Walking Holidays in the Cotswolds

 The Close is the perfect place to stay for a walking holiday in the Cotswolds.   The Close is set in the Cotswolds AONB, with 600 acres of National Trust common land a few steps away, a wealth of public footpaths in the area, and close to the Cotswold Way.  Walking is one of the simplest pleasures in life, and walking in a beautiful setting just enhances the experience.  Good weather is a bonus, but even on a dull day or 'sunshine and showers' this is still a lovely area of the country. 

We have a range of local guide books, maps and walk leaflets to give you ideas of where to go and what to see.  We can provide lifts to/from the start or end of your walk.  We can set you up with a packed lunch or suggest suitable pubs or cafes for refreshment along the way.  And when you return with muddy boots and jackets, there is a place to hang them (and dry them if you have been caught in a shower). 

Whether you like walking up/down hills or on the flat, with/without stiles, on/off road, long or short distances, linear or circular, there are lots of walks on offer, a small subset of which is outlined below:

  • Stroll around Westonbirt Arboretum – a glorious setting for a relaxing walk, at any time of year. 
  • Walk through Woodchester Park – around 2-3 hours walking in the sheltered woodland surrounding the unfinished Victorian Woodchester Mansion, overlooking the lakes and boathouse.  A wonderfully quiet and contemplative setting.
  • 'Miles without stiles' walk through Minchinhampton and the surrounding area, with wonderful views, exploring much of Minchinhampton Common, a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
  • A canal walk around Frampton on Severn – a beautiful village with reputedly the longest village green in England.  A flat walk in a lovely setting.
  • Cotswold Way circular or linear walks including a walk around the pretty village of Selsley with its Arts & Crafts church, or the lovely town of Painswick (Queen of the Cotswolds), both of which have wonderful views over surrounding countryside.
  • Explore the Slad valley via the Laurie Lee Walk.  In his centenary year, a walk leaflet has been published for a walk through glorious countryside around Slad.  The first bit of the walk is very steep, so if you don't like hills, this is not the walk for you.


The Close B&B, The Close, Well Hill, Minchinhampton, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 9JE
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