10 of the best dog walks in The Cotswolds

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 our favourite walks in the Cotswolds.

I’ve included a GPX file along with the route for each walk, 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.

Walks below are in order from shortest to longest!

(It goes without saying, please don’t travel outside of your local area against government guidelines to do any of these walks!)

Nottingham Hill Walk

This is one of our favourites for a nice quick and easy walk (great at sunset), with far reaching views over to the Malverns and fairly flat too. It’s very easy to extend this walk onto Cleeve Hill or down to Gotherington if you want to go for a little longer.

Cockapoo dog at sunset on Nottingham Hill, with views over The Cotswolds.

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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Miserden Circular Walk

A lovely short walk at all times of year, Miserden is a gorgeous little village, the lake is truly stunning and there are plenty of swimming opportunities for dogs! We love this walk in spring, when the forest floor is covered in wild garlic.

Cockapoo next to lake in The Cotswolds. Autumn colours of trees reflecting into lake.

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.

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Barrow Wake Circular Walk

Definitely one of our favourite sunset spots in The Cotswolds! Barrow Wake has great uninterrupted views for miles. This is a really accessible viewpoint by car so this short circular walk gets away from any crowds with amazing views for almost the entire walk! Follow this route clockwise to avoid a tough climb up through the woods.

Note – I don’t advise parking at the official Barrow Wake car park, it can be a little dodgy after sunset!

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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Stanton and Snowshill Circular Walk

Taking in two of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, I absolutely love this circular walk. It’s always surprisingly quiet with pubs at the half way and end points, a winner in my mind!

Dog with lead sitting on wall while on a dog walk in a snowy Cotswold village. Next to a red telephone box.

Distance: 6 miles
Time: Allow 2.5 hours
Sheep Watch:  In a couple of the fields
Parking: Free on road parking in Stanton WR12 7NF
Refreshments: 
The Mount Inn at Stanton and The Snowshill Arms in Snowshill

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Belas Knap & Charlton Abbots Walk

A really lovely circuit with a mix of woodland, open fields and the quiet side of Cleeve Hill. This has become a real favourite during lockdown as it’s generally never busy!

Light ginger dog lying on snowy ground in a woodland. Misty trees in the background.

Distance: 6 miles
Time: Allow 3 hours
Sheep Watch:  Some in fields near Belas Knap
Parking: Parking in layby at crossroads GL54 5TF
Refreshments: 
None

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Coln St Aldwyns & Bibury Walk

This is a lovely walk for when the ground is dry (it can get VERY muddy in wet weather). It takes in the two lovely villages of Coln St Aldwyns and Bibury, taking farm tracks in one direction before following along the river all the way back to Coln St Aldwyns. Plenty of swimming opportunities for dogs and The New Inn is a fantastic dog friendly pub for before or after the walk.

Cockapoo sitting on a bridge in front of pretty hotel in Bibury, Cotswolds.

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!)

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Bruce Friendship Trail – Haresfield Walk

A particularly lovely walk during autumn and spring, as a lot of this walk is through woodland. The view from the top of Haresfield beacon is wonderful and the majority of the walk is lovely and quiet with minimal livestock.

Happy dog sitting in forest with autumn colours on the trees and fallen leaves on the ground.

Distance: 6 miles
Time: Allow 3 hours
Sheep Watch:  None when we have walked this route
Parking: Shortwood National Trust car park, free for members GL6 6PP
Refreshments: 
No

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Whittington & Cleeve Hill Walk

We really love walking around Whittington, especially when the oxeye daisies are out in the summer months, and this walk extends right over to Cleeve Hill for a nice circuit. There’s a little bit of road walking on this route, but they’re very quiet lanes!

Happy cockapoo dog sitting amongst a field of wild daisies while on a dog walk.

Distance: 7.5 miles
Time: Allow 3 hours
Sheep Watch:  On Cleeve Hill in summer months
Parking: Free on road parking in Whittington
Refreshments: 
No

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Naunton & the Slaughters Walk

This is one of our favourites at all times of year, plenty of swimming opportunities for dogs in the summer and the villages of Naunton, Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter are all beautiful.

Wet dog with paws on log next to a river after swimming. Summer's day in The Cotswolds.

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.

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Cheltenham ‘3 Peaks Challenge’ Walk

Cute dog sitting on a bench at sunset with autumn trees in the background while on a dog walk.

For a serious full day walk, you can’t beat the Cheltenham 3 peaks challenge. Taking in the three main hills around Cheltenham; Crickley Hill, Leckhampton Hill and Cleeve Hill. You’ll be stretched to find better views in the Cotswolds than this!

If you don’t fancy the 23 mile hike, it’s very easy to break the walk down and tackle smaller sections instead.

Distance: 23 miles
Time: Allow 8 hours
Sheep Watch:  Yes but not many considering the length of walk!
Parking: Pay and display North Place car park GL50 4DW
Refreshments: 
Cafe on Crickley Hill, plenty of options in Cheltenham for before/after the walk (see here for our favourites)

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There are so many more walks we could have included, so maybe we’ll have to do a part 2 sometime! 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 and Poppy x

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