln St Aldwyns does THE BEST burgers (and is very dog friendly!)

Distance: 6 miles
Time: Allow 3 hours
Sheep Watch:  None when we have walked this route
Parking: Cleeve Common Quarry car park GL52 3PW £2. 
Refreshments: Dogs welcome at the golf club cafe right next to the car park. If you spend more than £2 your parking will be free.

Distance: 9 miles
Time: Allow 3.5 hours
Sheep Watch:  Not many, but in a few of the fields
Parking: Free on road parking in Naunton GL54 3AD
Refreshments: 
The Black Horse at Naunton, but also a couple of (overpriced) options in Lower Slaughter too.

There are so many more walks we could have included, but hopefully this gives a little inspiration for your Cotswold dog walks! 

Take a look at some of our other Cotswolds guides for more walking inspiration, places to eat with your dog and our favourite walks at different times of year.

If you ever need any advice planning a walk around the Cotswolds, please do drop us a message. We’d be more than happy to try and help.

Thanks for reading,
Cara, Andy, Poppy and Maple x